Rebecca Peters is the former Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). She announced her resignation from IANSA during a United Nations Preparatory Committee in July 2010 following allegations that she illegally trafficked in firearms. She is listed on the IANSA board of directors as of April 2012. The move was seen as a response to concerns that her high visibility and outspoken advocacy to radically decrease private gun ownership worldwide were undermining the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty process.
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.
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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. Among the awards she received was the 1996 Australian Human Rights Medal, her country's highest human rights honour.
The most expensive kind of violence, is gun violence.—Rebecca Peters, Great Gun Debate
She has been criticised by sporting shooters around the world and the National Rifle Association in the United States, which believes that Rebecca Peters, along with the United Nations, wishes to "strip all citizens of all nations of their right to self-protection" via gun-ownership by "banning civilian ownership of firearms" and to rid the world of shooting sports.
- IANSA - official web site
- Interview following U.S. Massacre at Newtown, Connecticut
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