Review into gun laws after murder-suicide: ‘If it wasn’t a gun, it may have been some other instrument’
The state’s gun laws are being reviewed after a father with a history of violence killed his two teenage children in Sydney’s north-west.
John Edwards legally obtained two handguns described as “powerful” by police and was allowed to join a gun club, despite reportedly being denied membership at two others.
Police say he planned the killing of his children at West Pennant Hills.
Today’s discussions looked at potential changes to gun laws in a bid to stop another tragedy like this from happening again.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller tells Ben Fordham it’s important not to forget it was a domestic violence incident.
“My main concern, Ben, is we don’t lose that this was a domestic and family violence incidence. Now, it’s probably the worst incident one could imagine, but it’s not a firearm incident.
“If it wasn’t a gun it may have been some other instrument.
“I just need to make sure whilst a healthy debate around gun laws is important… that we don’t lose sight that this was a domestic and family violence incident.”
The Commissioner says all information is important, that it’s often “not until after the incident that people put their hands up and make information available”.
“Did the neighbours know more, did the local GP know more?
“Were there people who could’ve fed the information to police through Crime Stoppers or so many different forums that may have helped us protect these children?”
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