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Gun ownership research reveals critical need for national firearms registry

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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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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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National pro-Adler vote latest example of Coalition white anting gun control

The failure of National Senators to oppose the introduction of the rapid fire Adler firearm is further evidence that the Coalition is weakening the legacy of former Prime Minister John Howard, Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should get gun control back on track by publicly stating that his government will oppose the gun lobby’s push to allow more dangerous weapons into Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Coalition Government hand in hand with the gun lobby to tear down the National Firearms Agreement

In a rare insight into the gun lobby’s shopping list, minutes from meetings between the Federal Justice Minister and a secretive “firearms industry reference group” show the Coalition Government working with the gun lobby to tear down the National Firearms Agreement.  
 
The gun lobby’s wish list includes importing more and more lethal firearms, increasing children’s access to weapons and removing current limits on firearms ownership. 
 
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Leyonhjelm’s horse trading on ABCC reveals his craven opportunism

Greens spokesperson for gun control Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Senator Leyonhjelm is seeking to pressure the Turnbull government into relaxing national gun laws, in exchange for his support of the ABCC. 
 
‘There should not be horse trading on these bills. It is so important that we do not let our stringent gun laws slip away by bartering over bills like this.
 
‘The ABCC is a piece of anti-worker legislation. It has nothing to do with cracking down on corruption, it is about union busting. 
 
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