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Bricknell, Samantha. 2008 ‘Criminal Use of Handguns in Australia: Handgun ownership in Australia.’ Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice (361), p. 2. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 14 October
Since 1996, Australian state and territory governments have sought to strengthen regulations regarding the ownership, use and transfer of firearms in Australia through the enactment of legislation based on the National Firearms Agreement 1996, National Handgun Control Agreement 2002 and the National Firearms Trafficking Policy Agreement 2002.
The legislation prohibits certain models of handguns (based on criteria regarding barrel length, firing capacity and calibre); restricts ownership and use primarily to sports shooters, firearm collectors and security industry employees; and outlines specified storage arrangements. An amendment was also made to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 2002, preventing the importation of handgun models and parts specified as prohibited.