Community safety

Community safety and firearms

Arising from the Port Arthur tragedy, which resulted in 35 deaths, our country adopted uniform laws and regulations which banned all automatic and semi automatic weapons and instituted strict licensing laws. As a result, Australia has one of the lowest gun-related death rates in the developed world.

The Foundation is committed to reducing the risk of death and harm from firearms in our community.

Reducing the risk of death and harm from firearms in our community

In 2015-2016 we contributed to the Inquiry into Martin Place Siege Joint Commonwealth and New South Wales review.

We advocated for a strengthening of the National Firearms Agreement through consistent application of Commonwealth and State laws and an update of the Agreement to reflect changes in firearm technology.

We supported bringing into operation Crimtrac to better trace the movement and sale of firearms and a series of measures to reduce illegal firearms. We supported a national amnesty to surrender illegal firearms.

The Foundation believes that our gun laws have kept Australia safer.

In response to the 2016 review of our national gun laws, the Foundation launched a petition, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre.

The petition called for all states and territories to ensure their gun laws are maintained in line with the National Firearms Agreement 1996. The petition also called for firearms capable of firing multiple shots in quick succession be restricted, including the Adler A110.

Many Australians support strong gun laws and as evidence of that our petition yielded 60,000 signatures, which was presented to the Hon Malcolm Turnbull Prime Minister of Australia on 9 December 2016 in Canberra.

Our voice helped speak for many Australians and we welcomed the adoption of a strengthened National Firearms Agreement by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to classify the seven-shot Adler as a Category D firearm. Category D is the highest available classification for firearms under the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and reflects the Adler’s capacity to fire up to eight shots in quick succession.

We remain committed to continuing to play a role in advocating for strong gun control in Australia and the safety of all children.

I’m a Tasmanian who remembers the tragedy of Port Arthur and believes that the subsequent gun reforms have made Australia a better place to live and a nation that can lead by example.

- Aaron, St Kilda, Melbourne, Keeping Australians Safe from Gun Violence Petition 2016

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