Former National party leader asks: ‘Do we want to import the NRA terminology and the poisonous policies of that in Australia?’

The former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who helped the Howard government introduce sweeping gun reforms in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre, has warned against “chipping away” at gun ownership laws.

On the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday, Fischer and the other panellists were told by an employee of the Sporting Shooting Association of Australia that the country needed to “have a look at some of the bureaucratic overregulation of law-abiding firearms owners”.

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