Get guns out of the suburbs, say docs
DOCTORS want sporting shooters to store weapons at gun clubs instead of their homes in one of the biggest shake ups of gun laws since the Port Arthur massacre.
The Australian Medical Association has called on politicians to overhaul gun laws, showing the leadership that John Howard did following Martin Bryant’s mass killing.
Victims groups have warned there are stockpiles of guns in suburban areas and the Sunday Mail understands authorities have considered gun club storage, concerned about criminals stealing guns from legitimate owners to use in crimes.
The call comes just days after the Las Vegas shooting, where crazed gunman Stephen Paddock killed 58 concertgoers.
AMA president Michael Gannon said gun clubs were the safest place to store weapons. “Farmers should be storing weapons securely on their property but there’s no reason a sporting shooter in a metropolitan area needs to keep a gun at home,” he said.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, set up to honour three victims of Port Arthur said taking guns out of the home would improve safety.
“We have let individuals stockpile huge numbers of firearms in suburban areas ... storing firearms at gun clubs makes sense,” its chief executive Lesley Podesta said.
There has also been calls to fast track a real-time national gun register, which government sources have told the Sunday Mail would not be operational until late 2018.
South Australia Police Minister Chris Picton said: “The possession and use of firearms is a privilege conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety.”
Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia spokeswoman Kate Fantinel said putting guns at clubs would mean the clubs “essentially become a supermarket for guns”.