Australia’s firearm ownership examined
Triple J, September 18, 2012
Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia spokesperson Tim Bannister discusses firearm ownership in Australia and the growing popularity of target shooting with Triple J’s The Hack program. Tim says people now see hunting on the same level as fishing, and sport shooting as similar to archery. He said as the drought has broken, people are asking for assistance to remove non-native animals and hunters can help. The Port Arthur mass murders saw then Prime Minister John Howard impose restrictions on semi-automatic firearms and made the sports of shooting and hunting seem distasteful. He highlighted that the government spent $1 billion on firearms control, yet the level of suicide hasn't dropped significantly, homicide hasn't dramatically dropped and the bad guys still have guns.
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