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Commission says Vic Premier fails community by refusing to ban handguns

The Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace yesterday accused Victorian Premier Steve Bracks of falling the community in the wake of the tragic shooting at Monash University last Monday.

The Commission says Bracks has avoided calling for a ban on handgun ownership and has offered second line soft options of "tightening licensing arrangement". It calls the Premier's options "half measures".

"He is not prepared to strongly support the community's wish that people don't want individuals storing deadly weapons in private homes," said Commission Executive Officer Marc Purcell. "Handguns potentially threaten all of us and the clearest way to minimise risk to our community is a ban on possession of guns by private citizens".

Purcell said Bracks' failure to ban handguns should be interpreted as "pandering to the shooting lobby" for the sake of winning votes in the forthcoming election.

"In the balance between community safety and an individuals right to pursue a sport with weapons that are potentially fatal to the public, the Government must come down in favour of the wider public good," he said.

Catholic Commission for Justice Development and Peace

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