Greens renew calls to take automatic pistols off market in Australia
Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown says the massacre at Virginia Tech rekindles the horror of Port Arthur.
"Our sympathy goes to the victims and relatives of victims of this senseless and preventable slaughter in the United States," Senator Brown said.
Senator Brown said the early reports of the use of handguns by the killer underscores the continuing need for review of gun laws in Australia. There are an estimated 250,000 handguns in Australia.
"Most people don't know that handguns, with magazines holding up to ten bullets, are not prohibited on the Australian market. They should be banned. In Australia, handguns are generally only available to members of approved pistol clubs and to gun collectors. The need for very restricted, tightly controlled use of handguns for sports shooting must not excuse these guns being more widely available within the community," Senator Brown said.
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