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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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New Zealand

Gun Violence in Homicide Report Database

13 May 2019

Stuff (New Zealand)

An unprecedented Stuff investigation has identified every homicide in New Zealand in the past 15 years, revealing the vast majority of those who kill with guns are unlicensed and their weapon of choice is often a .22 calibre rifle or shotgun. The Homicide Report, which has been nearly three years in the making, is the country's first publicly searchable database of homicides. It encompasses 1068 men, women and children killed from January 2004 to March 31, 2019. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

The Homicide Report Database

1 May 2019

Stuff (New Zealand)

The Homicide Report relies on information from more than 800 coronial findings, hundreds of court documents, police sources and news stories from Stuff's archives. We categorised each case according to the victim's age and gender, their relationship to the killer, cause of death, location and a host of others. We then analysed them to look for significant groupings of homicides with similar characteristics that might reveal some underlying problem or cause. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Record Number of Australians Enrolled to Vote This Election

23 April 2019

SBS News

A record number of Australians have enrolled to vote at the 18 May federal election, according to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The total of 16,424,248 people, which accounts for 96.8 per cent of the eligible voting population, tops the number of people enrolled to vote ahead of the 2016 federal election by around 750,000. Those numbers are "something all Australians can be proud of" and is unlikely to be matched anywhere in the world, Electoral... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

NSW Dealer Accused of Trafficking

11 April 2019

Sporting Shooter / SSAA

Shane Simpson, gun shop owner and presenter on Hunting The Menu, is accused of being a major underworld weapons supplier and of selling firearms used in crimes across Australia, including the executions of two of Sydney highest-ranking organised crime figures. The Daily Telegraph reported police allege arms dealer Shane James Simpson oper­ated out of a gun shop in Port Kembla near Wollongong and sold guns which were used in the murders of two of Sydney's most... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Illegal Firearms Dealer Charged, Hundreds of Guns Seized

11 April 2019

ABC News (Australia)

Key points: - NSW Police seize 300 firearms from licensed gun dealer, who has been charged with 40 offences - Dealer accused of being a 'professional facilitator' of organised crime networks across three states - Accused has not applied for bail or entered a plea in court A licensed firearms dealer in New South Wales has been charged with more than 40 firearms offences and had more than 300 guns seized from his business in what NSW Police have described as one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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