Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

AFP Stuff-Up over Licence; Debate Rages over Monis's Gun as Families Claim Slain Pair's Bodies

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

AFP Stuff-Up over Licence; Debate Rages over Monis's Gun as Families Claim Slain Pair's Bodies

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Byline: Chris Calcino APN NEWSDESK

THE bodies of Sydney's cafe siege victims Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson were released to their families last night as debate raged over whether gun laws should be changed.

The Australian Federal Police has taken responsibility for Prime Minister Tony Abbott's incorrect comments on Wednesday that Martin Place gunman Man Haron Monis held a valid firearm licence.

They issued a statement yesterday saying Monis had never held a gun licence in Australia and that an investigation into how an incorrect entry had surfaced on their database was under way.

Debate erupted over whether relaxing gun laws would have allowed hostages to defend themselves, after Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm said Australia was a "nation of unarmed victims".

"That nutcase who held them all hostage wouldn't have known that they were armed and bad guys don't like to be shot back at," he told ABC radio. His comments were denounced, with former Prime Minister John Howard calling it "very simplistic and flawed analysis". …

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