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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3575

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That they oppose the proposed control of firearms by recording of ownership because it means that they must submit to a degrading process of seeking references as to their mental health and supply reasons as to why they should be allowed the favour of possession of a sporting firearm.

That decent people will be put to great inconvenience and expense merely to get their name, address and phone number recorded and that such controls will affect the personal liberties of more than 20 per cent of the voting public.

That they see crime as a social problem and not an equipment problem and that the way to reduce the armed crime rate is to give mandatory eight year jail terms for use of guns in crime and not through registration of firearms.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the House of Representatives urge the Government not to introduce laws which will control the ownership of firearms by registration. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Erwin.

Petition received.

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