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AMA calls for national gun registry

4 Jan 2017

The Australian Medical Association is calling for a national real-time register for firearms which it says will help reduce gun violence. The lobby group says that doctors are at the frontline to clean up the mess when someone is injured by a gun, and that there needs to be a central point where authorities can access information about firearms. Former Prime Minister John Howard wanted to establish a nationwide register following the Port Arthur massacre, but two decades later it's still not in place. The group representing licensed gun owners, the Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, says that the plan is unnecessary because states and territories already manage gun registration.

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