Originally Posted by spittinfire
Zhuk, you're laws really are mind bogling. Can you guys have semi auto rifles or is that too much fire power for one individual? I personally never could get into pump action rifles but if I were in your shoes, I'd be all over one.
Semi-autos? Nyet. Which with my enduring AK-fascination is pretty galling I have to say.
I haven't gone into this on the forum before, but a lil bit of background to the ban, so bear with me if you can:
, *semis/autos/pump-action shotguns/handguns with less than 5" barrels & more than 10rnd mags* were banned due to the 1996 Port Arthur massacre - where a young man with the mental age of 8yrs, 6 months total firearm experience, managed to kill 35 with 64 shots total, 19 of those victims in less than 20 secs all with perfect headshots fired from the hip, with an AR & FN. (Ha he should have been an Olympian!)
But a whole raft of very weird stuff went down...no coronial inquest or trial...no examining of crime scene evidence. Howard had the cafe where it happened razed to the ground 2 days later, as to leave it standing would have been "too painful for the families". What a crock. This guy was sentenced to life on the pretext of a "confession" and is not allowed any visitors...not even family...only the prison psych which is strange since he was assessed as sane to be able to sign a confession. Our assorted serial killers in Supermax don't have those sort of restrictions...the whole thing has a decidedly political stench. Check out this gem:
"There will never be uniform Gun Laws in Australia until we see a massacre somewhere in Tasmania"
- Barry Unsworth, NSW Premier, December, 1987 at a conference in Hobart.
^^Now why the f would anyone say that in 1987??
Port Arthur Massacre Setup - False flag to ban guns in Aus, page 1
Port Arthur Coverup by Ian McNiven - Information About The Deception & Coverup At Port Arthur | Love for Life
Just before I get off this soapbox, I gotta say: THIS kinda thing is why you guys in the US need to fight all you can to retain the rights you have. Fight the creeping forces which threaten to disarm you. We have never
had any 'right' to own/use firearms in the first place (it is considerd a 'privilege' conferred by the Police Commissioner, not a 'right).
So you really need to be vigilant, guys. I can't stress this enough...
OK, phew. What was your question again, spitty? Oh yeah
So it's bolt or pump action rifles only. But not shotguns. Makes no damn sense at all...but then our stupid laws were never designed to. It was all purely a political excercise by that well-known hoplophobe (thanks to CA for that term!), John effing Howard.
Not that the majority minded in the slightest; anti-gun kool-aid runs strong in the population's veins here