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Posted: 7/25/2001 11:14:51 AM EDT
Check out this news article from the West Australia newspaper. Very instructive as to how the government wears down those who resist. They just keep coming back. ************************ Gun hunt - Crackdown on illegal weapons By Ben Harvey WA POLICE have launched a firearms crackdown to flush out thousands of illegal weapons. The operation will concentrate on the State's 85,000 owners and their 200,000 weapons. Gun owners will have to go to their local police station to present some identification, their gun licence and hand over their weapon to be inspected. The audit was prompted by a damning report by Auditor-General Des Pearson which accused police of not screening properly the criminal records, mental fitness or storage facilities of firearm licence holders. The report, tabled in State Parliament in September, suggested thousands of firearms restricted or banned under toughened ownership laws had not been surrendered or checked for compliance. Police hope an accurate data base will allow them to match guns with owners and track down thousands of automatic and semi-automatic weapons not handed in during the gun buy-back scheme. They include nearly 30,000 heavily restricted or illegal firearms. The Howard Government introduced the gun buy-back in October 1996 after Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania. The scheme ran until September 1997. More than 51,000 guns were handed to WA police. The audit is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2004. The first phase, which is under way, involves tracking down thousands of category C and D weapons. Category D weapons were made illegal under changes to the gun laws. Military-style guns included in this category should have been handed to police. It is believed many were not. Category C weapons, including magazine-fed, self-loading rifles and pump-action shotguns, were restricted. Phase two of the plan, to be completed by July next year, involves the physical inspection of every registered firearm, licence and licence holder. In phase three, police will track gun owners who did not present their weapons for inspection during phase two. Assistant Commissioner Mel Hay is expected to announce the initiative on Monday. Gun enthusiast and owner of the Gunmart and Tackle store in Midland, Graeme Harris, said yesterday he was disappointed the gun lobby was not consulted before the audit was launched. He said it was a potential safety risk having thousands of people walking into suburban police stations with guns. Lawful gun owners had been harassed enough during the buy-back scheme, he said. News of the crackdown comes as police warned that 17 handguns, including high-powered pistols, were stolen on Friday from the Mt Lawley home of a gun club member. © 2000 West Australian Newspapers Limited
Link Posted: 7/25/2001 11:35:45 AM EDT
Some cops are not going to be around after the first wave. The second one is going to be messy. c-rock
Link Posted: 7/25/2001 11:43:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Blacktip: "The Howard Government introduced the gun buy-back in October 1996 after Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania."
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Man I hope this never happens here or we will be toast for sure.
Link Posted: 7/25/2001 12:11:09 PM EDT
This will happen overnight once the 2nd ammendment becomes a state right not an individual right.
Link Posted: 7/25/2001 1:08:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/25/2001 1:05:46 PM EDT by KBaker]
Originally Posted By lordtrader:
Originally Posted By Blacktip: "The Howard Government introduced the gun buy-back in October 1996 after Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, Tasmania."
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Man I hope this never happens here or we will be toast for sure.
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If it does, you can bet it will occur in a "gun free zone".
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