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Friday, 8 March 2013

Refer gun control at the same time as gangs

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Refer gun control at the same time as gangs

"If the Prime Minister is serious about tackling violent crime, then she should get tough on gun control" Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said today while commenting on the Commonwealth referral of powers.

"The Commonwealth referral of powers relating to gangs that the Prime Minister announced today should extend to guns.

"Now is the time for the Prime Minister to seek both the referral of powers relating to gangs and to guns from the states to the Commonwealth.

"Currently the states regulate the licensing, storage, registration and types of guns that can and can't be used, as well as the sale of ammunition

"This is leading a patchwork scheme as different states create loopholes to appease shooting groups.

"For example, the 28 day cooling-off period required when purchasing guns does not apply in Victoria and Western Australia, which abolished this provision after the purchase of a first gun.

"You can't deal with gang violence without dealing with their access to guns.

"Thousands of guns are imported into Australia legally but find their way into criminal hands. For a tough and comprehensive policy to tackle violent crime, the Prime Minister should move to strengthen gun control laws by banning semi-automatic hand guns and strengthening the regulations around the acquisition and storage of guns."

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