For 65 years, Australian firearm legislation had altered very little, but all that changed dramatically in 12 days in 1996. This chapter explains the how and why of the ‘perfect storm’ of horror, outrage, law, and leadership that forced policy reversal, and details the lightning legislative adjustments now held up as global good practice. In addition, and with 20 years of research and hindsight, the author describes the attitude adjustment which enabled effective enforcement of gun laws, and the notable improvements to public health and safety which followed, perhaps as a result.


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