The firearms and museums communities were recently made aware of an online petition started by the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum aimed at saving the firearms (and the history) in their collection.
Apparently, the government in New South Wales (that’s in Australia, for the geographically challenged among us) changed the requirements for firearms displayed in museum exhibits and kept in collection storage. Prior to 2017, museums only had to remove firing pins to create “temporary deactivation,” thereby making the guns legal to own/display/collect.
The new regulation was passed in November 2017, but it seems to have flown under the radar until very, very recently. This new regulation goes beyond “temporary deactivation” and would require that the firearms be made “permanently inoperable.”
According to the Lithgow Small Arms Factory Museum and their petition, the process of making the firearms legal now “involves inserting a steel rod down the barrel of the firearm and welding the muzzle and chamber, welding the barrel to the receiver, removing the firing pin and welding the hole, removing all internal springs, welding internal components and welding the bolt, magazine, external hammer and trigger in a fixed
Originally posted on The Firearm Blog