27 May 2016 – The Combined Firearms Council of the Australian state of Victoria is calling for that country’s .22 semi-auto ban to be repealed.
According to the Australian Weekly Times, council president Bill Paterson said: “We are saying it should be reviewed — they are a pest-mitigation gun and if you look through the history, you do not find people using .22s as assault guns. They are more of a tool.”
The council said it has written to the local police commissioner and will now be raising the matter with the Justice Department and looking for support from local politicians.
Australia’s firearms laws are particularly restrictive after a nationwide knee-jerk reaction to the Port Arthur murders, when 35 people were killed by a mentally subnormal man who obtained a self-loading rifle. Australia responded by banning semi-auto rifles, semi-auto shotguns and pump action shotguns.