My mentally ill sister killed my father - end the law that allowed her access to a gun.
  • Petitioning The Hon. Michael Gallacher BProf St MLC office

This petition will be delivered to:

Minister for Police and Emergency Services
The Hon. Michael Gallacher BProf St MLC office
NSW Premier
Mike Baird

My mentally ill sister killed my father - end the law that allowed her access to a gun.

    1. Dayanthi Bonarius
    2. Petition by

      Dayanthi Bonarius

      Penrith, Australia

On 22 August 2010, my father was shot dead by my mentally-ill sister. 

Dad hadn’t seen her in years -- so when she called him he couldn’t have been more excited. She asked him to come visit, so he rushed over. Instead of a happy reunion she waited until his back was turned, she pulled out a pistol and killed him with a shot to the head.

She’s got a severe mental illness and should never have been able to get a gun. But she got one from a gun club after filling in a one-page form - and walked out of the club with it.

And all of this could happen again -- a 2008 change to the firearms act makes it legal for clubs to give guns to unlicensed shooters. Anyone can go to a gun club, fill in a form, and gain access to a gun. There are no waiting periods, the answers to the questionnaire aren't even checked.

I am not against the ownership of legal firearms; but this law is the reason my father is dead -- and I want to ensure that anyone with access to a legal firearm has been appropriately vetted. As long as section 6B continues to operate this will not be the case.

This absurd law poses unacceptable dangers to our community. But I believe if enough of us speak out about Section 6B, the government will be forced to reinstate checks on everyone using guns in NSW. 

Please sign and share my petition with your family and friends. Thank you for reading this and any support is appreciated!

You can also leave a message for NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell on his facebook page here: We need to change this law before another person is killed because of it! 

Over the Easter weekend in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Fernando family was interviewed for an article in the paper and an online video:

Recent signatures


    1. Update on 6B

      Dayanthi Bonarius
      Petition Organizer

      Please check out the following group.

    2. Update on 6B

      Dayanthi Bonarius
      Petition Organizer

      We are continuing to fight for the repeal of 6B. Please read the following article.

      Retreat on gun laws destroyed my family

      On the 18th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre, a Sydney family is rising above its own shooting tragedy to join a campaign to condemn the ''betrayal'' of nationwide gun laws that then prime minister John Howard persuaded the states to enact as a response to the slaughter in Tasmania.

    3. 20,159 supporters

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      We are nearly at 25,000 signatures, please keep passing this along. We need your help!

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures
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      Dayanthi Bonarius
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for your support it means a lot to my family we will continue to fight to the end. our goals now are 20,000 signatures! Please continue to help and support us.

    6. Reached 15,000 signatures
    7. Handing in the Petition to the Minister

      Dayanthi Bonarius
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to everyone who has signed I am overwhelmed by your support. We will handing the petition into the Minister this coming Friday, Please share and ask your family and friends to sign in the next week. Thank you again

    8. Reached 12,500 signatures
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      Thank you once again, can't believe it please continue to pass this along! xo

    10. Reached 7,000 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

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    12. Reached 2,000 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      WOW thank you for all your help! thank you petitioners for signing! We still have a ways to go please continue to pass this on and we will get there thanks again everyone! xoxo

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      WOW, We are really getting there 606 signatures, please keep passing it on this is really great! We will reach a 1000!

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      Thank you everyone who signed, please continue to pass the petition on so we can achieve our target of 1000 signatures! <3

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      Dayanthi Bonarius
      Petition Organizer

      WOW Thank you to everyone who has signed allready, dad's birthday is on Wednesday 25 April, please keep the momentum going by asking your friends to tell their friends. This is only way we will achieve our goal.

    19. Reached 100 signatures
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      Petition Organizer

      Please keep sending this on! Together we can make change happen.

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      Petition Organizer

      Please continue to ask your friends and family to sign this petition, The government will not take action unless the community show that this is what they want. Dayanthi

    23. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      Make the change you want to see!

      A violent ex-tenant used his firearm against his girlfriend to make her afraid!

      Facts about violence and gun violence:

      The presence of a firearm in a home with domestic violence can transform an argument into

      homicide in a fraction of a second. Firearms

      and domestic violence are a lethal combination, for example

      injuring and killing women,children and bystanders

      every day in the United States.

      In one study of 25 high

      income countries, the United States

      represented just 32% of the female population

      but accounted for 84%of all female firearm homicides.

      A gun is the weapon most commonly

      used in domestic homicides. In fact, more than six times as many women are murdered by guns used by their current or former intimate partners

      than are killed by male strangers’ guns, knives

      or other weapons combined.

      332,014 people died from guns between 2000 and 2010 in the U.S.. That number is greater than

      the populations of U.S. cities such as St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.

      31,328 people died from gun violence

      in 2010, or roughly 1 every 17 minutes.

      A gun in the home makes homicide three times more likely, suicide up to five times as

      likely, and accidental death four times higher than in nongun owning homes.

      Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide more than five times

      than in instances where there are no weapons, according to a recent study. In addition,

      abusers who possess guns tend to inflict the most severe abuse on their partners.

      Over 40 percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check.

      Gun Violence & Women

      94% of female murder victims killed by men are killed by a man they

      knew. In other words, females are 16 times

      as likely to be killed by a male acquaintance than by a male

      stranger. In 2010, 1,017 women, almost three a day, were killed by their intimate


      In 2010, 52 percent of female homicide victims killed by men were shot and killed with a

      gun. Female intimate partners are more likely to be murdered with a firearm than all

      other means combined.

      Women suffering from domestic violence are eight times more likely to be killed if there

      are firearms in the home.

      The Facts on Women, Children and Gun Violence

      Handguns are more likely than rifles or shotguns to be used in homicides in which men

      kill women. In 2010, handguns were used in 70 percent of cases where

      men used firearms to kill women.

      In 1998, for every one woman who used a handgun to kill an intimate acquaintance in

      self defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate acquaintance using a handgun.

      Access to firearms increases risk of intimate partner

      femicide more than five times


      Gun Violence & Children

      2694 children and teens died from guns in 2010. That’s a roughly equivalent to a

      Newtown massacre every three days.

      Between 1979 and 2010, more children and

      teens died from guns (119,079) than U.S. soldiers in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq

      and Afghanistan combined.

      In a study of 23 high income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns

      lived in the United States. The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens

      and young adults in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7 higher than in the other high income

      countries combined


      More than half of youth who commit suicide with a gun do so with one obtained from

      their home and more often than not, the gun belonged to a parent.

      In 2009 more 15-19 year olds died from gun violence than any other cause except

      motor vehicles.

      In 2010, 82 U.S. children under the age of five died from guns.

    • Kathie Thackray AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      I can see our strict gun laws being whittled away by people with vested interests.

    • Heidi Luxton GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA
      • 6 months ago

      Australia can never allow this or other terrible tragedies like the Port Arthur massacre to happen again by going soft on gun ownership.

    • Cherie Burge HENDRA, AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      It shouldn't be that easy to get hold of a gun.

      • 8 months ago

      Some tragedies can be avoided.


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