NSW Premier Mike Baird and his deputy Troy Grant are singing from completely different song sheets in explaining their position on controversial Adler shotguns.
NSW Premier Mike Baird and his deputy, Nationals Leader Troy Grant, have directly contradicted each other in trying to articulate their government's position on reclassifying Adler shotguns.
Mr Grant said on Thursday the NSW cabinet supported reclassifying the firearms, potentially paving the way for more of the controversial guns to be imported into Australia.
"The NSW government has agreed today to support the Commonwealth ban on importing lever action shotguns with a capacity of more than five rounds until the gun is reclassified," Mr Grant said in a statement.
"The NSW government supports a strengthening of classification of the Adler A110 shotgun from its current A category to a tighter one," he added.
Mr Grant said he would lobby his interstate counterparts to tighten classifications of the lever-action firearms, which could result in the lifting of an import ban on the seven-shot model.
But soon afterward, Mr Baird repeatedly insisted cabinet had not come to a decision on reclassifying the weapons.
Mr Baird also argued cabinet was opposed to lifting the import ban on the seven-shot Adler gun.
"Our position is we are for the strongest gun laws possible. Full stop, end of story. That means keeping that ban in place," Mr Baird told reporters in Sydney.
"If the federal government decided they want the ban to go ... what Troy is saying is if we get to the point to consider reclassification, he would anticipate them being strengthened."
Mr Baird denied he needed to rein in his outspoken deputy or find a replacement.
"Of course he has every right to put forward strong views, but he is as proud to be a part of this government as every single one of us," Mr Baird said.
Mr Grant personally wants both models of Adler shotguns classified under Category B so they can be imported by recreational shooters and primary producers.
He will attend a meeting of state and territory justice ministers in Canberra on Friday to discuss the issue.
Mr Baird, however, is wary of the move, insisting federal gun reforms introduced by John Howard after the Port Arthur massacre must not be watered down.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley seized on the Coalition government pair's conflicting public statements.
"Another day, another difference of opinion between the premier and deputy premier," Mr Foley said.