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Australia. 2008 ‘Small Arms and Light Weapons UN Report.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 July
Australia has in place some of the most stringent firearms laws in the world.
In Australia's federal system of government, the six State and two Territory governments have direct legislative responsibility for the control of firearms (including the possession, ownership, use, production and domestic transfer of firearms, their parts, accessories and ammunition).
The Australian Government is responsible for controlling the import, export and transit of firearms, their parts, accessories and ammunition.
The Australian and State and Territory governments have concluded three agreements on firearms since 1996, which together form the foundation of Australia's firearms controls:
- The National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996
- The National Firearms Trafficking Policy Agreement (NFTPA) of 2002
- The National Handgun Agreement (NHA) of 2002