GUN Handguns to be banned in Australia

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  1. GucciGucci

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    Handguns to be banned, buyback likely

    By Stephen Gibbs

    November 6 2002

    Most semi-automatic handguns and all large-calibre revolvers will be banned from all but military, law enforcement and security purposes.

    The move, announced last night after an Australasian Police Ministers Council meeting in Darwin, could result in a national handgun buyback scheme.

    The council also agreed to accelerate uniform national standards for registering and tracking firearms and to develop a system for staggered access to sporting handgun shooters based on training, experience and event participation.

    A list of handguns to be banned is yet to be formalised but it would be likely to include semi-automatics in calibres of 9mm, .40 and .45, and revolvers chambered for .44 and .357 rounds.

    Restricting the types of handguns that can be imported or possessed for target shooting to those used in events such as the Olympics will require a recovery and disposal process for the weapons which fall outside those classifications.

    One proposal is a national handgun buyback scheme similar to that introduced for military style long arms following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.

    The NSW Police Minister, Michael Costa, described the council's resolutions as a balance between "responsible firearms ownership and the needs of law-abiding sporting shooters".

    "And they help safeguard against criminals who want to exploit legal firearms and licences."

    However, the council's chairman, acting Northern Territory police minister Syd Stirling, complained the federal Government had not produced its proposals until the start of the meeting.

    "The Commonwealth has not served us well in this instance by circulating a paper virtually at the outset of the ministerial council this morning," Mr Stirling said.

    "Clearly you need time as a minister with your officers to get across the issue and to clarify those with the Commonwealth where there's a lack of agreement.

    "Nonetheless, there's broad agreement on the way forward."

    Mr Costa welcomed the council's adoption of NSW recommendations, particularly nationally accredited training programs for licensed handgun users, and legislation allowing commissioners of police to refuse and revoke firearms licences and the basis of criminal intelligence.

    Uniform national standards for registering and tracking firearms through a database, access to firearms for target shooters and uniform checks on owners' participation in sporting events were also NSW initiatives.

    "However, I remain concerned at the state of our porous borders," Mr Costa said. "Today the Commonwealth confirmed only three in 1000 cargo containers entering Australia are searched for illegal guns and drugs.

    "That's why all state and territory ministers called on the Federal Government to dramatically increase searches at container ports."

    The council, which sat all day, had not been expected to reach swift agreement on anything related to handguns.

    Mr Costa has repeatedly blamed the proliferation of illegal handguns on the Commonwealth, accusing the Government of not protecting Australia's borders.

    This week he has also accused the defence force of not protecting its armouries, saying he had been told during law enforcement and intelligence briefings that dozens of firearms were being stolen from bases.

    However the federal Justice Minister, Chris Ellison, said 80 per cent of thefts were from private premises. Military facilities, police stations and security firms accounted for 20 per cent of thefts.

    A month ago, a licensed handgun owner shot dead two people at Melbourne's Monash University.

    http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/05/1036308312479.html
     
  2. Pure Energy

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    Welcome to "common sense firearms laws" :squint: You can't own shit over there. If you're lucky you can get a 5 round bolt gun, and even then its a royal PITA. I read the list of banned rifles before, you can't even have a 10/22!!
     
  3. footratfunkface

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    thank god i live in america, or i'd have to shoot someone.
     
  4. kellyclan

    kellyclan She only loves you when she's drunk.

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    First off, it's totally alien for me to think of a cop supporting a scheme like that.

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    20% are stolen from police/military!?! And the Australian people let them dictate who can have guns? :ugh:
     
  5. selvo

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    Well they havent been banned yet.

    You think the US would give me political asylum because the Australians government is taking away my right to bear arms ?
     
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    you could always try. just make sure that you bring some aussie hotties when you come over.
     
  7. Vatoloco

    Vatoloco In a pinch, though, you could jam it into someone'

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    Really? Damn! Just hearing stuff like that freaks me out because it could happen in the U.S. too. Like when they made it illegal to have high capacity rounds here in 1993. It's a joke I can't buy a new 25 round mag for a .22

    Just another step in the process. Something like this could be next.
     

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