We need to repeal this law, this was put in place as a kneejerk reaction to a horrific situation but was not thought out or correctly targeted and it has not been effective. This ban removed the legal ownership of handguns, which affected approximately 57,000 people (0.1% of population) who legally owned these weapons. This has stopped all recreational shooting to such an extent that we have the frankly ludicrous situation where it is illegal to practice the widely respected sport of target shooting to such an extent that we have had to pass an amendment to let this Olympic event go ahead in 2012.

Stopping legal ownership of handguns has not effected criminal ownership of these weapons, it has only stopped legal sports use of these.

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