Skip to comments.Australian Gun Culture 27: Tail End Gun Amnesty, 2017
Posted on 10/06/2017 7:42:00 AM PDT by marktwain
I arrived in Australian on 1 July, 2017, the first day of the gun amnesty in Australia. I will be returning to the United States on 26 September at the tail end of the three month amnesty.
This amnesty is completely different from the mandatory confiscation/turn-in that happened in 1996. In 1996 people were paid to turn in firearms.
Some types of guns were effectively outlawed for nearly everyone. Perhaps the strictest firearms regulatory scheme in Western Civilization was implemented on the wave of emotion promoted by the media and John Howard.
In 2017, some sanity is returning to firearms regulation in Australia, however fitfully and in small increments. The government is not paying for any guns to be turned in. Guns can be turned in to gun shops to be sold, they can be registered to people who are licensed gun owners; or they can be destroyed.
I happened to be at Calibre Country in Tamworth, New South Wales when they turned over 40 guns to the police to be destroyed.
Australian Gun Culture 27: Tail End Gun Amnesty, 2017
Of the guns turned in, quite a few made sense, given the extreme restrictions. It is unlikely that Calibre Country would have been able to sell the 11 common, older, and much used air rifles in the group. An air rifle is considered as much a firearm under Australian law as a double barreled 12 gauge or a pump action .22 rimfire. The costs for keeping air guns are as expensive as for keeping real firearms. There is little sense in keeping old and marginal air guns.
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Ideological proponents of the scheme point to a decrease in *gun* homicides or *gun* suicides.
That is statistical trickery. What counts is the overall homicide and suicide rates.
The gun law had no effect on them.
The other thing to consider is if ISIS or any other such extremists acting either alone or in a group were to want to target Australia, they would likely have little or no use for the strict laws there (as recently seen in France and other parts of Europe). Australia, due to it’s location, is not an immediately accessible target for logistical and publicity requirements for such persons like Europe and North America both are and that is quite possibly why such an attack has not happened there, yet.
And if guns were not employed at all, large trucks or bombs or other such things could easily be used to carry out a horrible act as also recently witnessed in France and England (someone in Brazil this week killed four children and a teacher by setting fire to a nursery school).
The sharks smell blood in the water since the natives have destroyed their capacity to fight back.
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