National Firearms Amnesty a waste of resources
The results of the amnesty were nothing out of the box with not many semi-auto and automatic firearms handed in.
Of the overall 57,324 recorded, one third were destroyed and the balance was registered in various states and returned to the owners.
As we have stated many times in the past it is a fallacy to claim registered guns help solve crime. They don’t and there are no authentic studies or figures to say this helps to track gun crime.
There are probably over 1.5 million .22 calibre rifles registered across the nation and another 200,000 that are not registered. How does this make the unregistered guns illegal?
Thousands of unregistered motor vehicles sit in yards and paddocks across Australia. Does that make them illegal?
People have been conditioned into thinking because a firearm sits in a cupboard for years waiting for a need on a rainy day then these guns are illegal?
Wakey wakey they are no more illegal than the cars even if we had legitimate government.
Nearly 2900 handguns were handed in plus a nice little rocket launcher, recovered from a dump, no doubt having its origins with army ordinance. It found its way to the crusher.
Only 2500 semi-automatic firearms were handed in.
New South Wales received the highest number of firearms at 24,831, followed by Queensland on 16,375. Victorians handed in 9,175 guns.
Federal Minister for Law Enforcement Angus Taylor said the weapons were no longer on the “grey market”, which refers to guns that are not registered and not in the hands of criminals.
This Minister has no idea what he is talking about. He thinks criminals might get their hands on these guns. There would be none to hand in if this were the case.
You only made more criminals out of law abiding citizens who foolishly handed them in Mr Taylor.
When these gun owners became ‘licenced’ all of their personal details were entered into the federal Crim Trac records along with tens of thousands of real criminals who, incidentally, have not handed in their guns.
So-called government is criminally stupid.
Senator David Leyonhjelm, an avid shooter and gun advocate, does not think it has achieved much at all.
“We know it makes no difference to anything that really matters,” Senator Leyonhjelm said.
“The Government says its taking guns off the street. The guns that it gets in an amnesty were never on the street. They’re grandpa’s old guns. They were in the back of a cupboard or wardrobe in a ceiling somewhere. They were never going to be used in a crime.”
These ancient guns were handed in. It is impossible to source ammo for any of these antique guns.
- Norinco SKK semi-automatic rifle (the remaining 900,000 are buried)
- A WWII Russian PPSH submachine gun
- Martini Henry rifle circa 1873
- Spandau MG08 heavy machine gun(should be given to a RSL club)
- Beaumont Adams Revolver circa 1856
- A homemade machine gun