Crikey Worm

Mar 7, 2018

Crikey Worm: Aussie gun lobby’s accidental windfall

Good morning, early birds. Laws designed to diminish the role of guns in Australian society seem to have backfired. Plus, is North Korea's "strongman" leader really considering giving up his nuclear arsenal? It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist

GUN LAWS BACKFIRE

Australian laws have inadvertently led to the country's resurgent gun lobby building a massive campaign war-chest -- a bounty it is tipping into electoral contests.

A Guardian report today shows that more than half a million dollars was spent by pro-gun groups at the Queensland state election in order to tip the balance towards minor, pro-gun parties including One Nation and the Katter's Australian Party. The story examines a concern long held by anti-gun advocates: that by forcing gun owners to have a genuine reason to own a gun -- for instance, being a member of a shooting club -- Australia's laws bolster shooting club membership, effectively ensuring millions of dollars in fees end up with pro-gun groups.

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