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Safer streets in SA start with tougher gun control: Australian Greens

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 31 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens will move to curb firearm-related deaths and violent crimes in South Australia by banning semi-automatic handguns in our communities.

“At the turn of the new year Adelaide was rife with gang-related violence, including drive-by shootings, which resulted in death and serious injury. It is unacceptable that 14 South Australians were shot in the first two months of this year alone,” Greens Senator for South Australia, Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“There was almost no change in South Australian gun crime rates from 2004 and 2012. It’s clear that handguns have picked up where other semi-automatic weapons left off after they were banned following the Port Arthur massacre.                                    

“Semi-automatic handguns are designed to kill and are the weapon of choice for those involved in crime at all levels in Adelaide.

“We will implement a 12-month amnesty and buyback scheme for handguns prohibited by our tighter gun control laws in conjunction with a national public education campaign. We will also implement a 12-month amnesty on already prohibited firearms.

“The Greens are standing up for South Australians. Parents shouldn’t have to fear that their children will witness a shooting in their own neighbourhood and our plan to get semi-automatic handguns off of the streets will make South Australia safer.”


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