Rebecca Peters served as Director of the of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) from 2002 to 2010. She was still listed on the IANSA board of directors as of April 2012.
As chair of the (Australian) National Coalition for Gun Control at the time of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, Peters played a key role in the introduction of stricter gun control in Australia, an area in which she remains active today. One of the guns possessed by the perpetrator of The Port Arthur Massacre was a gun which had been handed in for destruction in a previous amnesty in the State of Victoria.
The Umut Foundation says:
Rebecca Peters was Chair of the National Coalition for Gun Control, which campaigned to tighten Australia's gun laws in the 1990s. Her research and advocacy helped bring about sweeping changes, including a move towards uniform gun laws across the eight states ( the laws are still not entirely uniform in 2011 ), a ban on semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, and a year-long buyback that destroyed nearly 700,000 weapons.
The most expensive kind of violence, is gun violence.—Rebecca Peters, Great Gun Debate
- UMUT Foundation
- 1996 Human Rights Medal and Awards Winners
- “Meet the Mastermind of the U.N. Global Gun ban Treaty” Stopthegunban.org/NRA, April 28, 2006
- IANSA - official web site
- Interview following U.S. Massacre at Newtown, Connecticut
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