Colorado Killings And Gun Control
WASHINGTON — In the immediate aftermath of the shooting in Aurora, the debate over gun control policy has more or less centered on whether it's an appropriate time to even have a debate.
Media baron Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter Saturday evening to express his support for gun-control measures in the wake of the Aurora, CO shooting that killed 12 people on Friday:
Following the Colorado movie theater massacre it’s only to be expected that there will be loud calls for gun-control so maybe let’s look at a country that passed laws requiring its citizens to hand in their guns.
Current Australian firearm laws.
State laws govern the possession and use of firearms in Australia and the laws were largely aligned under the 1996 National Agreement on Firearms.
Anyone wishing to possess or use a firearm must have a Firearms License and, with some exceptions, be over the age of 18.
Owners must have secure storage for their firearms.
Before someone can buy a firearm, he or she must obtain a Permit To Acquire.
The first permit has a mandatory 28-day delay before it is first issued.
In some states (e.g. Queensland, Victoria, and New South Wales), this is waived for second and subsequent firearms of the same class.
For each firearm a "Genuine Reason" must be given, relating to pest control, hunting, target shooting, or collecting.
Self-defense is not accepted as a reason for issuing a license, even though it may be legal under certain circumstances to use a legally held firearm for self-defense.
Each firearm in Australia must be registered to the owner by serial number. Some states allow an owner to store or borrow another person’s registered firearm of the same category.
Currently, about 5.2% of Australian adults (1,144,156 people) own and use firearms for purposes such as hunting, controlling feral animals, collecting, and target shooting.
The Results Of Australia’s ’96/’97 Gun Laws & "BUYBACK"
Surprisingly enough, study after study (and you can easily search for them) show that the change in the law had almost no effect at all!