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Strict Aussie gun laws not the magic cure expected

Gun laws fall short in war on crime

By Robert Wainwright.

Gun ownership is rising and there is no definitive evidence that a decade of restrictive firearms laws has done anything to reduce weapon-related crime, according to NSW’s top criminal statistician.

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The latest figures show a renaissance in firearm

ownership in the state – a 25 per cent increase in three years. And the

head of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn,

said falls in armed robberies and abductions in NSW in the past few

years had more to do with the heroin drought and good policing than

firearms legislation.

Even falls in the homicide rate,

which have been steady, began long before the gun law debate provoked

by the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

Nationwide, the

proportion of robberies involving weapons is the same as it was in

1996, while the proportion of abductions involving weapons is higher,

the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics fiures reveal. They show a

mixed result in firearms-related offences since the mid-1990s. There

has been a fall in firearms murders (from 32 to 13 per cent) but a rise

(19 to 23 per cent) in attempted murders involving guns. [source]

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