Get guns out of our sub­urbs

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - STEPHEN DRILL ANNIKA SMETHURST

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 is backed by vic­tims’ groups and se­nior po­lice, who have con­sid­ered gun club stor­age be­cause they are con­cerned about guns be­ing stolen from homes.

AMA pres­i­dent Michael Gan­non said gun clubs were the safest place to store weapons. “Farm­ers should be stor­ing weapons 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, which was set up to hon­our two sis­ters killed at Port Arthur, backed the push with chief ex­ec­u­tive Les­ley Podesta say­ing: “We have let in­di­vid­u­als stock­pile huge num­bers of firearms in sub­ur­ban ar­eas ... stor­ing firearms at gun clubs makes sense.”

There have also been ur­gent calls to fast track a re­al­time na­tional gun reg­is­ter, first pro­posed in 1996. In Fe­bru­ary, state lead­ers agreed to pro­vide “suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion” to cre­ate a na­tional sys­tem op­er­ated by the Aus­tralian Crim­i­nal In­tel­li­gence Com­mis­sion.

Ms Podesta said she was “at a loss” as to why the real-time reg­is­ter wasn’t op­er­at­ing yet.

Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Keenan said in­for­ma­tion is be­ing mi­grated to the new sys­tem but gov­ern­ment sources said the real-time reg­is­ter would not start un­til late 2018.

Co­ralee Lever’s hus­band, Den­nis, was mur­dered at Port Arthur which was the cou­ple’s first hol­i­day in 15 years. “There shouldn’t be guns in homes. Peo­ple feel guns give them power but it’s the wrong sort of power,” she said.

Sport­ing Shoot­ers’ spokes­woman Kate Fan­tinel said putting guns at clubs was im­prac­ti­cal.

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