Weapon banned in Australia

from page 3 of The Examiner, April 29, 1996

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  The Armalite M16 found by police at Port Arthur yesterday is an American military-style semi-automatic or fully-automatic weapon completely banned from import into Australia.
  It was banned in 1987 after a metting of State and Territory police ministers.
  A director of Gun Safe Tasmania, Graeme Norris, said the weapon fired a .223 bullet which had a bigger-than-usual cartridge.
  "It fires bullets at 3000 feet a second rather than the conventional speed of 1300 feet a second, and was designed to kill people and animals," he said.
  Mr Norris said there were probably many of them in Australia before the ban was announced.
  He said they were a very expensive weapon to buy.

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