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Simon to forgive your guns

By johnboy - 2 March 2009 22

This one appeared on Friday after I’d checked out of reality.

Simon Corbell has announced a three month gun amnesty.

    Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today declared a firearms amnesty as part of a campaign to promote compliance with Firearms legislation in the ACT.“The government is strongly committed to firearms regulation that promotes the fact that it is a privilege, not a right, to own a firearm.” Mr Corbell said “We also want to make certain, only those who can demonstrate genuine and responsible use of a firearm should be able to own and use firearms.”The amnesty will operate for three months between 1 March 2009 and 31 May 2009 and is timed to coincide with a NSW firearms amnesty. The ACT amnesty will allow people to hand in illegal firearms with no questions asked.Under the amnesty:
    – People who are not licensed to own firearms but currently have unregistered firearms in their possession, will be able to surrender them to any police station without penalty; and
    – People who currently have a licence or permit, but have unregistered firearms in their possession will be able to register those firearms without penalty.

    Anyone feel safer?

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Simon to forgive your guns
p1 9:33 am 03 Mar 09

My understanding is you can’t register a Pump Action unless you are some sort of commercial shooter, presumably, such a person uses the gun enough that the convenience of not having to reload so often is sufficient justification.

A traditional single or double barrelled shotgun can be obtain “relativity” easily for sport or rabbit hunting. In fact, a quick look at the AFP website makes it look like only pump action and self loading shotguns are excluded from Category A, so leaver action should be fine. That is not to say there isn’t some small print in the legislation somewhere that says you can only have one if you drive a stage coach…

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Category A firearms

This category applies to:

* air rifles
* rimfire rifles other than self loading
* shotguns other than pump action or self loading
* shotgun and rimfire rifle combinations.

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jakez 9:13 am 03 Mar 09

Self Defence is expressly forbidden as a ‘genuine need’ in the legislation. I guess you could try hunting or possibly become a sporting shooter (there are some shotgun events).

The problem I think you’d face trying to successfully register a pump action or lever action is that you’d have to show that you couldn’t use a ‘lesser shotgun’ for the job. I’m not sure if there are any pump events (I doubt it). Maybe for shooting wild pigs (which are apparently quite dangerous)?

PBO 7:51 pm 02 Mar 09

Vic Bitterman said :

p1 said :

I always wanted a lever action shotgun. Ever since seeing terminator 2. And according to Wikipeadia, they are even legal here.

Yes, they are legal. Pump actions are legal too, however in this case, you do need to prove a genuine need.

Given time i could prove a genuine need for this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boys_Anti-tank_Rifle I saw one for sale in QLD 2 years back for $1500. It is a shame that you cannot get ammo for them anymore.

Not to be confused with the pink Girls Anti tank rifle.

peterh 5:08 pm 02 Mar 09

Vic Bitterman said :

p1 said :

I always wanted a lever action shotgun. Ever since seeing terminator 2. And according to Wikipeadia, they are even legal here.

Yes, they are legal. Pump actions are legal too, however in this case, you do need to prove a genuine need.

rabbits?

or the kambah foxes?

Vic Bitterman 4:59 pm 02 Mar 09

p1 said :

I always wanted a lever action shotgun. Ever since seeing terminator 2. And according to Wikipeadia, they are even legal here.

Yes, they are legal. Pump actions are legal too, however in this case, you do need to prove a genuine need.

p1 4:43 pm 02 Mar 09

I always wanted a lever action shotgun. Ever since seeing terminator 2. And according to Wikipeadia, they are even legal here.

peterh 4:13 pm 02 Mar 09

how many pople will try to register their semi autos and pump action shotties? I want to see that.

jakez 4:09 pm 02 Mar 09

AngryHenry said :

I can’t give them up Simon, I’m sorry.

They are attached to my shoulders.

HAHAHA. Best laugh I’ve had all day.

AngryHenry 4:04 pm 02 Mar 09

I can’t give them up Simon, I’m sorry.

They are attached to my shoulders.

jakez 4:02 pm 02 Mar 09

I wonder how many Rebels are going to hand in their weapons.

proofpositive 3:51 pm 02 Mar 09

Stupid Stupid Stupid… If you’ve got an unregistered firearm there should be a permanent amnesty on voluntarily handing it in.

PBO 3:29 pm 02 Mar 09

I cannot be stuffed digging them up again.

Madame Workalot 3:27 pm 02 Mar 09

Ramblingted – I think it’s more for the circumstances where, after the gun law overhaul in the late ’90s people retained guns that are now illegal. The amnesty allows them to surrender them without the possibility of being charged with possession of an illegal firearm for the intervening period.

ramblingted 3:06 pm 02 Mar 09

Oh, I see what they mean…so anyone with unregistered firearms, and no licence, can come to the foyer of their local cop shop, and give them to the people who have licences..and get them registered…oh bugger, I’m having a Lealiifano..

ramblingted 2:59 pm 02 Mar 09

“People who currently have a licence or permit, but have unregistered firearms in their possession will be able to register those firearms without penalty”.

Isn’t there a “fit and proper person” test applied to gun licences…and if you have been salting away unregistered firearms (perhaps for that late night cash withdrawal from the local servo), shouldn’t that disqualify you automatically from having a licence?

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