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MAIL ORDER GUN SALE BAN URGED GERRY JONES

SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT WHIP

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MAIL-ORDER trafficking of guns between States should be banned as a matter of urgency, Senator Gerry Jones (ALP, Queensland) said today. ' — ' ’

"The Queensland Government should lead the way and press for the ban as part of a nation-wide review of gun control

measures," he said.

"Gun lobbyists have used the recent incidents of home invasion to create public concern and push their self-interests for the relaxation of gun laws.

"They are talking through their own hip pocket - they would gain financially if they could sell more guns.

"The facts are that most serious crimes in Australia are not on the rise.

"This is backed up by figures gathered by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

"The Institute has found that the use of firearms in suicides and accidents outnumber murders by more than six to one."

Senator Jones was commenting after raising the issue of uniform gun controls in a question in the Senate this

afternoon.

A meeting of police ministers from all States agreed at a meeting in Hobart last week to set up a working party to

discuss uniform gun laws.

The working party, to consider laws relating to licensing, mail orders, registration of hand-guns, training and storage, is scheduled to report to a police ministers meeting in November.

Queensland Police Minister Paul Braddy has said he would work with other States on the issue. . . .2

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Senator Jones urged Mr Braddy to push for a nation-wide agreement on the abolition of mail-order sale of guns across State boundaries.

"At the moment, all a person has to do is provide evidence that they are over the age of 18 years and say that they will comply with their State laws," he said.

"This iniquitous loop-hole, which enables the gun lobby to peddle their instruments of death, must be closed as a matter of urgency.

"It is a loop-hole through which they pander to their greed without facing retribution for any possible consequences of their actions.

"The gun lobby claims a bill of rights written more than 400 years gives Australians the right to bear arms.

"That claim is absolutely ridiculous and, more to the point, untrue; the Australian Constitution does not give people the right to bear arms.

"The concept that people can own guns and form their own militias is horrendous - one step short of anarchy.

"Responsible, effective and uniform laws to control gun ownership should be made a priority by all State governments," Senator Jones said.

For further information;

Senator Gerry Jones (06) 277-3404.

Ian Ross Press Officer. Wednesday, May 31. 1995. Ends.