Canberra -- Federal Attorney-General and Justice Minister Daryl Williams has described the Port Arthur massacre as an "appallling tragedy" and undertaken to press for changes to gun laws.
A spokeswoman for Mr Williams said last night he would place gun laws on the agenda at the police ministers council meeting in July.
"Gun controls are a state and territory responsibility and some states have been reluctant to impose restrictions that the commonwealth regards as appropiate," the spokeswoman quoted him as saying.
She said he supported uniform gun laws and greater restriction on the types of weapons available and who can get them.
"There is no justification of the private ownership of military weapons," he said.