Twenty years on from the Port Arthur tragedy, it is time to review the state of Australia’s firearms laws.
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Revealing the new figures on gun ownership that have been obtained from NSW Police by the Greens, Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain, said:
"Many people will be shocked at the private arsenals built up by individuals in ordinary suburbs and towns across NSW.
The National Firearms Agreement made it a universal requirement across Australia for people to establish they have a genuine reason for having a firearms licence and a good reason to acquire a firearm.
However there is a serious loophole in Australia’s firearms laws that is being exploited by some gun owners so that they can accumulate dozens and dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of guns.
In Rozelle in my electorate, for example, there is an individual who owns 48 guns.
These arsenals are not held by collectors, as these statistics specifically excluded guns owned by firearm dealers and collectors.
There are dozens of people in ordinary suburbs like ours in the Inner West who quite literally own private arsenals. The community expects that our firearm laws will put reasonable limits on the number of guns people can own.
We accept that there are people in the community who have a genuine reason to own a gun. However it is impossible to see how any one citizen in an inner city suburb can establish a genuine reason to have dozens of guns.
In the interests of community safety it is time this loophole in the firearms laws was closed.”
Gun data for Balmain electorate:
Information obtained and compiled by Greens spokesperson on gun control David Shoebridge.
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In the landmark study of 2016 researchers from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Professor Simon Chapmam and Associate Professor Philip Alpers( published in the American Medical Journal: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2530362,)
demonstrated that since the major gun law reforms were introduced in Australia, mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides. They found for every person in Australia shot in a massacre, 139 [people] are shot through firearm-related suicide or homicides, so they are much more common The irony is the person you have to protect yourself most from in a home is the person who owns the gun. Chapman said “more than half of those who had conducted mass shootings in Australia and New Zealand had been licensed gun holders. When these laws came in the hope was they would curb mass shooting, but what we didn’t realise was the laws would be followed by huge changes in other types of shootings, particularly in suicide,”
Guns have no place in our cities.Full Stop!
One could reasonably justify two centre fire hunting rifles.
Having said this: we don’t need rifles with magazines of greater than 5 rounds, we don’t need lever action shotguns of high capacity, we don’t need a rifle of capacity greater than.338lapua – anywhere in Australia.
How many certificates on your wall? It only means you’re certified stupid and fell for all the establishment traps and lies that are finally coming down, and not before time. Power to the people – it’s time for the reset.