New Research Shows Australian Gun Laws Have Been Eroded
Key research findings:
- no State or Territory complies with the National Firearms Agreement
- four previous formal reports on legislative compliance with the NFA have shown a continual lack of compliance with the NFA
- the erosion of our gun laws has acceleration of since the last report prepared by Professor Kate Warner in 2006
- the states where the laws have been most diluted are: New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.
- when one jurisdiction erodes its laws the other states tend to follow significantly weaken the national framework
Major erosions to state laws include:
- diluting regulations around ownership and possession of high powered firearms
- allowing minors to possess and use firearms, even without a permit despite the NFA requiring all firearm licence holders to be at least 18 years of age
- removal of the “cooling-off period” when acquiring second or subsequent hunting rifles and shotguns
- allowing members of the public to shoot unlicensed at gun clubs
- allowing the use of high-powered semi-automatic firearms during 6-month probationary period
- unlimited possession of ammunition
- weakening of genuine reason to obtain a hunting licence
New Lever Action Shotgun on Market with AR-Assault Rifle Magazine
A new Turkish lever Action shotgun has just hit the Australian gun market with an AR like ‘assault-rifle’ magazine feeder and Gun Control Australia wants answers about why it has been let into the country as a general recreational hunting shotgun.
Pardus LAX12 Mag Fed Action 12 Gauge Shotgun
Unlike previous lever actions (including the Adler A110) this lever has a drop box magazine feeder that holds up to 5 rounds. A detachable box magazine feeder is the same type of magazine feeder attached to an AR-Assault rifle.
Too Many Guns
Gun Control Australia (GCA) is calling for immediate legislative change to limit the number of guns to five (5) for all firearm licence holders (exception being collectors).
The call comes in response to new research by the Greens which shows private arsenals are taking place in suburbia and a spike in the overall number of guns in NSW: http://www.toomanyguns.org
The figures shows there are 100 individuals across the state who own more than 70 guns with one individual in Sydney owns 305 guns. The figures exclude gun collectors and dealers.
The total number of guns in NSW has jumped by 65,000 in just two years. There are now over 900,000 registered guns in NSW.
Gun Lobby has Donated Over $300,000 to Political Parties
Gun Control Australia did an analysis of Australian Electoral Commission donation disclosures for the 2015-16 financial year. The analysis reveals the gun lobby donated $353,000 to various federal political bodies around the country.
National Firearms Agreement
In 1996, 35 Australians were killed and 18 injured by one man with semi-automatic rifles at Port Arthur. That massacre led to smarter regulation of firearm ownership, storage and movement, including a national registration program, licensing system, and a ban on semi-automatic rifles.
These laws greatly reduced homicides, suicides, robberies and massacres with a firearm across Australia.
The problem today
In the last decade, a well-financed and resourced gun lobby has been eroding firearm legislation bit by bit.
The Liberal Democratic Party have a seat in the Australian Senate. The LDP advo- cate for the right to carry handguns for self defence.
In NSW a gun lobby group, the Shooters and Fishers Party, now holds the balance of power in the NSW Upper House, and also has a representative in the Western Australian parliament.
With that power they have brought us shooting in national parks; removed the 28 day waiting period for anyone wishing to purchase the same type of firearm to one they have already registered, regard- less of their criminal record or mental state; and made it no longer necessary to show a good reason why you require a second or subsequent firearm.
As gun laws have fallen the number of firearms in our community has risen – and the connection to gun violence is frighteningly real. The majority of illegal guns now on the black-market in Austra- lia were stolen from legal gun owners.
In all, a staggering 9,000 firearms have been stolen nation-wide since 2004.
In the State of NSW, since 2011, there have been an average of 20 drive-by shootings every month. In November, one of those victims was a 13-year-old girl.
We’re not seeking zero gun ownership. We simply support sensible regulation that puts the safety of the many ahead of the desire of few who seek to erode our gun laws.
What the GCA seeks to achieve
- Make semi-automatic handguns (the same kind used in massacres in America) illegal in Australia.
- Oppose the self-interested actions of an increasingly powerful gun lobby.
- Scrutinise and publicise the major parties’ dealing with the gun lobby and put pressure on them not to do deals with the Shooters and Fishers Party and LDP that put public safety at risk.
- Ensure our gun laws remain the envy of the world
- Reinstate tight gun laws
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