Benneworth gives up the gun battle

from page 5 of The Mercury, May 1, 1996

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  Liberal MHA for Bass Tony Benneworth last night said his faith in the adequacy of Tasmania's gun laws had been shattered by the horror of the Port Arthur massacre.
  Previously State Parliament's most vocal oponent of further restrictions of gun ownership, Mr Benneworth last night called for every shooter or gun owner to hand in any military-style semi-automatic weapons.
  He now "firmly believes" in uniform national gun laws.
  Still emotional after a detailed briefing for the Parliamentary Liberal Party on the massacre yesterday, Mr Benneworth said that in publicly arguing against further reform just 12 months ago he had believed Tasmania's gun laws went far enough.
  "I thought our laws were more than adequate and I find it incredible that they were not," he said.

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