After 20 years, Australia's gun control debate is igniting once again
After 20 years, Australia's gun control debate is igniting once again - While we’ve been basking in international acclamation over a policy we got right, the gun lobby has been quietly scratching away at the restrictions imposed by John Howard after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre
Mourners take a picture outside the Broad Arrow cafe at the Port Arthur historic site in the days after the Port Arthur massacre, when a lone gunman shot and killed 35 people at the site, 5 May 1996. SMH Picture by DALLAS KILPONEN
Australia's gun laws stopped mass shootings and reduced homicides, study finds
After the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, rapid-fire long guns were banned in Australia; a year later there was a mandatory buyback of prohibited firearms. In 2003, a handgun buyback program was introduced.