Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Friday said Australians handed in 51,000 guns during a three-month amnesty, though he rejected calls to extend it following the weekend’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
“I am not suggesting we won’t have gun amnesties in the future, but this one has been very effective because it has, as I said, a beginning, middle and an end.
“Every single one of those 51,000 guns could have been used in a crime where Australians could be killed. Now they can’t,’’ he told journalists in Sydney.
The amnesty, from July 1 to September 30, was the first since a gun buy-back scheme following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, in which a lone gunman killed 35 people over a two-day period.
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Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former congressman who pleaded guilty in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison.
Weiner, 53, also faces spending the rest of his life as a registered sex offender for his lengthy and lurid social media contacts with the North Carolina teen.
Weiner cried as he read from a written statement in Manhattan federal court, saying he was sorry and that he was “a very sick man for a very long time.”
“The crime I committed was my rock bottom,” Weiner said. “I live a different and better life today.”
Weiner, who must report to prison by Nov. 6, wept again after the sentence was announced.
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