As further proof that Australia’s restrictive gun laws haven’t negatively affected criminals—only law-abiding gun owners—the Australian government is offering another firearms amnesty program.
Despite offering no compensation for surrendered firearms, government officials hope that the plan will net 260,000 of an estimated 600,000 illegally possessed guns.
Interestingly, according to a report at nraila.org, from 1987 to 2015 there were 41 (38 state and 3 federal) firearm amnesties of various durations in Australia. And researchers calculate the total number of firearms turned in to various authorities over that period at about 1.1 million. In light of these facts, another gun amnesty just shows how ineffective gun laws are at keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.
PA Democrat Pushing Restrictive Gun Registration Bill
A Pennsylvania state legislator is pushing a measure that would require gun owners to register every gun they own now and purchase in the future.
According to a report at lancasteronline.com, Democrat state Rep. Angel Cruz’s measure, House Bill 510, states: “No person within this Commonwealth may possess, harbor, have under the person's control, transfer, offer for sale, sell, give, deliver or accept a firearm unless the person is the holder of a valid registration certificate for the firearm.”
The measure would also require a photo ID specifically for gun ownership; fingerprinting of every gun owner; separate, state-issued, $10 certificates for every gun owned by an individual; annual renewal of gun registrations; and all guns to be unloaded and disabled, unless in the immediate possession of the owner.
Third Time Not A Charm For Memphis Burglar
They say the third time’s a charm, but that didn’t hold true for a Memphis man who broke into three different homes one night last week.
According to a report in localmemphis.com, 28-year-old Emmanuel Lane broke into two homes early Tuesday morning, yelling and then leaving. In the third home, a resident who was awakened by Lane standing inside his front door, screaming, then putting his hands near his jacket, shot Lane one time, putting an end to the intrusion.
Another man inside the home hit Lane with his handgun to stop him from leaving, but he escaped before police arrived. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, and charges are pending.