Howard's gun laws being as they are were helped by the failure of the "National Party" (part of the coalition) to stand up for the responsible people that they are supposed to represent, they also failed to stand up to
John Howard, this was aggrevated by the fact that the NP had several weak
links among their ranks. I have been told (by an NP staffer) that JH bluffed the NP by threatening to deny members a front bench position in government.
Ethnic and bikie gangs along with other criminals did not hand in their weapons, law abiding citizens are now paying the price for handing in their firearms.The so called do-gooders & politicans of Australia have a lot to answer for.