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Refer gun control at the same time as gangs

"If the Prime Minister is serious about tackling violent crime, then she should get tough on gun control" Australian Greens leader Christine Milne said today while commenting on the Commonwealth referral of powers.

"The Commonwealth referral of powers relating to gangs that the Prime Minister announced today should extend to guns.

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Semi-automatic hand guns should be banned: Greens

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has called on the Prime Minister to tighten Australian gun control laws following the Newtown massacre in the United States.

"The Prime Minister needs to finish the job John Howard began after Port Arthur," Senator Milne said.

Following tri-partisan cooperation led by the Greens in Tasmania, John Howard helped ban semi-automatic rifles. However semi-automatic hand guns remained.

"Hands guns like the ones reported to be carried by the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, are available in Australia.

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Make it harder, not easier to get guns

The move by the Queensland Government to ease gun-licensing laws is very concerning and should it go ahead, will put public safety at risk, the Australian Greens said today.

 "If anything, we should make it harder for people to get their hands on firearms, not easier," Greens spokesperson for legal affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said.

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Major parties baulk at national gun reform, fail to condemn shooting in NSW national parks

 In the shadow of legislation passed in the NSW Upper House which allows recreational hunters to shoot feral animals in designated national parks and reserves, Labor and the Coalition parties today voted against a Greens Senate motion condemning this move and calling on the Attorney General to strengthen national gun laws.

The motion below was moved by Greens Senators Penny Wright and Lee Rhiannon.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said strengthening uniform gun laws would help increase public safety.

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Federal firearm reform needed to reign in NSW gun culture: Greens

The Australian Greens will today call on Attorney-General Nicola Roxon to get on with the job that former Prime Minister John Howard started and tighten uniform national gun laws, in response to the O'Farrell government's deal making with the Shooters Party and today's ongoing debate of legislation allowing recreational hunters into 79 national parks and reserves.

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