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Old 12-22-2012, 10:07 AM   #59
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Amid nation-wide discussions of a ban on free gun offer emerging after the mass murder at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, slate.com suggests remembering Australia’s experience in the issue. Twelve days after a 1996 deadly incident that had left 35 people killed and 23 more wounded in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania, Australia’s government led by conservative Prime Minister John Howard announced extensive gun-control measures. The policy has proved effective, the media says.


The government announced a massive buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. Tightened requirements for licensing, registration, and safe storage of firearms were also declared. The new gun law - The 1996 National Firearms Agreement (the NFA) - required that gun buyers should present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase, self-defense not counting.

Following studies showed that homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The number of suicides by guns dropped by 65 percent. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Home invasions did not increase, despite the assumption that guns were needed to deter such crimes. No new mass shootings have been registered ever since the new measures became effective.
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