SA to consider tighter gun laws

SA to consider tighter gun laws

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South Australia will consider tough new gun laws after an illegal firearm seizure and a US shooting.

South Australia will consider tough new gun laws after an illegal firearm seizure and a US shooting.

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Tighter gun laws are being considered in South Australia .

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Tighter gun laws are being considered in South Australia in the wake of mass shootings in the United States and the seizure of a large cache of illegal weapons in Adelaide.

Police Minister Corey Wingard says gun laws must ensure dangerous weapons are not allowed to get into the hands of the wrong people.

"We have seen overseas, just on the weekend in a horrific event in El Paso, about the consequences of gun violence and we are not going to let that happen here," Mr Wingard said on Tuesday.

"We will release details of our considerations soon, but South Australians can rest assured they have a government that is committed to doing whatever is necessary to protect them from gun violence."

The minister's comments also came after Adelaide police on Friday seized more than 200 illegal weapons from a home east of the city, including semi-automatic rifles, a machine gun and a crossbow.

Investigators from the Serious Firearms Branch discovered the arsenal at the rural property late on Friday and arrested a 53-year-old man on firearms charges.

The haul included handguns, semi-automatic rifles, about 200 kilograms of ammunition, a crossbow, silencer, gunpowder, reloading equipment, throwing knives, daggers, bayonets and a quantity of military ammunition.

Officers also seized more than 30 registered firearms during a search that lasted three days with some items found in hidden rooms.

Superintendent Stephen Howard said it was disturbing that so many dangerous and illegal weapons were being kept in the community.

"Some of these weapons are the most lethal that are made," he said.

Mr Wingard said he could not comment specifically on the seizure as the man's case was before the courts.

But he said it was such incidents that justifiably raised concerns in the community.

Australian Associated Press

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