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Australia mulls new gun amnesty as city shootings rise

General scene of the Port Arthur historic convict site in Tasmania. A gunman killed 35 people here in 1996. (Photo by Geoff Hiscock)

SYDNEY -- A crazed gunman shot dead 35 people at Port Arthur, a historic tourist site in the Australian island state of Tasmania in April 1996, prompting then-Prime Minister John Howard to outlaw military-style assault weapons and introduce a gun buyback scheme as part of a tough set of national firearm laws.

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