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Get guns off our streets: Greens

The Greens will push for an Inquiry into the proliferation of illegal firearms in Australia when Parliament resumes.   

“The Australian Greens have long championed tighter gun control laws, including a ban on the importation, ownership, possession and use of semi-automatic handguns,” said Australian Greens Legal Affairs Spokesperson, Senator Penny Wright.

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Greens plan to get handguns off suburban streets

The Australian Greens have announced an action plan to make our streets and neighbourhoods safer with a ban on semi-automatic handguns.

The plan has been costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office at $351.5 million over the next four years and includes a 12-month amnesty, a buy-back scheme and a national public education campaign in support of the buy-back.

"We can't tackle gun violence without getting serious about taking guns off the streets," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

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Semi-automatic hand guns should be banned: Greens

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on the Prime Minister to tighten Australian gun control laws following the Newtown massacre in the United States.

"The Prime Minister needs to finish the job John Howard began after Port Arthur," Senator Milne said.

Following tri-partisan cooperation led by the Greens in Tasmania, John Howard helped ban semi-automatic rifles. However semi-automatic hand guns remained.

"Hands guns like the ones reported to be carried by the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, are available in Australia.

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Make it harder, not easier to get guns

The move by the Queensland Government to ease gun-licensing laws is very concerning and should it go ahead, will put public safety at risk, the Australian Greens said today.

 "If anything, we should make it harder for people to get their hands on firearms, not easier," Greens spokesperson for legal affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said.

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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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