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Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

Media Release

12 October 2017

Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

New research by the Greens shows the extraordinary numbers of guns owned by private individuals in Australia and the urgent need for a national firearms registry across Australia.

Detailed gun data is available from NSW, the ACT and South Australia and it shows private individuals owning hundreds of guns in suburban Sydney, Newcastle and Adelaide.

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COAG call on terrorism set to fail if gun control not strengthened

Today’s stated commitment from COAG that they will implement a nationally consistent approach to counter-terrorism will be worthless if the National Firearm Agreement is not enforced and the Registry with details of where guns are held is not enacted.

Greens federal gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “For two decades, not one Australian state or territory government has fully complied with the National Firearms Agreement.

“This is a gaping hole in our ability to respond to terror threats.

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National Gun Register now urgent

The Commonwealth Parliament must take immediate action and legislate for a national gun register.

The 2017 update of the National Firearms Agreement required a nationwide approach to registering firearms with a national information sharing hub at its centre.

Despite the agreement, the Liberal National party in both the Federal parliament and states such as Queensland and NSW has failed to act because of pressure from the gun lobby in its ranks and pro-gun MPs in Shooters parties and One Nation.

Greens Federal Gun Control spokesperson Lee Rhiannon said:

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Adjournment speech: Gun control

Monday 19 June

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:12): The Turnbull government have announced the first national gun amnesty since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre. With great fanfare, the government is attempting to use this gun amnesty to project a positive image of tackling terrorism and of reducing the number of guns in circulation. However, the reality is quite different in terms of what is being achieved.

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We need proper gun law reform - not empty law and order measures

Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the Coalition to pursue sensible and effective gun law reform – and not just bang the law and order drum.
 
The Criminal Code Amendment (Firearms Trafficking) Bill is currently before the Senate. The Greens support Labor’s amendments to the bill. 
 
“This is the Coalition’s third attempt to push mandatory minimum sentencing laws through parliament in this way,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Greens urge safety over self interest in Adler debate

Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on federal and state government ministers who will discuss the classification of the Adler semi-automatic weapon at the upcoming COAG meeting to put public safety first and disregard the scare tactics of Shooters Party and gun lobby.
 
"Rather than be coerced by the gun lobby, state and federal governments need to listen to the experts and what the experts are saying is there is no need for this Adler to be made available under the weaker B Classification," Senator Rhiannon said.
 
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6000 stolen guns – time to tighten firearm laws

Today’s news that over 6000 guns have been reported as stolen across Australia between 2013 and 2015 must be a call for action, the Greens say. 
 
National data obtained by Gun Control Australia shows that the majority of firearms stolen were hunting rifles (category A) and general hunting shotguns (category B). 
 
Greens Gun Control Spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “The issue of stolen firearms, which find their way into the illicit gun market, is something federal and state governments urgently need to address. 
 
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