Title

Submission to the Senate Inquiry- The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community - Submission 392

Date of this Version

2015

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Details

Goldsworthy, T. J. (2015). Submission to the Senate Inquiry- The ability of Australian law enforcement authorities to eliminate gun-related violence in the community - Submission 392. Australian Federal Parliament: Canberra.

Access the website

© Copyright, The Author, 2015

Abstract

In response to a request from the chair of the committee the following submissions provide Dr. Goldsworthy’s responses as they relate to each term of reference.

  1. the estimated number, distribution and lethality of illegal guns, including both outlawed and stolen guns, in Australia
  2. the operation and consequences of the illicit firearms trade, including both outlawed and stolen guns within Australia
  3. the adequacy of current laws and resourcing to enable law enforcement authorities to respond to technological advances in gun technology, including firearms made from parts which have been imported separately or covertly to avoid detection, and firearms made with the use of 3D printers
  4. the extent to which the number and types of guns stolen each year in Australia increase the risk posed to the safety of police and the community, including the proportion of gun-related crime involving legal firearms which are illegally held
  5. the effect banning semi-automatic handguns would have on the number of illegally held firearms in Australia
  6. stricter storage requirements and the use of electronic alarm systems for guns stored in homes
  7. the extent to which there exist anomalies in federal, state and territory laws regarding the ownership, sale, storage and transit across state boundaries of legal firearms, and how these laws relate to one another