Citation(s) from the literature library

Australia. 2008 ‘Small Arms and Light Weapons UN Report.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), pp. 2-3. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 July

Relevant contents

The National Handgun Agreement (NHA) of 2002:

- prohibited sporting shooters from importing, owning, using or possessing handguns that:
- have a calibre in excess of .38 (unless the sporting shooter is participating in the specially accredited events of Metallic Silhouette or Single/Western Action); or
- barrel length of 120mm for semi-automatic and 100mm for revolvers or single shot handguns (except for highly specialised target pistols); or
- magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds.

Almost 69,000 of these handguns were surrendered and destroyed and their owners compensated under a 'buyback' scheme funded by the Australian and State and Territory governments;

- established new requirements for sporting shooters to gain access to handguns, including:
- membership of a sports shooting club for all sporting shooters;
- satisfactory police record checks and character references for new sporting shooters;
- graduated access to handguns for new sporting shooters through a 12-month 'probationary period' supervised by the club;
- completion of a firearms safety training for new sporting shooters, and
- participation in a minimum number of shooting events every year for all sporting shooters.

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