In Australia, guns are available only by permit, and handguns are extremely tightly controlled and registered. So how did this happen then?
Smajovic confronted Tan and the situation quickly escalated – standing about a metre apart, both pulled out their guns and pointed them at each other. Locked in a Mexican stand-off, Tan, Smajovic and two other men – Tan’s business partner and the other Rebels bikie – began screaming at each other to drop their weapons.
Detective Sergeant Keith Bristow said the stalemate mimicked the final moments of the cult-film Reservoir Dogs, in which three men in a similar impasse simultaneously shoot each other. Both men ended up firing their guns, leaving Tan with a bullet wound to his neck and Smajovic dying on the ground from a fatal shot to his heart.
So how is it that in Rebecca Peters’ gun free paradise of Australia that two biker gang members were able to find handguns to shoot each other with?
Once again we see that the people disarmed by the extremely restrictive gun laws in Australia aren’t the people that we would want to see disarmed. Are we to infer that the law abiding people were exactly the ones that the laws were designed to disarm?
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