The Port Arthur massacre and the National Firearms Agreement: 20 years on, what are the lessons?

@article{Dudley2016ThePA,
  title={The Port Arthur massacre and the National Firearms Agreement: 20 years on, what are the lessons?},
  author={Michael J Dudley and Alan Rosen and Philip Alpers and Rebecca Warne Peters},
  journal={Medical Journal of Australia},
  year={2016},
  volume={204}
}
The 20th anniversary of the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) offers lessons for mental health and public health. Along with similar international legislation, the NFA exemplifies how firearms regulation can prevent firearm mortality and injuries. The gun lobby claims that mental illness underpins gun violence and should be a key site for intervention. A modest but significant link exists between mental disorders and community violence. However, the vast majority of mentally ill individuals are… 
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