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Australia

NSW Vetting Process in Question After Family Murder

9 July 2018

Australian (Sydney)

The man who shot his two teenage children dead before killing himself in Sydney's northwest last week would have been individually interviewed several times to get two "quite powerful" handguns, experts say, as the NSW Police Minister comes under pressure to review gun control laws. John Edwards would have been interviewed by a shooting club, a pistol club and police ­before he could buy the two firearms he used in last Thursday's attack, in which the 67-year-old... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Guatemala

Profile on Life and Work of Rebecca Peters

7 July 2018

Sydney Morning Herald

Flory Teletor was 17 when she began living with her boyfriend, Santo, in a cramped apartment in Guatemala City. Santo, who was 20, worked as a security guard. He was violent and controlling. He gave Flory a daily allowance of 20 quetzals ($3.50). She had to account for every cent; when she failed to do so, he would beat her. Sometimes, he would brandish the pistol he used for work, even shooting above her head. Flory was terrified, but she had already fled an abusive... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Theft in Australia - ABC News

9 April 2018

ABC News (Australia)

The number of firearms stolen across Australia has almost doubled in the past decade, according to new figures. The data, obtained by lobby group Gun Control Australia (GCA) under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, reveal that almost 27,000 firearms have been reported as stolen across the country between 2007 and 2017. The figures show that the number of gun thefts has increased from just over 1,700 in 2007-8 to nearly 3,300 in 2016-17. Hunting rifles account for the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,United States

Australia's Gun Laws Can't Work in America – For Now

30 March 2018

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Thirteen mass shootings in 18 years, 112 victims shot dead. While this may seem to describe contemporary America, it actually describes a late 20th-century period in Australia. The country's final slaughter occurred in Tasmania in 1996 – the Port Arthur massacre. A lone, "pathetic social misfit" – as described by the judge – killed 35 people. The first 29 bullets from this young man's AR-15 rifle ended the lives of 20 innocents in just 90 seconds. For... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australian Gun Laws Successful, Study Finds

13 March 2018

Australian (Sydney)

The gun laws enacted after the Port Arthur Massacre have unequivocally prevented mass shootings, a new study says. The National Firearms Agreement was enacted after the 1996 tragedy in which 35 people were killed. The legislation included uniform gun registration, banned private gun sales and civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, removed self-defence as a reason to hold a firearm license and standardised penalties. The University of Sydney study analysed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia's Gun Destruction Prevented 16 Mass Shootings - Study

13 March 2018

Annals of Internal Medicine

Background: In 1996, after the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, the National Firearms Agreement was enacted across Australia. Provisions included uniform gun registration, repudiation of self-defense as a legitimate reason to hold a firearm licence, locked storage, a ban on private gun sales and civilian ownership of semiautomatic rifles and pump-action shotguns, and standardized penalties (1). Two buyback programs and 26 uncompensated amnesties between 1996 and 2015... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Advocate Leader Linked to Far-Right Anti-Immigrant Group

7 March 2018

Guardian

Special report: Firearm Owners United founder James Buckle attended United Patriots Front rallies A pro-gun lobby group that helped to bankroll One Nation's push for seats in the Queensland state election has links to a far-right anti-Islam group whose leader once advocated for Adolf Hitler's portrait to be hung in classrooms. As Australia's strict gun laws come under pressure from the gun lobby, a Guardian investigation has uncovered links between one pro-gun group... (GunPolicy.org)

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Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Yemen,China,Israel,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,Germany,India,Canada,Austria,Australia,Mexico,United States,Japan,South Africa

How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

2 March 2018

New York Times

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. The process takes months in some countries. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary. United States 1) Pass an instant background check that considers criminal convictions, domestic violence and immigration status. 2) Buy a gun. Many states have additional buying restrictions, including waiting periods and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia's Underground Gun Problem: Hundreds Seized

26 February 2018

Australian Associated Press

- 869 illegal guns have been seized by Queensland police ahead of the Games - The majority of the guns had been stolen from licensed gun owners - 440 charges have been laid as a result, including drug trafficking and theft - In some cases thieves are breaking down walls of houses to get to gun safes Almost 900 weapons have been seized in Queensland this month as police attempt to reduce the number of illegal firearms and related offences ahead of the Commonwealth... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Tougher Gun Laws Pass Vic Upper House

6 February 2018

Australian Associated Press

Tougher gun laws targeting gang members, bikies and terrorists have passed Victoria's upper house. Under the laws, police will be able to impose a firearm prohibition order on someone as young as 14, banning them from acquiring or carrying a gun and meaning they can be searched without a warrant. The orders would target those with a history of crime, criminal association or who posed a risk to public safety. The Andrews Labor government bill passed the Legislative... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

More Guns Than Adults in Some Hunter, NSW Towns

31 January 2018

Sydney Morning Herald

The Hunter is gun mad - and proud of it - with shooters stockpiling almost 100,000 registered firearms. A Fairfax Media investigation can reveal that the number of registered firearms in the region has increased by about 30,000 - or a third - in the past five years. In 2012 there were almost 70,000 registered firearms in the Hunter, compared to 99,502 in July last year. This equates to, on average, an additional 16 guns per day. In the same time, the number of people... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Police Investigate Hack of Guns Database

18 November 2017

Age (Melbourne)

Police are investigating the hacking of a gun club database that may have exposed where more than 1500 semi-automatic handguns are stored. The private details of 540 members from the Port Melbourne club, including the types of weapons they owned, is believed to have been compromised this month, potentially exposing them to the theft of guns worth at least $5000 each on the black market. Most members own multiple guns, and store them in their homes. One Melbourne... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

2017 Australian Gun Amnesty Results by Jurisdiction - SSAA

9 November 2017

Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia

The inclusion of gun dealers and an option to register or sell legal firearms has paved the way for high participation rates in the national firearms amnesty. The SSAA successfully lobbied the Federal Government to base the three-month amnesty on the successful Queensland version, with most states and territories adopting this proven model. From the available data, it is clear the jurisdictions that allowed dealers to process firearms at gunshops and enabled licence... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

The Gun Nuts In Our Parliament

14 October 2017

Saturday Paper (Australia)

While Australian gun laws are lauded as the world's most stringent, fringe political parties and lobbyists are doing their best to erode them. Of course David Leyonhjelm is troubled by what happened in Las Vegas two weeks ago, when Stephen Paddock, with his arsenal of 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition, carried out America's worst modern-day mass killing. Of course he finds it "disturbing". From a distance of several hundred metres, high in the Mandalay... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Police Gun Data Shows Extent of Private Arsenals in Suburban Australia

11 October 2017

ABC News (Australia)

Private gun owners are stockpiling arsenals of more than 300 firearms in suburban homes in some parts of the country, according to new data obtained by the Greens. Key points: - Police data reveals the top 100 private arsenals across NSW - In the Sydney suburb of La Perouse, one person owns 305 guns - Greens MP David Shoebridge said the caches were "honeypots for criminals" and posed a risk to public safety The trend is thought to be driving an overall increase in... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Gun Ban Lowered Australian Firearm Deaths by Two-thirds

7 October 2017

Australian (Sydney), Fortune (USA), Opinion

Yet again, expressions of outrage about the Las Vegas massacre predictably are being matched by national despondency that no US government will lift a finger to prevent more of these happening. Neither the largest gun death toll in US modern peacetime history (273 gun mass shootings in 275 days) culminating in the events of this week, nor the bullet-butchering of 20 six and seven-year-old children in Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in 2012 apparently cut... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

The Killer Quirk Hiding in Australia's Gun Laws

7 October 2017

Sydney Morning Herald

It has become part of the script of the larger American mass shootings. Amid the public expressions of grief and disbelief, the utterances of prayers and the tributes to the dead, Australian-style gun laws become, for a time, part of the American national debate. The effectiveness of Australian-style gun laws has even crept into the diplomatic conversation. After she spoke with her American counterpart Rex Tillerson this week, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Better Gun Laws? Australia Lacks That Calibre of MP Today

6 October 2017

Australian (Sydney), Opinion

The mass murder in Las Vegas this week was so horrific that Australians naturally responded with grief for the victims, revulsion toward the killer and despair at America's national paralysis on gun violence. Yet there was a secondary theme, understandable but unhelpful, in the fury at the inability of someone else's political system to reach a national agreement on a chronic problem. Some of the Australian voices sounded a little too smug. Two decades after Australia... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Lobbyists Say States Should Be Allowed to Personalise NFA

6 October 2017

Queensland Country Life

There has been immediate condemnation of the findings of a report into Australia's gun laws, commissioned by Gun Control Australia. The report, authored by Philip Alpers, an associate professor of public health at the University of Sydney, claimed that Australia's tough gun laws had been significantly watered down by state governments since they were introduced under the National Firearms Agreement in the days after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996. As well as... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Australia's Tough Gun Laws Weakened by the States - Report

5 October 2017

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's tough gun laws have been significantly watered down by state governments since they were introduced under the National Firearms Agreement in the days after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, a new study has found. According to the research by Philip Alpers, an associate professor of public health at the University of Sydney, all Australian states have succumbed to pressure from gun owners or the parties that represent them to water down some aspects of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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