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Transcript 10026

Gun Control

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

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Release Date: 14/06/1996

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 10026

GUN CONTROL

The heads of Government around Australia today all agreed to move
quickly to implement tougher gun laws throughout the Nation.

The Premiers agreed to move expeditiously to implement in full the
resolutions from the Australasian Polie Ministers' Council in May.

The first part of a public information campaign begins in the media
tomorrow with advertisements outlining which weapons are to be banned,
which ones will be restricted in their use and which ones will not be
touched. This information campaign will continue for some time.

The Commonwealth, State and Territory leaders are determined to take the agreed steps to ensure that Australia becomes a safer country.

The resolution on gun control which was based on today's COAG meeting
was as follows:

All jurisdictions would continue to move expeditiously to implement in ful the resolutions by the Australasian Police Ministers' Council on 10 May 1996 on firearms control, including a twelve month amnesty and compensation scheme to encourage surrender of licensed and unlicensed
firearms and the establishment of a system for the effective nationwide registration of all firearms.

14 June 1996

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