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Response to Hoyt (Reply #14)

Sat Jun 16, 2012, 02:54 PM

18. Doesn't seem to be working in Australia

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-24/customs-admits-illegal-gun-import-x-ray-blunder/4031190


Customs admits illegal gun import X-ray blunder

Posted May 24, 2012 14:08:16


Customs officials have revealed that their X-ray machines did not pick up more than 100 pistols that were illegally imported through a Sydney post office.

Police arrested four people in March over the Glock pistols that were allegedly posted from Germany to the Sylvania Waters Post Office.

Representatives from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service were questioned about the case during a federal Estimates hearing in Canberra this morning.

At the time police said they had seized more than 200 handguns, but today's Estimates hearing was told about 122 pistols, triggers and magazines were sent by airmail.


Well, lets just declare an amnesty, and the guns will be turned in. They tried it a couple of years ago:

http://www.thecourier.com.au/blogs/the-rant/gun-amnesty-bit-of-a-misfire/1649124.aspx

Gun amnesty bit of a misfire

ANOTHER year, another gun amnesty. And yet another photo op involving an earnest police officer looking serious and concerned in front of a pile of firearms.

It looks such an important and effective exercise in community policing. Let’s get all these nasty (cue scary music) guns off the street.

Except, if I may borrow a phrase from the English lass at work, it’s bollocks.

The amnesty and previous gun buy-back schemes are, for all practical purposes, public relations exercises. The effect on violent crime rates would be negligible because the sort of person who might hand in an old rifle at the cop shop is not exactly the type of ‘‘person of interest’’ associated with violent crime.

That sad collection of museum pieces and rusty old .22s pictured in The Courier last week, looked sinister enough but hardly constituted a menace to society. You see, criminals will always find ways to get illegal firearms or explosives or whatever, when they want to.


Surprise, surprise. The commenter above was right: the criminals ignored it. From Wednesday:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-13/guns-john-rau-laws/4068264?section=sa

Gun amnesty alongside tougher SA laws

Legislation allowing for the jailing of people who illegally discharge guns has been introduced in the South Australian Parliament.

It is a response to cases including recent drive-by shootings in Adelaide.

SA Attorney-General John Rau said the bill creates a new offence of discharging a firearm without a lawful excuse.

Once the legislation passed, Mr Rau said a three-month amnesty would open for illegal weapons to be surrendered to police.

"The clear objective of this legislation is to put behind bars people who engage in any crime using firearms and to make any of these individuals who are in the habit of leaving home with guns in their vehicles or on their person to realise that if they are detected by the police they can expect to go to jail," he said...


Looks like SA is making these shootings double-super illegal. That's sure to stop them!

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