Category: Firearms Licences

Curbing Homelessness: An Interview with Senator Lee Rhiannon


On June 24, City of Sydney rangers moved in to shut down Sydney’s 24-7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space, which had been operating in the CBD since December. The operation had been providing free meals for the city’s needy, and a secure place to sleep for around 38 to 65 rough sleepers each night. As council ...

Eight Rounds in Eight Seconds: the Adler Is Coming to Australia


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Australian federal, state and territory governments have amended the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), but haven’t announced it to the public. Instead they recently posted the 2017 agreement on the attorney-general’s website. Neither George Brandis nor Australian justice minister Michael Keenan have issued an official statement about the updated agreement that was ...

To Adler or Not to Adler: the Rapid-Fire Shotgun Debate


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim A controversial ban on the eight-shot Adler A110 lever-action shotgun will remain in place, after state police ministers failed to reach a consensus on its reclassification last Friday. NSW police minister Troy Grant told the meeting that his state would not agree to a D classification for the shotgun, ...

“Fragile” Police Officer Avoids Prosecution After Bashing Homeless Men


Last week, the South Australian Police Ombudsman called for Constable Matthew Schwarz’s police powers to be revoked in the interests of public safety. The recommendation was made in a report about the officer’s conduct during a violent assault on 5 December 2012, where he repeatedly struck two homeless men with a baton in Whitmore Square, ...

NSW Police Carry Out Hundreds of Illegal Searches for Firearms


By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Last week, an ombudsman report revealed NSW police have carried out hundreds of unauthorised searches under increased powers that allow them to search individuals who’ve been served with a firearm prohibition order (FPO) without a warrant. The new search powers came into effect on November 1 2013 and were ...

Owning a Gun in Australia: Knee-Jerk Political Reactions


It might be hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when guns were accepted as an important part of the Australian identity, especially in rural areas. But times have changed, and our gun laws came in the spotlight once again after the Lindt Cafe seige of December 2014, which left many asking ...

Rise in NSW Gun Ownership: A Cause for Concern?


The issue of gun ownership sparks heated debate from both ends of the spectrum: those in favour of greater gun control typically argue that countries with high levels of ownership have more gun crime, that ready access to firearms increases the likelihood they will be used in heated situations or to exact maximum damage, and ...

Firearms Control Laws: Has Australia Got It Right?


Australia and the United States share many similarities – but one of the most striking differences is their respective approaches to gun ownership. Australia has gained recognition for its progressive approach to gun violence following the horrific Port Arthur massacre in 1996, which led to a public ‘buy back’ of weapons and the introduction of ...

What You Shouldn’t Do in a Public Place


The silly season is upon us – and for most of us, the holiday period is marked by festivities and celebrations with family and friends. It is an especially busy period for police across Australia, who will charge thousands of people with a range of criminal offences – the most common of which are likely ...

Does More Guns Mean More Gun Crimes?


Australia usually prides itself on its strict firearms laws, which have been hailed as a model for reform by other countries plagued by high rates of gun crime, including the United States. Following the tragic Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, during which 35 were killed and another 23 wounded, the Howard government began to crack ...