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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 11:04 AM

Australia announces three-month gun amnesty

Source: CNN, by James Griffiths

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Australia has announced a three-month gun amnesty in an attempt to stop some of the country's 260,000 illegal firearms from falling into the hands of terrorists.

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Illegal guns were used in recent terrorist activity such as a deadly shootout in Melbourne this month, and the 2014 Sydney cafe siege which left two hostages dead.

Anyone caught with an unregistered firearm outside the amnesty period could face a $280,000 (US$212,500) fine and up to 14 years in prison.

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This week's move is the first major gun amnesty in the country since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, in which a lone gunman killed 35 people with a military-style semiautomatic rifle.

In the wake of that tragedy, then Prime Minister John Howard banned rapid-fire rifles and shotguns and tightened gun licensing. The government eventually bought back and destroyed more than one million firearms.

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In the wake of his reforms, mass shootings in Australia dropped to zero, gun suicides declined by an average of 4.8% per year, and gun-related homicides declined by an average of 5.5% per year.

Those statistics are often pointed to by gun-control advocates in the US as proof restricting the availability of deadly weapons can reduce the number of deaths from them.

Read it all at: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/16/asia/australia-gun-amnesty/index.html

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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 11:05 AM

1. Grab 'em

yup

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Sat Jun 17, 2017, 11:13 AM

2. Won't happen here

 

NRA wants every nut job loaded for bear, buying guns daily!

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