Brendon Nelson & Howard’s Gun Laws

Brendon Nelson: (from The Sun-Herald, Sydney August 30th, 2009.)

“After the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, the new prime minister John Howard fronted our Liberal Party meeting. More than a few were opposed to gun control. Howard said this: “What I am about to do is contrary to everything I’ve ever believed. We are going to have to pass laws to control the lives of people who have never done anything wrong and never will. Many are our supporters. The Commonwealth is going to tell the States what to do -legislatively if necessary. But never in my 23 years in public life have I been more convinced that this is the right thing to do.”

The legacy of the unpopular Howard gun laws is more than a billion dollars wasted on crushing the guns of “people who have never done anything wrong and never will”, while leaving the criminals with theirs.  A thriving black market in stolen guns. No change in violent crime.

A million Liberal votes were lost in the following Federal election (1998) and Howard almost became a one-term PM.

Every State and Territory in 1996 had a Liberal or (in Queensland) National Party government, except NSW (Labor). At each subsequent State election the Liberals (and Nationals in Qld) were voted out. (“Many are our supporters”).

In NSW the Labor government increased its majority.

Numerous Liberal party branches closed and in NSW (and several other States) the Liberal Party switched leaders so many times and became so factionalised that they may never again win the confidence of voters.

As an ex-Liberal party supporter I recommend all shooters maintain the rage and not elect a Liberal government unless they publicly denounce Howard’s monumental mistake.


11 Responses to Brendon Nelson & Howard’s Gun Laws

  1. Greg Fraser says:

    I am a current Police Officer with the Northern Territory Police Force.

    I am aware that the Northern Territory Police Force, in both Alice Springs and Palmerston Stations (Palmerston is 20km south of Darwin) (possibly other stations however I have been unable to confirm this) store their firearms and ammunition together, in breach of the relevant NT legislation and Commonwealth guidelines and policies relating to the safe storage requirements of firearms. In raising this issue with the various organisations I have considered the exemptions that apply in the NT legislation to Police in the execution of their duties and believe no such exemption exists for Police in relation to the safe storage of their firearms.
    Contrary to section 46 of the Firearms Act (NT) and section 22(c) of the Firearms Regulations (NT), the Northern Territory Police Force does not store firearms in facilities which comply with the safe storage requirements under law and have knowingly failed to provide such facilities for an extended period of time (several years), putting both their members and the general public at risk of harm.

    As I have indicated above, this is an issue I am extremely passionate about however cannot personally raise with the NT Police or Government for fear of losing my job.

  2. pete2whelan says:

    Greg, Good to hear from an honest and concerned Police Officer. Here in NSW the problem seems to be glocks going “missing” from police. Oh and of course all the longarms handed in during the buy back which were kept by police for their own private use and/or on-sold to crims.
    However, the Liberals still don’t get it. Many of them still believe the Howard Gun Laws were the best thing they ever did.

  3. I am from the U.S. and we are beset with liberal politicians who would gladly take our firearms away from us in their grab for power. Gun control has nothing to do with fighting crime, because it only disarms the law abiding. Gun control is about a blatant grab for power, for control of the citizenry. If they can take away our firearms then there is nothing they cannot take since the citizenry are defenseless. You are defenseless against your own governments abuses and also any criminal with a weapon or who is stronger than you.

    I have a question. Did the labor party give any type promise to do away with the ban?

    • Barry Cockinos says:

      Thank God that you still have the right to self defence in thje US whereas here in Australia if you or any of your family are attacked and you successfully defend them from the criminal scum you most certainly will find yourself charged with affrey and become a victim of our legal system that benifits the Legal Proffession and no one else.

      Where is democracy gone?

  4. chris boehm says:

    John Howard will never admit that it was an orchestrated event and that time has proven him wrong, and the Liberal Party carries the lie, any how its a growth industry now a lot of people owe their careers to gun control, just ask the coalition for gun control and the united Nations

  5. Bletchley says:


    I’m looking for some feedback on the following question/comment: Do you think there’s any chance at all in the foreseeable future that somewhere in Oz, a government might significantly roll back registration requirements for the purchase of firearms and ammunition?If the will were there, prosecution guidelines could be established by which no prosecution would be brought for unregistered firearms or ammunition use or purchase if the relevant individuals had no violent criminal history or were not involved in a violent crime. This would not require formal legislation and could be done with a word from a State Premier to the State Police Commissioner.
    In such a situation, a gunshop owner would not face prosecution selling to people who do not show a license unless there was reasonable grounds to believe they were about to commit a violent crime. Discretion would remain with the shop owner-basically, if it looked like someone was off their tree you wouldn’t sell anything to thing. Similarly, if a registered gun owner allowed a friend to use his/her gun, or bought a gun or ammunition for a friend, the gun-owner would not be prosecuted unless it could be argued the gun-owner should have had a reasonable doubt as to the character of the friend.

    Changing prosecution guidelines in this way would be a big step back towards some sort of firearms freedom. It seems to me it could be done very easily by any government interested in doing so-there’s the rub, unfortunately.

    What do you think?

  6. Jason says:

    In regards to what Brendan Nelson said, I find what he said hard to swallow because John Howard was (and still is) a staunch anti-gunner. Howard had a desire to ban and restrict the legal ownership of semi-automatic longarms and pump-action shotguns as far back as 1995 when he was Opposition Leader. When the Port Arthur massacre occurred, he used the aftermath of this tragic event to sate his hatred of firearms, legal gun ownership and law-abiding firearm owners. Don’t forget that he didn’t see us as “mainstream Australians” and has said on multiple occasions that he saw legal gun ownewrship as an “American cultural import/disease”.

    • Billy says:

      The pillow-talk in the Howard matrimonial bed has a lot to do with his ‘position’ – his father in law doffed himself with a pistol or so the urban myth goes. Johnny H had no anti position in his own mind, but that was influenced by someone close to him other than Brendan and the party room.

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