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New Zealand

New Zealand Firearm Registry 'Crucial' to Any Gun Law Reform

3 March 2020

Newsroom

Since countries the world over began regulating firearm ownership in the 19th century, there have been three central pillars of gun control policy common to almost every nation: seeing ownership as a privilege instead of a right, a licensing system for owners, and a registry of weapons. New Zealand never followed through with all three. While no judge in the country would ever overturn precedent to insist firearm ownership is a right, the nation has generally had... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

GunPolicy Director on Proposed Firearms Registry in New Zealand

28 February 2020

New Zealand Herald

Gun owners decrying law reforms are selfish by putting personal inconveniences above public safety, a gun safety expert says. And Philip Alpers, who used to host TV show Fair Go and is now a public health expert, supports a national gun register because he believes it would make the biggest improvement to community safety. A bill that would set up a register, among other things, is currently passing through Parliament and its passage might depend on NZ First, which is... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji

Fake News Invokes Ammunition Sales to Fijians of Indian Descent

19 February 2020

Fiji Village

R. C. Manubhai and Company Pte Ltd has labelled fake news spread by Facebook trolls claiming that "Indo-Fijians are buying ammunition to go to war with the iTaukei", as a sick attempt to incite fear and hate. R.C. Manubhai has clarified that they import hunting grade ammunition which is provided to licensed farmers who hunt pigeons, wild pigs and wild dogs. Company Director, Bhavesh Kumar says it is quite sad that Facebook trolls have decided to spread this fake news... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

NZ Ban on Most Semiautomatic Weapons Takes Effect

20 December 2019

New York Times

A sweeping nationwide ban on most semiautomatic weapons took effect in New Zealand on Saturday, as a monthslong gun buyback and amnesty program ended amid debate over its success. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had announced a temporary ban just days after a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch in March that left 51 people dead and was streamed live on Facebook. Weeks later, all but one of Parliament's 120 lawmakers voted to make the ban permanent. It outlaws... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

Bougainville Secures Strong Independence in Referendum

11 December 2019

New York Times

SYDNEY, Australia — The region of Bougainville, a collection of islands in the South Pacific, has voted overwhelmingly to become independent from Papua New Guinea, aiming to become the world's newest nation. In a referendum linked to a peace agreement that ended a civil war between separatists and Papua New Guinea security forces nearly 20 years ago, nearly 98 percent of those who voted supported becoming an independent nation. Excited voters gathered in Buka to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Papua New Guinea

PNG Gun Dealer's Licence Cancelled for False Declarations

22 November 2019

Post-Courier (Port Moresby)

Acting Police Commissioner David Manning has cancelled a PNG dealer's license [sic] for making false declarations in the end user certificate. Documents held by the Royal PNG Constabulary indicated that the PNG firearms dealer had imported high powered firearms specifically for the exclusive use of the Royal PNG Constabulary and not for sale or transfer to a third party. However, a review recently carried out by the Royal PNG Constabulary and international partner... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Next Phase of NZ Gun Reform to Include Revival of Firearm Registry

14 October 2019

The Conversation

Following the Christchurch mosque shootings, the New Zealand government's first response was to ban the firearms the alleged gunman had used to murder 51 people. Seven months later, the second tranche of this process is underway. This new law which emphasises that the possession and use of firearms is a privilege (as opposed to a legal right), aims to ensure that people in lawful possession of their firearms act responsibly in the interests of personal and public... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Shooting in Sydney Raises Questions About Gun Control

2 October 2019

New York Times

SYDNEY, Australia — A gunman was shot dead by the police on Wednesday after an hourlong shooting spree across western Sydney that targeted a home and two police stations. The police said the man, firing a shotgun in the middle of a busy suburb, wounded several officers, including one who suffered a head injury. The shooting comes at a time of rising concern among gun control advocates in Australia who have been arguing for years that the country's strict gun laws... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

38 Firearms Seized by Northern Territory Police

5 September 2019

ABC News (Australia)

A banned shotgun, a silencer and a 95-year-old pistol once owned by a legendary novelist have all been hauled in during a gun blitz by the Northern Territory Police. Officers from the NT's Firearms Policy and Recording Unit last week seized 38 firearms from across the NT. "A male will be facing charges of possessing a silencer, as well as importation offences for bringing that item into the country," said Senior Sergeant Drew Slape. "People buy silencers generally... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Survey Reveals a Third of NZ Gun Owners Distrust Gun Lobby

13 August 2019

The Conversation

The terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Muslim community on 15 March this year resulted in a political response that was decidedly different from what usually follows mass shootings in the United States. The speed of legislative action, banning military-style semi-automatic weapons (MSSAs) within days of the attack, was remarked on both at home and around the world. Some gun owners began handing over their MSSAs to police voluntarily after the attacks, and hundreds... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

South Australia Police Seize Over 238 Firearms in One Haul

5 August 2019

ABC News (Australia)

Police say a three-day search of secret rooms in an Adelaide Hills property has uncovered more than 200 illegal weapons, including an assault rifle "very similar" to the one used in the Texas mass shooting. SA Police said officers from the Firearms Branch and Eastern Adelaide detectives searched the property just after 5:30 pm on Friday. They said they found illegal reloading equipment, throwing knives, daggers, bayonets and military ammunition. Some of the guns and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

John Howard Rejects NRA Criticism of Australian Gun Laws

31 July 2019

Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

John Howard has rejected claims by the new president of America's National Rifle Association that the gun law reforms that he championed as prime minster after the Port Arthur massacre are ineffective and unpopular. "I was in Australia not long after the tragedy in 1996 that led to that nation's repressive gun-control laws. In looking back, we must be careful to isolate and weigh the facts," Carolyn Meadows wrote in her column for the NRA's official gun rights journal... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

NZ Begins Buy-back of Assault Weapons

20 June 2019

Reuters

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's government on Thursday launched a multimillion-dollar, six-month "buy-back" scheme to compensate owners of powerful but newly banned semi-automatic weapons prohibited in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in the Southern city of Christchurch. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Minister of Police Stuart Nash said in a joint emailed statement that NZ$208 million ($135.97 million) had been set aside to compensate owners of the banned... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Police Secrecy and Tracking Illicit Firearms

14 June 2019

ABC News (Australia)

How did the accused Darwin gunman, parolee Ben Hoffmann, get his hands on a shotgun and allegedly kill four people? Likely with relative ease — according to the public health professor behind the world's largest catalogue of evidence on gun violence, firearm law and gun control. The 12-gauge pump action shotgun was seized at the time of Hoffman's arrest, and police later confirmed its serial number matched a weapon stolen in 1997. That scenario — a long-armed... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Darwin Mass Shooter Claims Mental Health Issues

7 June 2019

Guardian

The man accused of the Northern Territory's worst mass shooting has told a Darwin court he is "very sorry about what happened". Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 45, faced Darwin local court on Friday for the first time since being charged with murder over Tuesday night's rampage that killed four men. The heavily tattooed Hoffmann appeared via video link from Darwin prison in a red T-shirt and white football shorts. He looked distressed and gaunt and appeared to have numerous... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Victim of Darwin Mass Shooting Didn't Know the Shooter

5 June 2019

Guardian

Details of the victims of a mass shooting in Darwin have been revealed as Northern Territory police say they expect to soon lay charges against the alleged gunman. One of the victims, a PhD student and taxi driver Hassan Baydoun, had never met the accused gunman, his cousin says. Baydoun had been driving his taxi but returned home to his studio apartment in McMinn Street on Tuesday evening for a meal break. He was there at the time the gunman was going from room to... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Illegal Shotgun Used in Darwin Mass Shooting

5 June 2019

BBC News

A man alleged to have killed four people and injured another in the Australian city of Darwin used an illegal pump-action shotgun, police say. The 45-year-old suspect, known to police, was arrested about an hour after the first shots were fired on Tuesday. Police said he carried out attacks at several locations and may have been searching for a "specific individual". It was not terror-related, they added. Authorities have not identified the victims nor the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

WA Police Firearms Database Riddled With Issues

17 May 2019

iTnews

Western Australia's firearms database has been roundly criticised by the state's auditor for containing significant data integrity issues that impede the regulation of guns in the community . The Firearm Controls Audit Report [pdf], released by auditor-general Caroline Spencer on Wednesday, reveals "control and functionality weaknesses" with the state's licensing and registry (L&R) information system. The relatively new system used to asses some 10,500 firearm licence... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand,United States

PM Ardern on Gun Control in US and NZ

15 May 2019

Washington Post

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke out this week about a matter that has long puzzled many foreign observers of the United States: the country's inability to rein in gun violence. Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the prime minister said: "Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws. New Zealand had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States." Ardern was referring both to a 1996... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Ex-Firearm Dealer Gets 11 Years for Smuggling 'Mass Kill' Guns

14 May 2019

Australian Associated Press

A Victorian man who imported "mass killing machines" has had years added to his prison sentence after an appeal. Paul Robert Munro, 65, was originally ordered to serve at least six years behind bars for importing a dozen Thureon machine guns, capable of firing 1000 rounds a minute. But on Tuesday the Court of Appeal revealed it had increased his non-parole period to 11 years. The maximum 10-year sentence handed down by the County Court last May was also increased to... (GunPolicy.org)

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