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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Australia Turn-In Fails To Impact Illegal Gun Ownership

The National Firearms Amnesty Program currently underway in Australia, which ostensibly operates with the aim of taking illegally possessed guns off the streets, is producing predictable results—a trickle of guns, most of which were lawfully owned in the first place.

NRA-ILA reports that the turn-in program has netted about 12,500 guns, while estimates of the number of illegal firearms in the country range from 260,000 to 600,000. Anecdotal evidence suggests that only a tiny percentage of the guns turned in have been handguns—the type of gun favored by criminals—and that a large proportion of them have been unwanted guns that people inherited from relatives.

Thanks to the involvement of the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA), participants in the program also have the option of registering guns that they are legally eligible to possess or selling them through a licensed firearms dealer.