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The next proposal is that (at a total estimated cost of about $21 million) (Roper 1997:137), MSSAs be banned and be subject to a government buy-back.
In New Zealand since the 1992 amendment, MSSA owners have been extensively vetted before being given an "E" endorsement allowing them to continue having such weapons, and MSSAs have had to be stored in a locked safe or strongroom.
A large range of sporting-rifle calibres are also used in pistols, MSSAs and machine guns.
But the minister specifically addressed the matter of MSSAs, saying that he did not ban them because he did not wish to alienate their owners.
Apart from the financial cost of any other possible moves (for example, $21 million to buy back MSSAs; $35 million to buy back rapid-fire shotguns, $53 million to register firearms on a three-year cycle), the report's major recommendations would have had little objective impact on firearms security.
Six weeks later, at Port Arthur in Tasmania, Martyn Bryant used an MSSA to murder 35 people.
These random mass killings were performed with weapons that are restricted under New Zealand law -- pistols at Dunblane and an MSSA at Port Arthur.
Under the arms review recommendations, however, the MSSA that Bryant used would have
Moreover, had he not gained access to an MSSA, he could still have used a sporting semi-automatic with spare magazines preloaded, with just as lethal effect.
This recommendation is really a reaffirmation of an existing situation since under the 1992 amendment, that any rifle with a magazine capacity of more than seven cartridges becomes an MSSA and requires a special licence.
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- MSS Command/Control Facility
- MSS Control Equipment