The Alannah & Madeline Foundation to deliver gun control petition to Canberra

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Media Release - Thursday 8 December, 2016

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation will deliver almost 60,000 signatures to Canberra on Friday to make sure Australians are heard on gun control.

A petition in support of strong gun control was launched by the Foundation in April this year, marking the 20th anniversary of the tragic Port Arthur massacre. 

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta will deliver the petition to Canberra on Friday for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting urging all governments to keep Australia’s gun laws strong. 

“On behalf of tens of thousands of Australians, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is calling on our leaders to do the right thing on guns,” Ms Podesta said.

“This is not the time to take a backwards step on gun control, in fact we should be strengthening our laws to deal with emerging technology like 3D printing.

“We don’t want to see a gun culture here in Australia like there is in the US, and we don’t want to see gun control become a political plaything like in the US. 

“We know the pro-gun lobby is very vocal and very well resourced, but we think it’s important the voice of everyday Australians is heard in this debate.

“The majority of Australians want to keep our gun laws strong because they have kept us safer.”

A review of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 was established following the horrific Martin Place Siege in Sydney, which saw four people killed. 

“Without the leadership of John Howard and Tim Fischer in 1996, the National Firearms Agreement would never have been struck," Ms Podesta said.

"We need to see the same kind of leadership in Canberra now to ensure agreement is reached on the Adler seven-shot.

"This is too important to be hijacked by special interests and electoral politics."

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation was established in memory of the two daughters of Walter Mikac who were tragically killed, along with their mother, in the Port Arthur shooting.

Mr Mikac – who fought for the introduction of the National Firearms Agreement 1996 – has today written to the Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers, calling for Australia’s gun laws to be kept strong. 

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