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.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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...
This is the second edition of the Implementation Guide for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Small Arms Programme of Action (UNPoA).
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.
This resource looks at the full breadth of advantages offered by the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), plus an accessible description of how it works.
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.
This report considers issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand and recommends changes.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.