Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series Database (1984 - 2010)

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 17/2008

The Australian Firearms Buyback and Its Effect on Gun Deaths


Wang-Sheng Lee and Sandy Suardi

Date: August 2008

Abstract: The 1996-97 National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in Australia introduced strict gun laws, primarily as a reaction to the mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996, where 35 people were killed. Despite the fact that several researchers using the same data have examined the impact of the NFA on firearm deaths, a consensus does not appear to have been reached. In this paper, we re-analyze the same data on firearm deaths used in previous research, using tests for unknown structural breaks as a means to identifying impacts of the NFA. The results of these tests suggest that the NFA did not have any large effects on reducing firearm homicide or suicide rates.


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