The government has lifted the temporary ban on the importation of the lever-action shotgun, prompting concerns that it will destroy Australia's gun laws.
Among those disappointed by the move is Port Arthur massacre survivor, Carolyn Loughton, and Greens Senator for South Australia, Penny Wright.
They're also concerned by figures from the Australian Crime Commission which suggest there are about 260,000 illicit long arms and handguns in Australia.
However, guns rights advocates like the Nationals Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie, says that responsible firearms owners are being demonised. They quote the recent report tabled at a senate inquiry which said that only four hundredths of one per cent of all registered guns in Australia were stolen and only five per cent of those were used to commit a crime.
Senator McKenzie and Senator Wright defended their arguments on RN Drive.