Jun 19, 2017

What is a ‘gun amnesty’ anyway? And how is it meant to stop crime?

Crikey intern Will Ziebell.

What is a gun amnesty?

Justice Minister Michael Keenan’s announcement last week that the federal government would introduce the first national gun amnesty since 1996 has been widely reported. But what exactly is a gun amnesty, and why has the government decided to introduce one now?

What is a gun amnesty?

A gun amnesty is a period of non-prosecution that allows people to surrender their unwanted or unregistered firearms without fear of legal repercussions. This differs from a “gun buyback” where the government compensates gun owners for the surrender of firearms, though the two have previously run concurrently.

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5 thoughts on “What is a ‘gun amnesty’ anyway? And how is it meant to stop crime?

  1. Barbara Haan

    Nice article Will. What is to be done with pro-gun nutters like Leyonhjelm (and presumably his sidekick Latham)? Not to mention enthusiastic gun maniacs in the Nationals Party?

  2. klewso

    And there I was thinking it was thinking it was related to the red herring – a distraction, to be pulled out when things aren’t going the government’s way and they want to look like they’re doing soemthing?
    I just hope these gun-happy hoons with penis issues take this opportunity to rid themselves of their substitutes.

    1. klewso

      …. I was also thinking it was simply related to the red herring – …. doing something?….

  3. AR

    Criminals and other unsuitable gun owners always take the first opportunity to avail themselves of a gun amnesty.
    Well known fact. In Bizarro World.

  4. Barry McGaffin

    Re Gun “amnesty”: Lets hope actual destruction of handed in weapons occurs, rather than just de-registering and on-selling out the back door as happened last time e’g Gympie et al. Barry

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