The Adler A110 12-gauge shotgun can hold eight shells. A practiced operator (operating operationally) can fire all eight rounds in eight seconds! Which makes the Turkish lever-action long gun a death machine of unparalleled lethality! Or not. As far as I can tell, no one has used an Adler to kill anyone, even someone who needs killing (i.e., a perp posing an imminent credible threat of death or grievous bodily harm). Meanwhile . . .
Australian gun control advocates — which includes the Australian government — are using the Adler to addle the brains of anyone with the temerity to think gun owners Down Under should be have the right to keep and bear a fast-firing firearm with a capacity greater than five-rounds.
The Powers that Be banned imports of the Adler A110 after the Lindt cafe siege, during which a Muslim terrorist used a five-round pump-action shotgun to kill one hostage. (Responding Australian police equipped with M4 carbines also killed a hostage and wounded four others, including a policeman.) Think how much worse it would’ve been if the terrorist had been equipped with an Adler!
That’s the logic, such as it is, that led to the temporary federal import ban on the Adler lever shotgun. Which will soon be lifted, now that all the Australian states have now agreed to re-classify the Adler as a category D firearm, restricting availability to “government agencies, occupational shooters and primary producers in some states.” So now that it’s banned for civilians, it’s not banned!
This “compromise” leaves Australian gun control advocates unsatisfied. They’re calling for the government to confiscate all the Adler A110’s that were legally modified to hold . . . wait for it . . . 11 cartridges! When asked about a modded A110 turn-in, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to address the possibility. “I’m not going to run a commentary or speculate on it,” he demurred.
It’s hard to believe there’s been this much — as in any — kerfuffle about Aussies owning a lever action shotgun in a country where [legally] keeping and bearing any firearm requires more paperwork than an IRS tax return and a rectal exam. But that’s what happens to a disarmed populace.