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All or nothing: the legal dilemma of identifying a firearm in Australia

Diprose Adams, SHG 2020 , 'All or nothing: the legal dilemma of identifying a firearm in Australia' , University of Western Australia Law Review, vol. 47, no. 2 , pp. 376-408 .

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Abstract

There are considerable policy and legal uncertainties around what constitutes afirearm in Australia. These uncertainties are exacerbated by new technologies suchas 3D printing. This article traces the origins and developments of the dilemma facedwhen trying to identify what constitutes a firearm under various statutorydefinitions. At its core is the question of whether a firearm is the sum of eachindividual part at a given point in time. This article is the first to identify the originsand characteristics of the dilemma and serves as a resource to assist courts,practitioners, and law enforcement in their efforts to identify whether an object is afirearm. If society is to maintain confidence in the ability of institutions to regulatefirearms and to regulate them consistently across jurisdictions there needs to be abroader understanding of, and conversation around, the definition of a firearm.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Diprose Adams, SHG
Keywords: firearms, guns, gun control, firearms act, statutory interpretation, firearm parts
Journal or Publication Title: University of Western Australia Law Review
Publisher: UWA
ISSN: 0042-0328
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Copyright 2020 the author

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