It appears that Sen. Bob Brown of the Australian Greens has regurgitated his semi-regular tirade against semi-automatic handguns, and again called for them to be banned.
His diatribe contains the usual lies and misrepresentations - for example, he claims that there are "300,000 legal hand machine guns in glove boxes around Australia” - and is, in essence, fact free. For reference, according to the government's own figures, there are 120,000 legally owned semi-automatic pistols in Australia. Machine guns are totally prohibited for civilian possession.
Legal ownership of hand-guns in Australia is predicated on either 1) occupation or 2) sporting use.
Being VERY familiar with the "sporting use" requirement, I can tell you that the would be purchaser of a handgun in Australia must:
1) be a member of an "approved" shooting club
2) have been a member for a minimum of six contiguous months
3) undergo a training course in firearms handling and saftey
4) be cleared by police after a background check
5) request and receive a "support letter" from the club
6) remain a member of a shooting club
7) regularly compete in shooting competitions with the handgun in question
Transport restrictions apply (essentially home to/from an approved range ONLY), and locked storage is required separately for firearm and ammunition.
Is it treasonous for Sen. Brown to use his elected postion to make the claims that he did despite KNOWING them to be false?