Gun control

Chapter

5 Nov 2017

This chapter shows how and why Australian firearm legislation altered very little for 65 years, but changed dramatically in 12 days. It explains the ‘perfect storm’ of horror, outrage, law and leadership which forced policy reversal, and details the lightning legislative adjustments now held up...

Report

5 Oct 2017

Four consecutive formal reports have now found that no Australian State or Territory has at any stage fully complied with the 1996 or 2002 firearm resolutions which collectively formed the National Firearms Agreement. In important areas, State and Territory legislation has been blocked or revised...

Report

13 Sep 2017

The rate at which states adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) surprised even its sponsors. Yet the treaty is often misunderstood and misrepresented – by some, mistrusted. Facts and answers can be found in a variety of sources, but until now the treaty lacked a...

Policy report

7 Apr 2017

The committee met between 16 March 2016 and 5 April 2017 to consider this inquiry and received 102 submissions from the organisations and individuals, heard oral evidence from 20 submitters and received advice from the New Zealand Police.

The report covers these areas:...

Audio program

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...

Commentary

Article

4 Dec 2016

Of all Australia’s public health initiatives, our gun control laws are perhaps the most widely recognised and cited with pride. Yet they also contain the seed of their own destruction.

John Howard's post-Port Arthur National Firearms Agreement brought with it an unintended public safety...

Fact sheet

15 Nov 2016

For more than a decade, people whose job it is to seize and to trace crime guns in Australia have steadily contradicted the unsourced, evidence-free opinion that most illicit firearms are smuggled into the country.

Journal article

22 Jun 2016

Importance Rapid-fire weapons are often used by perpetrators in mass shooting incidents. In 1996 Australia introduced major gun law reforms that included a ban on semiautomatic rifles and pump-action shotguns and rifles and also initiated a program for buyback of firearms.

Objective...

Briefing paper

5 May 2016

This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre. It then outlines the distinction between non-strictly indictable and strictly indictable firearms offences, and considers the significance of...

Statistics

3 May 2016

From 1988 to 2015, Australia ran forty-one state, territory and federal firearm amnesties for a combined total of 3,274 weeks. From the reports in which numbers were published, a minimum of 1,121,577 firearms were surrendered to police for destruction.

Commentary

Article

28 Apr 2016

The proud claim that Australia may have “solved the gun problem” might only be a temporary illusion. In recent years, arms dealers have imported more guns than ever before. And last year we crossed a symbolic threshold: for the first time in 20 years, Australia’s...

Statistics

28 Apr 2016

In the 27 years from 1988 to 2015, Australians imported more than a million guns. Many of these replaced firearm types prohibited and destroyed during federal firearm buybacks, or surrendered in dozens of state gun amnesties.

This table lists national firearm import totals provided...

Journal article

9 Oct 2015

In the past year there has been an upsurge in contributions to the popular press from social commentators insisting that guns make our nation safer. This essay questions these assertions. The paper provides evidence to support a contrary affirmation: that is, in order to have...

Commentary

Article

7 Oct 2015

In the frustrating struggle to identify gun killers in advance, we could have been looking in the wrong place. By accepting the common mantra that law-abiding, licensed firearm owners are not the problem, many have chased popular fears such as mental illness and violent video...

Statistics

3 Oct 2015

Of 130 victims shot dead, 56% were killed by a licensed gun owner. Most were shot by a killer with no previous history of violent crime or mental illness. All the perpetrators were men.

Research report

9 Apr 2015

Examines gun laws and gun related violence in Australia.

Clarification of the purpose of this inquiry

In response to this inquiry, the committee received over 400 submissions, many of which were concerned about the impact the inquiry might have on the ownership...

Commentary

Article

27 Feb 2015

Recent headlines are clear: our world is a fearful place, spattered with blood, angry men and loose guns. But not everywhere.

One sprawling region has largely avoided, and at times even reversed, the steady proliferation of illegal firearms and death by gunshot. Twelve out...

Commentary

Article

24 Apr 2013

A central tenet of the social contract is the individual's obligation to eschew force (with the exception of an inalienable right to self-defence) in return for collective security, with the state holding a monopoly on the use of force. After centuries of repression and violent...

Chapter

25 Jan 2013

Australia's massive experiment in gun control saw a million firearms, or one third of the nation's private arsenal destroyed, then a million new, but different guns imported. Sixteen years after firearm laws were tightened, gun homicide remains 50-60% lower, and the nation has not seen...

Website

17 Jun 2010

With more than 190,000 pages of news, data and comparative charts, and visited by 1.5 million uniquely identifiable users per year, GunPolicy.org is the world's most comprehensive and accessible web source for published evidence on armed violence, firearm law and gun control.

GunPolicy.org is...