New Scientist article The brass rifle has been a mainstay in military and law enforcement applications for decades.
However, it is also being increasingly used for recreational purposes.
In fact, in Australia, there are currently more than 20,000 guns and shotguns registered under the “B.A.R.T.”
(bulk rifle) classification, with a total of more than 300,000 rounds of ammunition.
In the United States, the US Department of Justice says that “a significant number of firearms and ammunition have been purchased by criminals as illegal and unlicensed firearms”, but it also says that many of these guns are not being used in crime.
In a recent interview with ABC News, a US gun owner and firearms expert, Tom Meehan, spoke about the challenges of buying and owning a gun and the process of obtaining a licence.
“It is really, really challenging to get a gun licence in Australia,” he said.
“So the more I learn about it, the more it becomes clear.”
It’s a bit like trying to buy a house with a mortgage, because it’s hard to get the paperwork.
“But while there are no formal requirements, a range of licensing and training courses are available.
The gun industry, like the industry in general, is heavily regulated.
In fact, a number of organisations have been formed to help with firearm licensing.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, is responsible for issuing firearms licences in Australia.
It also administers the National Firearms Agreement (NFA), which requires that all licensed firearm owners have a “good reason to believe that they are in possession of a firearm”.
Licensing can also be carried out by the NSW Police Service or the Australian Border Force.
The Department of Defence also issues firearms licences.
In 2012, the Government issued the National Security Firearms Licence, which allows licensed firearm buyers to own “modern sporting rifles and shotguns”.
However, the National Rifle Association (NRA) is opposed to these licensing systems and has recently called for the abolishment of the current licensing system.
In recent years, the NSW Government has also introduced “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines”, and introduced restrictions on ammunition and firearm accessories.
In Australia, all firearms are classified under the National Firearm Licensing Act 2001, which requires owners to carry a “firearm licence”, “possession of which is likely to result in an offence” or “a continuing threat to the public order”.
The Bureau is currently conducting an inquiry into the use of firearms in organised crime.
The ABC contacted the Department of National Defence for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
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