Gun buyback schemes
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Firearm imports, Australia: Non-air modern firearms for civilian possession, 1988 to 2015 (ABS)
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 by...
The big melt: how one democracy changed after scrapping a third of its firearms
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...
"Harmless" .22 calibre rabbit rifles kill more people than any other type of gun
Contrary to their popular image as low-powered 'bunny guns', .22-calibre rifles are commonly used in multiple shootings.
The right to keep secret guns: registering firearms to reduce gun violence
Among a small, but vocal minority of shooters the universal registration of firearms is both the most ridiculed and the most feared of all measures to control guns. It is a fundamental belief of some gun owners that any register of firearms is merely the...
Locking up guns: foiling thieves, children and the momentarily suicidal
The headline-grabbing effect of the illegal “crime gun” guarantees it more attention than the lawful, homely firearms which kill nine-tenths of shooting victims. Accordingly, public opinion seems willing to tackle the problem of guns in crime while little attention is paid to the much more...