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Harding, Richard W. 1981 ‘A Legal Conspectus.’ Firearms and Violence in Australian Life: an Examination of Gun Ownership and Use in Australia, pp. 1-2. Nedlands, WA: University of Western Australia Press. 1 December
In the decade 1921-32 all Australian States and both Territories enacted their first substantial firearms control laws. (2)
The primary concern was with handguns, which were seen as instruments of crime.
At this time only one State, Western Australia, showed a comparable concern for other lethal firearms, such as rifles and shotguns.
2) See the Pistol Licence Act 1927 (N.S.W.); the Firearms Act 1921 (Vict.); the Firearms Licence Act 1927 (Qld); the Pistol Licence Act 1929 (S.A.); the Firearms Act 1931 (W.A.); the Firearms Act 1932 (Tas.); the Firearms Registration Ordinance 1932 (N.T.); and the Gun Licence Ordinance 1925 (A.C.T.).