Pacific Stars And Stripes, May 20, 1997, Page 33

Pacific Stars And Stripes

May 20, 1997

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Issue date: Tuesday, May 20, 1997

Pages available: 35

Previous edition: Monday, May 19, 1997

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Years available: 1948 - 1999

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - May 20, 1997, Tokyo, JapanPACIFIC STARS AND STRIPES TUESDAY, MAV 20,1997 S The Associated Press Hew South Wales Police Department workers look over weapons citizens have handed in for refunds. The rapid-fire rifles are then destroyed at this secret facility, BYVTJAYjOSffl The Associated Press SYDNEY, Australia — Swinging a hammer, Al Egan hacks at a semiauto- matic rifle. Soon, the gun is dismem-bered — thei barrel, the wooden butt and metal parts strewn across a.bench. All around him, in a room filled withthe clang of bludgeoning hammers, Egan's friends pulverize an endless line'of rifles and shotguns disgorged by a conveyor belt "A lot of engineering has gone into some of these beautiful pieces, but- de-stroying them does good for everyone," Egan says. He and his 14 colleagues de-molish about 1,000 guns each day. For the past year, responding ta the worst massacre by a lone gunman in his-tory, Australia has pushed ahead with an ambitious plan to buy mititary-style,rapid-fire rifles from civilians and de- stroy them, „ The work is done at a police facility in a quiet Sydney neighborhood. The loca-tion is not advertised because, police don't want criminals raiding the arsenalto steal weapons. Officials say the guns 'are broken up with hammers because it woulH be toocomplicated to develop machines that could handle the variety of sizes and ma- terials. The metal parts are melted formaking such products as paper clips and toys, and the wood and plastic also arerecycled. 0 "