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  • Mandatory minimum sentences proposed for firearms trafficking

    Posted 23/03/2015 by Cat Barker

    The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (2015 Bill), listed for debate in the House of Representatives this week, includes amendments to introduce mandatory minimum sentences for firearms trafficking that failed to pass the Senate in an earlier Bill. The Government has linked these new amendments to the review of the Martin Place siege.

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    TAGS: firearms, criminal law

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  • Inquiry into the use of weapons by the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)

    Posted 6/12/2013 by Nigel Brew
    On 29 November 2013, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) provided to the Minister for Foreign Affairs the final report of her recent inquiry into the provision of weapons and the training in and use of weapons and self-defence techniques in ASIS. While the IGIS reported that overall ASIS ‘has managed the training in and use of weapons and self-defence techniques well’, she did identify two breaches of the Intelligence Services Act 2001 (ISA) involving firearms training, and... Read more...

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  • Australian gun laws

    Posted 21/12/2012 by Jonathan Curtis
    The recent mass shooting in Connecticut in the United States has led to commentators to again consider Australia’s approach to firearms controls following, in particular, the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre which involved the use of several assault rifles, and also the 2002 Monash shootings perpetrated with a semi-automatic pistol.National agreements by Australian governments after each incident formed the basis of current regulatory controls.Responsibility for the regulation of firearms in Australia ... Read more...

    TAGS: firearms, law enforcement

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