The random shooting death of Melbourne baseball starChristopher Lane in the US has sparked blatant politicking by the Australian Greens.
Even though the killers were unlicensed, had used an illegalgun and the incident occurred in the United States, Greens Law and Orderspokeswoman Sue Pennicuik has found a way to turn it into a Greens grab for Australianvotes by using it to promote their gun buyback scheme.
She reportedly said Lane’s death proved Australia should bestricter on firearm control by banning all semi-automatic handguns.
“There are a lot more handguns circulating in Australiathan there used to be,” she said.
“There’s no need for anybody to have a semi-automatichandgun. So why are they allowed to be imported and sold?”
In a report on www.news.com.au, Combined Firearms Council ofVictoria chair Bill Paterson said there was no need to further tightenAustralia’s gun laws in the wake of Christopher Lane’s tragic death, as theywere leagues ahead of US laws.
“To get a handgun in Australia is remarkably different(to America),” he said.
“In Australia you have to be a member of a club, youhave to have the handgun secured at all times. It is far too easy to come by agun in America.”
Meanwhile, Gun Control Australia chair Roland Browne saidAustralia needed tougher storage requirements for guns to combat growingfirearm thefts.
Mr Browne said the current requirements, which dictate thatguns must be stored in hard wood or steel container which must be locked andbolted to the wall or floor, did not adequately prevent guns being stolen forcriminal use.
“Up to 2000 guns are stolen in Australia eachyear,” he said.
“We need tougher, stronger requirements, includingback-to-base alarm systems.”
Mr Browne’s comments do not recognise the issue of law-abidingfirearms owners details made readily available to criminals through slipshodpolice administration and corruption.
On Sunday, police in the west of NSW reported two separateincidents that were reported at similar times where firearms had been stolenfrom secure firearms storage safes.
Police are advising the local community to be on the lookoutfor anyone attempting to sell or dispose of Stirling, Remington, Lithgow,Springfield or Jungle Carbine firearms.
It’s believed criminals have access to the details of allNSW LAFOs and these properties were targeted as a result.