The random shooting death of Melbourne baseball star Christopher Lane in the US has sparked blatant politicking by the Australian Greens.
Even though the killers were unlicensed, had used an illegal gun and the incident occurred in the United States, Greens Law and Order spokeswoman Sue Pennicuik has found a way to turn it into a Greens grab for Australian votes by using it to promote their gun buyback scheme.
She reportedly said Lane's death proved Australia should be stricter on firearm control by banning all semi-automatic handguns.
"There are a lot more handguns circulating in Australia than there used to be," she said.
"There's no need for anybody to have a semi-automatic handgun. So why are they allowed to be imported and sold?"
In a report on www.news.com.au, Combined Firearms Council of Victoria chair Bill Paterson said there was no need to further tighten Australia's gun laws in the wake of Christopher Lane's tragic death, as they were leagues ahead of US laws.
"To get a handgun in Australia is remarkably different (to America)," he said.
"In Australia you have to be a member of a club, you have to have the handgun secured at all times. It is far too easy to come by a gun in America."
Meanwhile, Gun Control Australia chair Roland Browne said Australia needed tougher storage requirements for guns to combat growing firearm thefts.
Mr Browne said the current requirements, which dictate that guns must be stored in hard wood or steel container which must be locked and bolted to the wall or floor, did not adequately prevent guns being stolen for criminal use.
"Up to 2000 guns are stolen in Australia each year," he said.
"We need tougher, stronger requirements, including back-to-base alarm systems."
Mr Browne’s comments do not recognise the issue of law-abiding firearms owners details made readily available to criminals through slipshod police administration and corruption.
On Sunday, police in the west of NSW reported two separate incidents that were reported at similar times where firearms had been stolen from secure firearms storage safes.
Police are advising the local community to be on the lookout for anyone attempting to sell or dispose of Stirling, Remington, Lithgow, Springfield or Jungle Carbine firearms.
It’s believed criminals have access to the details of all NSW LAFOs and these properties were targeted as a result.