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Nueva Zelandia

Gun Laws Progress 'Disappointing'

13 February 1998

Dominion (Wellington)

Sir Thomas Thorp, who headed the review of gun laws, said yesterday that he was unhappy that the Government had made little progress in implementing the review's recommendations. Sir Thomas's view was echoed by former Police Complaints Authority Sir John Jeffries, who called urgently for the review nearly two years ago in the aftermath of a spate of shootings. "I am disappointed that more dedicated progress has not been made on this very important matter," Sir John... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nueva Zelandia

Firearms Charges Against Convicted Murderer Withdrawn

11 February 1998

Radio New Zealand

Seven long-standing unresolved fire-arms charges against convicted double murderer John Barlow, have been withdrawn at the request of the Police. The charges included unlawful possession of guns, stealing a gun and supplying a firearm. Barlow, who's now serving a life sentence for the February 1994 murders of Wellington father and son businessmen, Eugene and Gene Thomas, denied the charges and intended fighting them through the Court. But Detective Inspector Brett... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nueva Zelandia

Medal Protest Over UK Gun Ban

24 January 1998

Evening Post (Wellington)

A Carterton man is returning his dead aunt's war medals in protest against the British Government's decision to ban pistol shooting. Neil Hayes sent the medals of his late aunt — Frances Hayes of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire — to British Prime-Minister Tony Blair with a letter stating his concern: Part of the letter reads: "As a state registered nurse, Frances Hayes served your country in two world wars and during the First World War was awarded the two enclosed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nueva Zelandia

Lobbyists Fire at Gun Law Delays

15 January 1998

Evening Post (Wellington)

Recommendations made by an extensive review into firearms control in New Zealand are being ignored, gun lobbyists claim. Former High Court judge Sir Thomas Thorp's 281-page Independent Review of Firearms Control in New Zealand was released on August 21. Among its proposals was the formation of a Firearms Authority — which is not part of, nor controlled by police — by December 31, 1997; the implementation of gun registrations and banning of military-style... (GunPolicy.org)

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Nueva Zelandia

Public Shoots Down Guns for Police on Normal Duty

8 January 1998

New Zealand Herald & DigiPoll

Question: Should all New Zealand police officers carry arms on normal duty? Poll Result: Yes 25.8% No 69.8% Not Sure 4.4% New Zealanders have come out all guns blazing: police should not be armed. Seven out of 10 New Zealanders are against police carrying arms. Specially trained armed offenders squads may be fine, but the bobby on the beat should not be packing a pistol. Gun-toting police at the airport are acceptable, too, but the country seems unwilling to see... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gun Law Reins in Murders - Police

4 January 1998

Sunday Age (Melbourne)

Tighter gun laws and better counselling services have helped bring down Victoria's murder rate, according to the head of the homicide squad, Detective Chief Inspector Rod Collins. In 1997 there were 61 murders. Nine remain unsolved. The murder rate peaked at 102 in 1987. Chief Inspector Collins said the rate in the 1980s was around 80 a year, but that had now dropped to about 60. "I think improved counselling services have helped some people deal with conflicts... (GunPolicy.org)

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Gun Law Rebels Cave In to Howard

23 July 1996

New Zealand Herald

Australia will get its tough new gun laws - outlawing most rapid-fire and military-style firearms - following the capitulation yesterday of three rebel governments. Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory gave in to the Prime Minister, Mr Howard, and abandoned demands that the law allow modification of pump-action shotguns to limit their magazine capacity. This process - crimping - was the final sticking point in the package of national gun laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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John Howard's Management of Australia's New Gun Controls Was Masterly

11 May 1996

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

"Ours is not a gun culture, ours is a culture of peaceful co-operation" — Prime Minister John Howard For the first time in the history of this nation the voice of the overwhelming majority of Australian people has been heard — and acted upon — in Canberra. And, importantly, a moving address by Tasmania's Police Commissioner John Johnson on behalf of the 35 victims of the Port Arthur massacre was critical to forcing the inclusion of low-powered semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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Howard's Gun Gamble

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

The Prime Minister flew from Port Arthur straight into the flak from procrastinating States. He wagered his authority on total gun control — and he won. Michael Millet reports on how it was done. There are some matters that transcend the normal give and take of politics. For John Howard, a politician skilled in the art of compromise, Port Arthur is one such event. Any thought that the Prime Minister was simply carving out an ambit claim for gun control as the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australian PM's Personal Gun Control Triumph is His Symbol of Authority

10 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

John Howard yesterday marked himself as the leader who has probably changed the nation's future more decisively, more quickly than any prime minister before him. In an extraordinary display of prime ministerial determination, Howard overcame a decade of political inertia and cowardice to give Australia the chance to avoid the gun culture curse which has made life unbearable for the ordinary citizens of some other countries, especially the United States. And the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Exposed: Gun Lobby's Backers – A Herald Investigation

3 May 1996

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's $50 million-a-year firearms industry is a major undercover financier of the gun lobby which has campaigned successfully against tougher controls including a national register of firearms. Through organisations such as the Shooters' Party and the 50,000-member Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia (SSAA), arms importers and dealers have poured tens of thousands of dollars into election campaigns, mass advertising and political lobbying. Over the past... (GunPolicy.org)

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Pro Shooters Call Semi-automatic Rifles 'Toys for City Boys'

2 May 1996


HOBART - Australia's gun lobby said on Thursday a national ban on military-style rifles would not prevent killings such as last weekend's shooting massacre of 35 people in the southern island state of Tasmania. Firearm owners said they would not oppose the proposed ban, advocated by Prime Minister John Howard after he visited the scene of Sunday's shootings at the former convict site of Port Arthur, but insisted the community would be no safer. The pain and anguish of... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australian PM Presses States for Gun Bans, National Firearm Registry

2 May 1996

Australian (Sydney)

The Federal Government will push the States next week for new gun laws that ban all automatic and semi-automatic weapons and establish a national gun register following the Port Arthur massacre in which 35 people died. The Prime Minister, Mr Howard, will personally open a meeting of police ministers next Friday and put a strong federal bipartisan position on tougher gun laws. "Those proposals will at a minimum include a proposal for an effective national registration... (GunPolicy.org)

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Access the Problem, Not Illness, Say Experts

3 September 1991

Sydney Morning Herald

Psychiatrists have dismissed as "absurd" a suggestion by gun lobbyists that psychotic people or people with psychological problems should be listed on a register which would prohibit them from owning guns. Dr William Andrews, chairman of the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), said the idea was based on a myth, perpetuated by popular fiction and films, that all mentally ill people were dangerous. "In reality, the vast... (GunPolicy.org)

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