Firearm regulation in Australia: insights from international experience and research
This report outlines a comparative study of firearm injury prevention initiatives in five countries, including national gun buybacks, amnesties and weapon destruction programmes. The report was commissioned by the Government of Canada Joint Federal/Provincial Commission into the April 2020 Nova Scotia mass casualty.
Implementing the firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme
As part of its response to the Christchurch mosque attacks, the New Zealand Parliament introduced a firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme. This report examines how effectively and efficiently the Police implemented the scheme.
Firearms Prohibition Orders: public consultation document
Tougher gun laws, designed to improve public safety through Firearms Prohibition Orders, are proposed in this document released for public input.
Could this be a tipping point for gun control?
Timing might mean this month’s shootings have more impact than usual, writes Lesley Russell.
The ‘perfect storm’ of gun control: from policy inertia to world leader
Australian firearm policy had altered very little in 65 years prior to the 1990s. However, the events in April 1996 precipitated 12 days that dramatically changed national firearm legislation. Thirty-five people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the Port Arthur Historic Site in...
Fact Check: Did Labor oppose the Government's attempts to strengthen Australia's gun laws?
Attorney-General Christian Porter claims that the Government has twice tried to pass increased penalties and mandatory minimum penalties for gun traffickers, but they were opposed by Labor.
Hunters and collectors: gun use and ownership in Australia
This discussion paper outlines research from the Australia Institute which finds that there are more guns in Australia now than there were before the Port Arthur massacre and introduction of strict gun controls.
Point blank: political strategies of Australia’s gun lobby
The Australian public supports stronger gun control and stricter restrictions and laws on firearms. Despite this, there is a real danger of our firearm laws being watered down. This report provides an account of the political strategies of the gun lobby.
PM statement on Christchurch mosques terror attack - 21 March
This speech announces the New Zealand Government's new firearm policy to ban all military style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, high capacity magazines and parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon.
Gun lobby dictates policy in New Zealand: Philip Alpers
Adjunct associate professor Philip Alpers is the director of a global project comparing gun laws in 350 jurisdictions worldwide. Alpers tells The World Today that New Zealand is the only developed country other than the US and Canada without universal gun registration.
In the line of fire: human rights and the US gun violence crisis
This report underlines the plight of those who survive gun violence. More than 300 people are shot in the U.S. every day and survive. Many people also suffer non-fatal gun injuries. The long- and short-term health issues related to their injuries constitute a massive public...
The Commonwealth Government has no Constitutional authority for the legislation and regulation of firearms laws other than those which apply to the Customs Act. Our firearms policies, Federal and State, should be based on one fact - criminals do not obey the law. As such...
Australia's gun laws can't work in America – for now
This article proposes the most obvious and proven solutions to America's epidemic of armed violence, some of which are bound to be adopted, but not anytime soon.
Australian gun laws
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...
Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty and the UNPoA: a guide to coordinating an effective arms control system
This is the second edition of the Implementation Guide for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Small Arms Programme of Action (UNPoA).
Firearm legislation in Australia 21 years after the National Firearms Agreement
This report finds that on balance, both non-compliance from day one and two decades of political pressure have steadily reduced restrictions and undermined the National Firearms Agreement’s original intent.
Reinvigorating the Narrative: the broader benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty
This resource looks at the full breadth of advantages offered by the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), plus an accessible description of how it works.
Could Australia learn from US approach to gun violence?
As last Sunday's shooting death of a three-year-old girl in Sydney shows, Australia's gun control and gun violence prevention system has flaws.
Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand: Report of the Law and Order Committee
This report considers issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand and recommends changes.
Australian gun laws may seed their own destruction
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.
The origin of Australian crime guns: statements from those involved in curbing the proliferation of illicit firearms
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.
Illicit firearms in Australia
Overview The illicit movement, trafficking and use of firearms is a serious national threat and a significant safety concern for the Australian community. The demand for and supply of illicit firearms in Australia is driven by a range of entities, from organised crime groups to...
Association between gun law reforms and intentional firearm deaths in Australia, 1979-2013
This article attempts to determine whether enactment of the 1996 gun laws and buyback program were followed by changes in the incidence of mass firearm homicides and total firearm deaths.
Sentencing outcomes for firearms offences
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...
Australian firearm amnesty, buyback and destruction totals, 1987-2015
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.