In 2015, the importation of the Adler A110 lever-action rifle into Australia sparked controversy. The barrel itself could hold up to 7 + 1 rounds (possible 10 + 1) in its magazine, a relatively high capacity for a shotgun and its ability to fire relatively fast follow-up shots as a lever weapon. However, the problem with the Adler A110 that caused the most controversy was that it was a Class A firearm, making it accessible to almost all licensed shooters.  This led to an import ban on A110 shotguns with a capacity of more than 5 rounds of ammunition (up to 5 rounds of ammunition were still authorized for importation). Leveraged shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds were subsequently classified as Class D firearms.  In New South Wales, handguns were effectively banned after World War II, but the 1956 Melbourne Olympics sparked a new interest in pistol shooting and laws were changed to allow the sport to flourish. Shooting clubs have existed in Australia since the mid-19th century. Their primary concern is to protect the viability of hunting, gathering and shooting sports. Australian shooters are constantly threatened by increasingly restrictive legislation. They argue that they have been scapegoated by politicians, the media and anti-gun activists for the actions of criminals who typically use illegal firearms.
Their researchers found little evidence that increasing restrictions have improved public safety, despite high costs and strict regulatory barriers imposed on shooters in Australia.   Some antique firearms (typically muzzle-loading black powder flintlock rifles manufactured before January 1, 1901) may be legally possessed without a license in some states.  In other countries, they are subject to the same requirements as modern firearms.  There have been three amnesties for firearms in New South Wales: in 2001, 2003 and 2009. 63,000 handguns were handed over in the first two amnesties and more than 4,323 handguns in the third amnesty. During the third amnesty, 21,615 firearms registrations were registered by the Firearms Registry. The surrendered firearms were all destroyed.  The 2003 amendments included an option for sport shooters holding a handgun licence to forcibly acquire all handguns (including those not prohibited by the 2003 amendments) if they voluntarily surrender their Class H (handgun) licence for a period of five years.  In Australia, we don`t want guns to protect our homes. This idea is ridiculous. When I was young, I had guns under my bed.
One day I was homesick and I was going to the bathroom when I saw this guy at the front door turn on a flashlight. I thought: I could have the gun; And then I thought, I`m just going to turn on the light and he`s going to run away, which is exactly what he did. Why would you shoot someone? Category D, for semi-automatic weapons and rifles, is reserved for professional shooters: you must have a registered business and prove that you earn income by shooting. When then Prime Minister John Howard proposed gun legislation, I marched against her like everyone else. But now I fully support what he has done. I didn`t like to hand over my guns, but at the end of the day, it`s a small price to pay if the crazy people don`t run into malls and slaughter innocent people. States issue firearms licenses for a legal reason, such as hunting, sport shooting, pest control, gathering, and for farmers and farm workers. Licences must be renewed every 3 or 5 years (or 10 years in the Northern Territory and South Australia). Full licence holders must be 18 years of age. The number of stolen weapons increased from an average of 4,195 per year from 1994 to 2000 to 1,526 in 2006-2007.
Long guns are more often stolen opportunistically during residential burglaries, but few homes have them and a significant proportion of stolen handguns are stolen by security and other businesses; Only a small proportion, 0.06% of licensed firearms, are stolen in any given year. A small proportion of these firearms were reportedly seized. Approximately 3% of these stolen weapons are subsequently linked to a real crime or found in the possession of someone charged with a serious crime.  From 2011 to 2012, pistols and semi-automatic pistols were traded on the black market for ten to twenty thousand dollars.  In August 2015, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Police Secretary Troy Grant announced tighter bail and illegal firearms laws, creating a new offence for possession of a stolen firearm punishable by up to 14 years in prison and introducing a system for investigating and rewarding illegal firearms. This amendment also introduced measures to reduce illegal firearms in New South Wales, including a ban on possessing digital blueprints to make firearms with 3D printers and milling machines for anyone without a proper licence.  Premier John Howard lobbied states to adopt proposals made in a 1988 report of the National Committee on Violence on the Gun Act known as the National Firearms Agreement, which led to the non-binding National Firearms Agreement (NFA) between the Commonwealth and states and territories. since the Constitution of Australia does not give direct powers to the Commonwealth. Enact gun laws. In the face of some government opposition, Howard threatened to hold a national referendum to amend the Australian constitution to give the Commonwealth constitutional power over arms.
 The National Firearms Convention included a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and shotguns and shotguns, as well as a licensing and property control system. One of the biggest changes is that the government introduced different types of firearms for different classes of guns and decided that everyone needed different licences. Here`s pretty much how it works: In 1981, after reviewing Australian and other data at the time, Richard Harding stated that “whatever arguments are made for restricting or regulating private gun ownership, suicidal tendencies are not among them.  He cited a 1968 international analysis of twenty developed countries: “Cultural factors appear to influence suicide rates much more than the availability and use of firearms. As a result, suicide rates do not appear to be easily affected when firearms become less accessible. However, in 1985, Harding later supported laws restricting gun ownership in New South Wales and said legislation that helped slow the growth of Australia`s gun stock should be welcomed.  In a press release issued in late 2005, Roland Browne, as co-chair of the NCGC, advocated for new restrictions on small arms.   From 1984 to 1996, several murders caused public concern. The Milperra massacre in 1984 was a major incident in a series of conflicts between various “outlaw motorcycle gangs”.
In 1987, the Hoddle Street Massacre and the Queen Street Massacre took place in Melbourne. In response, several states have required the registration of all weapons and restricted the availability of self-loading rifles and shotguns. During the Strathfield massacre in New South Wales in 1991, two people were killed with a knife and five others with a gun. Tasmania passed a firearms purchase law in 1991 to obtain a licence, although enforcement has been weak. Gun laws in Tasmania and Queensland have remained relatively lax for long guns. Australia is a big country. You can go hunting, you can go shooting. And as long as you don`t hurt anyone and respect the law, you can continue to do so.
For me, it`s freedom. The idea that people own guns without any notion of gun safety and without any reason to have a gun? That`s not my idea of freedom. Not all criminal complaints are disqualifying. Only certain charges, such as being listed as a respondent in a domestic violence order, prevent you from obtaining a firearms licence. If you have ever been charged with illegal possession of firearms, you can say goodbye to your chances of getting a licence. Some states, firearms that “substantially reproduce [military rifles] in design, function or appearance.”   This implies that any firearm, regardless of the mechanical nature of its action, can be classified as category D or prohibited if it outwardly resembles an assault rifle, and forms the basis for the arbitrary illegality of average civilians who possess “counterfeit firearms” such as airsoft guns and similar replicas. As in 1996, the government, states and Commonwealth territories agreed on a series of legislative amendments known as the National Handgun Control Agreement (2002), which led to the National Handgun Buy Bill 2003, which provided the Commonwealth with funds for the forced acquisition of handguns that did not meet certain technical criteria. These amendments were adopted by state and territory legislatures in 2003.  The changes included a magazine capacity of 10 rounds, a caliber limit of up to 0.38 inches (9.65 mm) (since expanded according to certain criteria), a barrel length limit of at least 120 mm (4.72 inches) for semi-automatic pistols and 100 mm (3.94 inches) for revolvers, and new probation and attendance requirements for handgun sport shooters. Although handguns for sport shooters are nominally limited to 0.38 inches as the maximum alkaline, it is possible to obtain a special note or permit that allows the purchase and use of pistols with a maximum caliber of 0.45 inches (11.43 mm) for metal silhouette shooting or single-action shooting.  As of October 2016, there were an estimated 260,000 unregistered firearms in Australia, 250,000 long guns and 10,000 handguns, most of them in the hands of organized crime groups and other criminals.
 There are 3 million registered firearms in Australia. In Howard Lazarus Rising`s autobiography: A Personal and Political Autobiography, Howard expressed his support for the anti-gun cause and his desire to introduce restrictive gun laws long before he became prime minister. .