Dated 9 April 2017

Dear Queensland Police Minister,

The National Firearms Agreement 2017 requires jurisdictions to limit the quantity of ammunition accessed and used by law-abiding, licensed firearm owners.  Clauses 53 and 54 read:
53. Jurisdictions agree to the following principles to underpin firearms dealer recording of firearms transactions:
[…] (d) police personnel investigating a crime or checking the compliance of licenced gun dealers with recording responsibilities should have the right to inspect the records of licenced gun dealers without the need to give notice to the licensee.
54. Jurisdictions will legislate to allow the sale of ammunition only for those firearms for which the purchaser is licenced, and impose limits on the quantity of ammunition that may be purchased in a given period.

I note that “firearms transactions” and “firearms sales” are used in different places in the NFA2017.  The use of the different terms indicates that “firearms transactions” includes things other than the sale of firearms, like the sale of ammunition.

Queensland is a party to this agreement and presumably intends to legislate to give effect to the agreement.  My questions for you are:

1. When will your government act to restrict the volume of ammunition purchased?  What will the monthly or annual limits be?

2. When will the existing online information exchange between Queensland Police and Firearms Dealers be expanded to report ammunition sales to QPS?

3. Is it true that the online information exchange system will simply tell dealers “do not sell to this customer” when the customer’s monthly or annual limit is reached?


Yours faithfully,