Samuel Diprose Adams

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Samuel Diprose-Adams

PhD Candidate
School of Social Sciences

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Samuel is a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Tasmania. His research field is firearms law and policy. This includes the regulation of privately held firearms in society, gun violence, and the politics of gun laws.


Samuel developed an interest in firearms law and policy while completing his undergraduate studies in Law and Business at the University of Tasmania. He published his first paper on Tasmanian firearms policy during the penultimate year of undergraduate studies. After graduating, Samuel completed his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice with the College of Law in Victoria and was later admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Tasmania. He operated a business providing legal research for barristers and solicitors before commencing his PhD candidature. Samuel has continued to publish and engage publicly on the topic of firearms.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award





August 2018





December 2018



College of Law


May 2019


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Firearms Policy

Firearms Law

Firearm-related crime

Firearm-related suicides, including mental health

Statutory interpretation

Society and culture

Research Themes

Samuel’s research aligns with the University’s research theme of Culture and Society. His research interests include firearms ownership, firearm-related crime, and analysing firearms policy. Samuel’s research has been referenced in the final report of the 2019 Tasmanian House of Assembly Select Committee on Firearms Legislation and Policy. This research includes addressing firearm-related suicide by incorporating mental health first aid (MHFA) training into the firearms licence application process. Current practice requires a general practitioner to report to police when a patient with access to firearms has mental health issues. This reporting can damage the trust within the doctor-patient relationship while discouraging firearm owners from disclosing mental health issues to their doctor. MHFA training would shift most of the responsibility for mental health awareness from doctors to firearm owners which would enable earlier recognition of mental health issues while helping to maintain trust within the doctor-patient relationship. His research on the use of sound suppressors (silencers) for professional shooters, and clarifying the purpose of the Firearms Act 1996 (Tas) are also referenced in the final report. Samuel’s research on the policy and legal challenges of current statutory definitions of firearms has been referenced by organisations working in injury prevention space.

Fields of Research

  • Law and society and socio-legal research (480405)

Research Objectives

  • Legislation, civil and criminal codes (230407)
  • Law reform (230405)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2020Diprose Adams SHG, 'All or nothing: the legal dilemma of identifying a firearm in Australia', University of Western Australia Law Review, 47, (2) pp. 376-408. ISSN 0042-0328 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2019Diprose Adams SHG, 'Mental health first aid for firearm owners: addressing the elephant in the room', Alternative Law Journal, 44, (4) pp. 308-313. ISSN 1037-969X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1037969X19856758 [eCite] [Details]


2017Diprose Adams S, 'Judging a book by its cover: the challenges of prohibiting firearms by their appearance', The University of Tasmania Law Review, 36, (2) pp. 49-67. ISSN 0082-2108 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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(1 outputs)
2020Diprose Adams S, 'Gun Control: What Australia got right (and wrong) by Tom Frame', Alternative Law Journal, 45, (2) ISSN 1037-969X (2020) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1177/1037969X20927804 [eCite] [Details]