Let’s copy Australia’s brilliant example – or move there…
Australia passes gun control laws in wake of 1996 mass shooting. Since the law went into effect, only one mass shooting has occurred in Australia — a 2014 incident where a farmer shot his wife and three children before killing himself, according to The Associated Press.
Legislators in Australia sprang into action to reform the country’s gun laws in 1996 after 35 people were killed and 23 injured in the Port Arthur massacre — the country’s deadliest mass shooting.
Despite Australia’s long history of hunting and sport, the National Firearms Agreement was passed just weeks after the shooting. The new law instated a national firearm registry and a 28-day waiting period for gun sales, and tightened firearm licensing rules, BBC News reported. It also requires that potential gun owners pass a thorough background check and present a “justifiable reason” for owning a gun.
The agreement also included tougher legislation to restrict rapid-fire weapons from public ownership as well as a provision for a temporary gun buyback program of the newly outlawed guns.