MYTH: Gun Amnesties reduce the likelihood of gun crime
MYTH: Further gun regulation will reduce criminal use of firearms
MYTH: More legally owned guns will lead to more gun-related deaths
MYTH: Licensed gun owners are responsible for gun violence
MYTH: Firearms cause more deaths each year than other weapons
MYTH: The 1996-gun laws were responsible for the decline in Australia’s gun-related homicides
MYTH: The registration of firearms reduces gun-related homicides
Comparing Australia, Canada and New Zealand’s firearm homicide rates, the study found these all declined between 1990 and 2010, even though both Canada and NZ allow semi-automatic firearms that were banned here in 1996.
It also found registration of guns does not explain declining rates of shooting homicides, given the vast majority of shooting homicides, involved unregistered guns (90 per cent in Australia, 80 percent in Canada). Canada abandoned long-arm registration in 2015 (citing a lack of benefit to public safety) after spending about $5 billion over 15 years implementing their system.
NZ also dumped the long-arm registration after more than 40 years for the same reasons as Canada, yet it has the lowest gun homicide rate. The research instead found socioeconomic disadvantage and the illegal drug trade played a greater role in gun homicide rates, as opposed to tighter gun controls, which did not influence criminals who committed gun violence. Given firearm registration across Australia costs an estimated $80 million each year in administration costs, Government would be better off investing this money in police resources to fight crime.
MYTH: Most guns used in crime are stolen from registered firearm owners
MYTH: Licenced Shooters are not properly trained
MYTH: All guns are designed to kill people
Law-abiding firearm owners include sporting shooters, farmers, feral animal pet controllers and hunters.
As for their guns, many sporting shooters’ firearms are designed specifically for target shooting, use relatively low-velocity ammunition and are not easily concealed.