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Posted: 8/24/2001 7:04:08 AM EST
There is always a fly in the ointment. =========================================================== http://news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,2676038%255E2,00.html News.com.au - Guns smuggled in the mail (By CHRISTOPHER DORE, TRUDY HARRIS and MARK WHITTAKER, )Click here to print this page Guns smuggled in the mail By CHRISTOPHER DORE, TRUDY HARRIS and MARK WHITTAKER 24Aug01 HIGH-POWERED guns are being routinely mailed from overseas in pieces and reassembled by Australian criminals, making a mockery of efforts to control firearms and limit violent crime. Police officers have been told to be on alert for hand guns that have been transformed into powerful machine pistols using imported parts that could be delivered through the regular mail system. A memo to NSW police officers warns that hand guns seized during a major investigation of weapons-trafficking can fire up to 20 rounds in seconds. A police commissioner has alerted The Australian's Dossier team to the ease of skirting Australian gun laws with imported parts, sometimes as small as an envelope, stating: "You don't need too much imagination to import these things into the country. "If you said, `here's a bunch of Ford Falcon parts', most Customs inspectors wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a carburettor and a part for a gun." The number of guns and their parts undermines the Howard Government's strengthening of firearms laws after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. State, territory and commonwealth governments only recently moved to tighten hand-gun laws, restricting their importation, sale and movement around the country. Shootings have dramatically increased recently, doubling in the past two years to about 100 in NSW alone. "One of the problems is that the gangsters ... are very young and, whereas a few years ago they were rolling people in parks and taking their Reeboks and mobile phones, now they are shooting them," one officer said. National Crime Authority general manager of operations Adrien Whidett said cheap parts were imported from South-East Asia and then sold for hiked prices after being reassembled. Mr Whidett told The Australian some gun parts were now plastic, making detection even harder. "There are a lot of counterfeit firearms made in Asia of popular weapons that the Americans churn out. They are probably not as sophisticated, but they kill nevertheless," Mr Whidett said. The NCA's concerns are echoed by NSW Crime Commission chairman Phillip Bradley, who said gun-smuggling was becoming more financially attractive. "The mark-up is such that it is more profitable than drugs and less risky because of the penalties involved," he said. Last week's warning in NSW Police Weekly said Glock pistols were seized during the investigation into gun trafficking. The pistols had a slide with buttons inserted in the end -- holding down the lock that stops the weapon firing automatically. "They'll put 14 rounds into you in two seconds," one senior officer said. "It's scary stuff." The NSW Firearms Trafficking Unit has seized more than 440 guns since 1999, including 151 pistols, four machine guns and a rocket launcher. This report appears on news.com.au.
Link Posted: 8/24/2001 9:12:32 AM EST
Morons... Take guns away from people and they'll go to any length to make their own. Now, if only the honest CITIZENS would figut back against the criminals. I'm sure that a gun that fires 14 rounds per every two seconds will work well if fired by a citizen, too.
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