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Gun crime is up in Australia. Travelers need to be aware that crime overall in the country is rising.

An article by Chris W. Cox p0ints out the myths after the highly touted law that was meant to stop mass shootings.

Australian media is filled with stories lamenting the criminal misuse of firearms. A 2016 article from The Age, titled, “Young, Dumb and Armed: How Melbourne Became a Gun City,” suggests that despite the country’s severe restrictions, violent criminals have little trouble acquiring firearms. The paper reported, “criminals are now better armed than at any time since then-Prime Minister John Howard introduced a nationwide firearm buyback scheme in response to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.”

From July 1 to September 30, Australia held the 2017 National Firearms Amnesty. Under the program, those in illegal possession of a firearm could surrender the gun to law enforcement, or, if the firearm was eligible for lawful possession, register the firearm or sell it through a dealer. In a press release announcing the amnesty, the government acknowledged, “While Australia has some of the strongest firearm controls in the world, illicit firearms remain the weapon of choice for criminals.” A 2016 report estimated that there were 260,000 firearms in Australia’s black market; another estimate has placed that number at roughly 600,000.



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