The Australian Gun Control Experiment

Those who have not yet read my previous article about cross-cultural comparisons should do so prior to looking at the Australian experience:

When discussing gun laws, supporters of further restrictions have a tendency to point to other nations as examples for why gun control works. As was established in The Folly of Cross-Cultural Comparisons, this paints a woefully incomplete picture of the issue. That said, one of the token nations for the gun control effort continues to be Australia.

Following the 1996 Port Arthur shooting, the Australian government moved quickly to impose a sweeping set of new gun laws aimed at removing virtually all popular long arms from civilian possession. As part of the 1996 National Firearms Act, the Australian government raised A$500 million in its efforts to “buy back” more than 631,000 firearms that had been legally held by civilian gun owners. Despite the fact that the…

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