Australia Gun Culture Part 14: Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party
By Dean Weingarten
Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- Extremely restrictive firearms laws were imposed on the Australian population in 1996, after the Port Arthur Massacre.
The Australian gun culture is fighting to restore some sanity to firearm law down under. One of the clampdowns put in place in 1996, was to make ownership of .22 rimfire semi-auto rifles so restricted as to be an effective ban.
The combined firearms council of Victoria is calling for the return of their bunny guns. From firearmscouncil.org.au:
The state’s peak political body for Victoria’s shooting organisations is calling on the state government to allow shooters to use 22 self-loading rifles after a 20 year ban.
The Combined Firearms Council of Victoria says it has written to the Premier urging him to reconsider the state’s position in light of shooters’ concerns.
Council President, Bill Paterson, said the move would be entirely reasonable, arguing 22 rifles are in reality, “bunny guns”, and bore no resemblance to military style rifles of the type which led to the ban in 1996.
“For a start the 22 rifle has significantly less firepower than what you find with larger calibres, and it has a very practical use,” he said.
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