Gun Amnesties don’t work

In the the wake of the Port Arthur massacre Australian politicians reacted in a illogical manner and ignored sensible advice. They put in place bans and amnesties to lower the number of firearms in the community. That hasn’t worked out so well…the numbers though are probably suspect because they are from that anti-gun weirdo Philip Alpers:

Professor Alpers said since eight people were killed in Melbourne’s Queen Street massacre in 1987, Australia had run 38 gun amnesties for a combined total of more than 3000 weeks.

This included the 1996-97 national firearms buy-back and the 2003 handgun buy-back, which resulted in 728,667 newly prohibited guns being handed back in return for compensation. 

The research suggests that when gun owners who have surrendered their weapons voluntarily and without compensation are included in the figures, more than 1 million guns have been destroyed in Australia since 1988. That is one-third of the nation’s private arsenal, according to the research.

While there was an initial spike when owners of now-banned multishot rifles and shotguns replaced their weapons with single-fire guns in the four years after Port Arthur, gun imports fell and remained stagnant. The lowest number of imports in a financial year – just under 18,000 – was recorded in 1998-99.

The research shows that the trade has now recovered, with a steady increase in the 10 years since, peaking at 66,461 guns imported into Australia in 2009/10, the highest number in 13 years. Overall, 1,055,082 firearms have been imported into Australia since gun destruction programs began in 1988 at an average of 43,961 guns a year.


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  • williamabong

    “Professor” Alpers FFS, living proof that turds always float on top of the pond, what happened to Silly Phil the Fair Go sensationalist,
    “Outlaw Guns and only Outlaws will have Guns”

    • Mr_Blobby

      Australia is a much bigger pond. The trouble with turds like alpers is that they know best, make a big mess and then piss off and leave somebody else to clean up after them.

  • cows4me

    The Aussies are beginning to realise they have been sold a dog. As usual when guns are banned only the crims keep theirs and it doesn’t take them long to use them on the defenseless. The fruitloops like Alpers have had their chance to mold society as they believe it should be. It hasn’t worked, not that they really care. They have a pathological fear of guns and believe the state should only posses guns, they are of course quite mad. The left and their nutty policies have placed more in danger then a few crazies that kill. It’s long past time the gun control nuts from the left were kicked to the curb.

  • Bovver

    Maybe Australia does have as many guns again, but of those new guns none are assault weapons and very few would be hand guns

    • Mr_Blobby

      And yet Gun crime is still rampant.

    • And your point is what?

  • Mr_Blobby

    So not much was achieved. Gun crime is still rampant. How much did it cost the TAX payer to buy back and destroy all those guns.
    Look around the World every country with a despot ruler, the first thing they do is disarm the citizenry to make it easier to control them.
    Governments tolerate criminals and crime because they pose no direct threat to the establishment.
    What I find disconcerting is that these nutjob’s who spout on about personal freedom etc will be the first to justify taking away said personal freedoms, by force if necessary, in the interests of the greater good, there greater good.