20 years ago, the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania left 35 people dead. The rampage by a lone gunman shocked the country. Australia's government decided to confiscate or buy back a million firearms. The results were dramatic.
Australian police have arrested a suspected "Islamic State" sympathizer, who they allege was planning a mass shooting. The site of the planned attack is a focal point for Melbourne's New Year's Eve celebrations.
The Las Vegas shooter was able to legally convert his legally-obtained weapons into automatic killing machines. Leaked images have shown modified weapons littering his sniper's nest.
Similar to previous massacres, Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas will likely trigger a fresh debate over gun control. But in an interview with DW, a noted scholar on gun violence doubts that much will change.
The legal basis for firearm possession in the US is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. But how are guns regulated? DW looks at who can buy and sell them — and how one loophole undermines gun control.
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