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Victorian Police Minister Plans To Tighten Firearms Laws After Increase In Gun Crimes

Victorian Police Minister Wade Noonan has announced a tightening of gun-trafficking legislation after figures revealed less than a dozen people have been charged with the crime in recent years despite a proliferation of guns in the black market.

It comes as police have launched investigations into two shootings in as many days in the city’s inner north and outer south-west this week.

Crime Statistics Agency figures show that despite a doubling in firearms offences statewide in five years, only two people have been charged with selling or acquiring a traffickable quantity of guns since 2010, and only eight were charged with possessing a traffickable quantity.

Police privately say the legislation, which defines a traffickable quantity as 10 guns, is actually a hindrance to charging gun pushers.

Read more in SMH.

Source: www.smh.com.au

New New Jersey Gun Law Would Further Protect Domestic Violence Victims

For millions of Americans, the shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords in January 2011 put a human face on the issue of gun safety.

Whatever our political leanings, we cheered on the Arizona lawmaker as she struggled to overcome the ravages a gunman’s bullet inflicted on her brain four years ago.

Closer to home, two New Jersey legislators recounted their own stories in an emotional hearing Monday, before voting in favor of a law Giffords eloquently supported when she visited Trenton in March.

Read more on NJ.com.

Source: www.nj.com

N.J. Lawmakers Act To Toughen Gun Control Law In Domestic Violence Cases

New Jersey’s law on confiscating weapons from domestic violence offenders would be toughened under legislation that began moving through the state Assembly on Monday.

The Assembly Law & Public Safety committee voted 5-0 with 3 abstentions to approve the bill (A4218), which would require judges to order those convicted of a domestic violence offense to sell their guns to dealers or turn them over to law enforcement within 24 hours.

The hearing in Trenton was at times emotional, as two lawmakers recounted their own experiences with domestic violence when they were children. If you’re in Miami and are in need of lawyers, you could consider the legal counsel available here from Jimenez Legal.

Read the full story on NJ.com.

Source: www.nj.com

Texas ‘Open Carry’ Law Passes After Making Concessions To Law Enforcement

Texas lawmakers approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation’s second most populous state on Friday, sending the bill to the Republican governor, Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-civil war era. Gun owners would still have to get a license to carry a handgun in a visible holster.

The House gave final approval on a mostly party-line 102-43 vote. A short time later, the Senate passed it 20-11, also along party lines, with all Republicans supporting it and all Democrats opposing. Both did so after making concessions to law enforcement groups, who had been upset by an original provision in the bill barring police from questioning people carrying guns.

The final bill scrapped that language, meaning police will be able to ask Texans with handguns in plain sight if they have proper licenses to be carrying them.

Read the full story in the Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Police In Western New South Wales To Boycott Courts Unless They’re Allowed To Carry Guns

Western New South Wales police say they won’t be attending court unless they’re allowed to carry weapons into court. The Police association said criminals could sneak weapons into courts and police need to protect themselves and the public…

Source: www.abc.net.au

Ed: we’re seeing elements of “de-policing” in US, Australia, what’s next?

New Tasmanian Gun Laws Target Weapon Theft, Allow Paintball

New gun laws strengthening storage requirements and toughening the maximum penalty for theft have been passed in Tasmania’s Upper House.

Upcoming changes to the Firearms Act 1996 will allow the operation of paintball ranges and for members of the public to participate in paintball activities on the approved ranges, but these changes are not yet law.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Tasmanian Gun Owners Embrace Amnesty

About 60 – mostly unregistered – firearms as well as ammunition have been handed into police during the latest mobile gun amnesty.

Police headed to Kingston and Huonville over the weekend where a total of 59 firearms were passed in, with 42 of those guns unregistered.

Sergeant Peter May said the haul included 10 air rifles, 25 rifles, 21 shotguns and three handguns…

Source: www.themercury.com.au

Who Will Forgo Gun Training After New Kansas Law Takes Effect?

As of July 1, no training will be required for someone choosing to holster a hidden gun or shove one into a purse or backpack.

After that date, concealed-gun permits will be strictly voluntary in Kansas.

And no resident of the state wanting to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas will be subject to a state criminal background check so that law enforcement could determine whether they are even eligible to possess a firearm (Federal laws will still apply, requiring background checks for some gun purchases but not all).

Some see that as a dangerous mistake that could cost lives, either to trigger-happy vigilantes or to cops who shoot otherwise law-abiding people when those people accidentally point a gun at them.

But supporters of the changes think such concerns are unfounded. Read more for details…

Source: www.gctelegram.com

Second Amendment and Safety: can we make it work?