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    Kelvin Thomson blogspot

    I am aware of the risk of advice from outsiders being unwelcome, but feel compelled to write all the same because

    1. We cannot sit idly by and just allow senseless and avoidable deaths, in this case including 20 small children, to go on, and
    2. Australia’s experience is crystal clear and I believe the United States can benefit from it.

    After 35 people, including small children, were killed in the Australian island State of Tasmania in April, 1996, the Australian Police Ministers Council agreed to a national plan for the regulation of firearms.  The Plan is known as the National Firearms Agreement and its terms include:

    •Banning military style automatic and semi-automatic firearms;
    •Limiting the availability of non-military style semi-automatic rifles and shotguns to primary producers, professional vermin exterminators, and a limited class of clay target firearm users;
    •Introducing registration for all firearms, including longarms;
    •Grouping firearms into 5 broad licensing categories;
    •Requiring all licence applicants to establish a genuine reason for firearms ownership;
    •Requiring all licence applicants other than those applying for category A firearms to establish that they have a special need for the particular category of firearm;
    •Requiring that permits be acquired for every new firearm purchase, with the issue of a permit to be subject to a waiting period of at least 28 days to enable appropriate checks to be made;
    •Stricter storage requirements for all firearms; and
    •Requiring all sales to be conducted by or through licensed firearms dealers.

    Since these laws were enacted in 1996 Australia has not had a repeat of the massacres we had before they came into effect.

    Straightforward.

    Simple.

    "Thousands of Australian lives have been saved...."

    "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

    by bontemps2012 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 05:37:04 PM PST

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