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Warner, Kate. 1999 ‘Firearm Deaths and Firearm Crime After Gun Licensing in Tasmania.’ Paper for the 3rd National Outlook Symposium on Crime in Australia [3NOS], p. 2. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 22 March
Tasmanian gun laws were notoriously weak. Until 1 January 1993, when the Guns Act 1991 came into force, there was no system of licensing or registration of firearms other than pistols…
The Guns Act 1991 had, for the first time, introduced a system of licensing of all firearms. But only pistols and fully automatic guns had to be registered. The minister had the power under the Act to declare certain semi-automatic firearms 'prohibited guns' which would mean that a permit was required to possess such a weapon and it would have to be registered. This power was not exercised until 7 May 1996, nine days after Port Arthur.
The Prohibited Guns Order 1996 declared four kinds of self-loading centre-fire firearms to be 'prohibited guns'. The
Firearms Bill 1996, the legislation implementing the resolutions of the Australasian Police Ministers' Council, was assented to on 30 August. It commenced on 13 November 1996.