These measures were introduced in 1996, following a mass shooting in Tasmania that claimed the lives of 35 people and injured 23 more.
Within 12 days, Australian lawmakers agreed to ban certain semi-automatic and pump-action weapons, and forced residents who already owned high-powered rifles to sell them back to the government.
Frontier towns -- places like Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge -- actually had the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation.
In fact, many of those same cities have far less burdensome gun control today then they did back in the 1800s. Out in the untamed wilderness, you needed a gun to be safe from bandits, natives, and wildlife.
Gun control advocates fear -- and gun rights proponents sometimes hope -- the Second Amendment will transform our cities into modern-day versions of Dodge.
Yet this is all based on a widely shared misunderstanding of the Wild West.
The sheer number of firearms in America today – an estimated 300 million – would also present practical and financial obstacles.After a decision by the Supreme Court affirming the right of individuals to own guns, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sarcastically said, "Then why don't we do away with the court system and go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle it in the streets?" This is a common refrain heard in the gun debate.It was first tried in connection with a precursor bill to the Duncan-Carter measure that was introduced in 2015 and died in committee.The silencer industry also has a new high-profile celebrity endorser: Donald Trump Jr., an avid hunter who can be seen in a promotional video for Utah-based Silencer Co.
In the cities and towns of the West, however, the law often prohibited people from toting their guns around.