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The Upsides of the Buyback

John Howard's gun buyback scheme had more than one benefit, writes Andrew Leigh in this extract from his new book

Inside Story (Australia)

31 July 2014

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To make sure that the tougher rules actually reduced the number of weapons, they were accompanied by a buyback program. From mid 1996 to mid 1997, anyone could take a gun to a local police station and the police would pay its fair value. In total, nearly 650,000 weapons were handed in. While some of these were newly illegal weapons (pump-action shotguns and semi-automatic rifles), many people seem to have simply taken the chance to "clean out the closet" by handing in weapons (such as .22 rifles) that were legal if the owner had an appropriate licence…

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