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Originally posted by jerico65
Check this out:
Now, my fav is this one:
The first is the banning of assault weapons.
The second is the banning of hi-cap magazines. Check out the date of the second one. She put this up on 16 Apr 07. I read on another board that the House closed at 1400 that day.
16 April is when the Virginia Tech shootings took place. She was putting forth her bill right about the time they were filling body bags.
Gun Buy Back - Wednesday 29th July 1998
About 640,000 guns were taken in under the amnesty and buy-back scheme which operated soon after the Port Arthur massacre. Victoria was been the most successful state to call in its prohibited weapons. Before the scheme started the Victorian Firearms Registry records showed that there were about 750,000 registered guns in Victoria. About 210,000 were handed in because they became prohibited weapons. These were mainly military style rifles, semi-automatic and pump action shotguns and .22 low power rifles with 10 shot magazines. About 20% of those guns however were unregistered.
Thus 30% of Victorian guns were handed in by the end of the amnesty and this probably represents about a 70% success rate. The situation however in NSW and Queensland was nowhere near as satisfactory. There were probably almost 2,000,000 guns in those two states and we would expect that at least 600,000 would fall into the prohibited categories. Yet no more than 285,000 were handed in. This means that the success rate in NSW and Queensland was below 50%. This is a very serious matter but it's not hard to see why the buy-back partly failed in these two major gun owning states.
Victoria had mandatory gun registration for a decade yet NSW and Queensland did not had gun registration on rifles and shot-guns. This means that shooters in Victoria were aware that the Government knew what type of gun and how many guns each of them owned. In NSW and Queensland the government had little idea of these facts and we must presume that gun owners felt they could flout the law in these two states.
Of course a national gun registration scheme came into existence as one of the major gun law improvements following the Port Arthur massacre and we might expect that in NSW and Queensland, as guns become registered and hence their existence and their type become known to the Police, then gun owners will be forced to obey the law.
It is crucial that all six state and two territory governments make efforts to take in the guns which eluded the buy-back scheme. Viewing Australia as a whole it would seem that no more than two out of every three prohibited guns were actually handed in.
Prohibited guns can still be taken to police stations, but no fee will be paid.
2nd amendment reads, according to wikipedia:
“ A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. ”
"The tradition of securing a military force through a duty of universal military obligation for all able-bodied males follows from the Elizabethan era militia in England.