“We need to tighten up the legislation so that we have the minimum number of legal guns. The more guns there are in the community, the greater the risk of misuse.”

mercury.com.au reports that The Tasmanian Firearms Act 1996 is under review. “Recommended changes would allow children as young as 12 to shoot in open fields and make it easier for people to own pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns. Many of the reform recommendations have been made by government departments, gun owner groups and farmers.” This does not please the chairman of the National Coalition for Gun Control. “I think the number of incidents and thefts and anecdotal evidence shows that Tasmania is again facing a gun problem,” Roland Browne [not shown] told the press. “We need to tighten up the legislation so that we have the minimum number of legal guns. The more guns there are in the community, the greater the risk of misuse.” So the fewer guns in a community, the less the risk of misuse. Which is far more important than hunting, self-defense, protection against government tyranny or anything else. I guess.