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Warner, Kate and Simon Sherwood. 2006 ‘Firearms Legislation in Australia a Decade After the Nationwide Agreement.’ National Coalition for Gun Control, p. 2. Hobart: National Coalition for Gun Control. 1 July
It should be noted that the 1996 Agreement [NFA] set out a number of resolutions which it was expected would, when implemented by the States and Territories, lead to a uniform approach to firearms regulation in Australia. However, there was no attempt at the time to draft uniform legislation.
As a result, the States and Territories adopted varying approaches when implementing the Agreement.
Most jurisdictions repealed existing legislation and enacted a new regulatory scheme for firearms that incorporated the resolutions.
In contrast, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia attempted to implement the terms of the Agreement by amending existing firearms legislation.
The result is that although, in general, there is uniformity across the jurisdictions with respect to the substance of the resolutions, there is not always uniformity in the structure of the respective regulatory schemes.
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