oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Australian gun policies: models for consideration by South Africa
|Article Title||Australian gun policies: models for consideration by South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Affiliations||1 School of Law and Legal Practice, University of South Australia|
|Publication Date||Jan 1998|
|Pages||97 - 103|
|Keyword(s)||Accidental deaths, Australian police jurisdictions, British position, Distribution of firearms, Homicide, Homicides, Robbery, Semi-automatic weapons, Sexual assaults, Suicide and Tasmanian politicians|
On 28 April 1996 an alienated, 28 year old man of - some have said - low intellect took a couple of semi-automatic rifles to the Australian tourist village of Port Arthur and began firing, first in a crowded cafeteria, then in a car-park, then on a bus, and then at a gatehouse. By the time he had finished, 35 people had been killed, and scores of others were injured, physically and psychologically. Martin Bryant was captured after a 16 hour siege, was arraigned, finally pleaded guilty, and will spend the rest of his life in protective custody.
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