Australia’s gun laws are frequently lauded as being the world’s most stringent, and often used as an ideal policy model in the wake of mass killings in the United States. The reality is very different. Under the relentless pressure and political donations of the gun lobby there has been significant backsliding as restrictions have been traded for political support.

“We don’t regard gun ownership as a privilege,” Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm tells Mike Seccombe. “We regard it as a right, which you can lose. And once a person is licensed … it makes very little difference what kind of gun they’ve got.”

Plus: Paul Bongiorno on Malcolm Turnbull’s battle to escape Tony Abbott’s policies, and Clem Bastow on Harvey Weinstein and the disgrace of “open secrets”.

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