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Region: Greater Middle East

            Gun Rights and Bogan Fights
            Support for relaxed gun laws in the top end starts to gain traction
            May 16th

Over the last few weeks, Queensland Senators Bob Katter and Pauline Hanson have worked to promote a relaxation of gun laws in Queensland. Bob Katter of Katter's Australia Party, as the Member for Kennedy in Queensland's far north, has argued that a relaxation of gun restrictions are vital, particularly in country Queensland where a large amount of the population work on farms and often have run-ins with rabbits, foxes, feral cats, feral pigs and boar, wild dogs, wild goats, and camels. Bob Katter has mentioned that 'city folk don't have to deal' with invasive species and fight to protect their properties. Katter sparked more controversy that usual a few days ago, when he blamed mentally ill people for the heavy gun restrictions, mentioning that 'if people stopped being psychopathic nuts' Australia wouldn't have such tough gun laws.

Pauline Hanson of Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party, as a Senator of Queensland, argued a similar point to Katter. She argued that there is 'no good reason' to stop a 'completely sane and law-abiding citizen' from owning a gun, and that 'bad guys are going to break the law regardless,' referring to the idea that a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.

Katter and Hanson both believe that gun restrictions should be significantly lowered. Although both politicians are in federal parliament, they aim on convicing the federal government to relax restrictions, even if it's just for Queensland. Queensland, unlike the rest of Australia's states, are unicameral. Katter's Australia Party and Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party have a combined 4 seats of 93 in Queensland's Legislative Assembly; Shane Knuth (KAP) from Hill, Robbie Katter (KAP) from Traeger, Nick Dametto (KAP) from Hinchinbrook, and Stephen Andrew (PHON) from Mirani.

The legislation will be relaxed significantly, allowing for anyone without a violent crime history or mental problem to be able to purchase a larger variety of weapons and bullets. Katter has also argued for open carry, and for the restrictions to only apply for country, not suburban, Queensland, views not shared by Hanson.

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