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Monday, April 15, 2013
Our grandson is studying at a university in Australia. Given the current controversy over gun regulations in the U.S., I was interested to learn more about gun laws Down Under.
Before someone can buy a firearm in Australia, he or she must be 18 and must obtain a Permit To Acquire, which has a mandatory 28-day delay before it can be issued. A “genuine reason” must be given for each firearm to be licensed, relating to hunting, target shooting, pest control or gun collecting.
Self-defense is not accepted as a reason for issuing a license. Under certain circumstances, however, it may be legal to use a licensed firearm for self-defense. Each firearm in Australia must be registered to the owner by serial number and must be stored securely.
Handguns are available only to target shooters, who first must serve a probationary period of six months using club handguns, and must participate in a minimum number of matches yearly to retain each category of handgun. Only primary producers such as farmers, occupational shooters, collectors and some clay target shooters can own semi-automatic rifles holding 10 or fewer rounds or shotguns holding five or fewer rounds.
Now that’s a civilized approach to gun control.
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