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Firearms and violence in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 10

Duncan Chappell, Peter Grabosky, Paul Wilson, and Satyanshu Mukherjee
ISBN 0 642 13265 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 1988


This paper provides basic information on firearms and gun control. It presents statistics on the availability of firearms in Australia and their use in crimes of violence. It then examines the Canadian experience of introducing gun control measures and considers the role of law enforcement in the regulation and use of firearms. The authors comment on several specific proposals for gun control, including customs interdiction, security measures, limits on media portrayals of weapons use, and penalties for gun related offences.