This paper sets out the recent history of firearms offences, including the origins of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) in the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre. It then outlines the distinction between non-strictly indictable and strictly indictable firearms offences, and considers the significance of that distinction on the sentencing of firearms offences. The role and effect of standard non-parole periods on the sentencing of firearms offences is also considered. Sentencing statistics for firearms offences are then presented. The paper further provides a discussion of the objectives and main features of the recent amendments to firearms offences that were introduced by the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Act 2015 and the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Amendment (Firearms Offences) Act 2015
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