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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in the Australian Capital Territory is

2016: 21,2361 2 3
2015: 21,120
2014: 20,479
2013: 18,700
2011: 18,228
2001: 7,143
1998: 16,500
1979: 44,1004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in the Australian Capital Territory is

2016: 5.375 6 3
2015: 5.41
2014: 5.28
2013: 4.87
2011: 4.96
2001: 2.22
1998: 5.30
1979: 19.865

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In the Australian Capital Territory, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 19,5004

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In the Australian Capital Territory, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 20,5004

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2010: 1,2427
2006: 1,2158
1979: 4,1009

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in the Australian Capital Territory is reported to be

2016: 6,12210
2015: 6,08311
2014: 5,88612 11
2011: 5,07613
2001: 5,50114
1998: 5,50015

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in the Australian Capital Territory is

2016: 1.555
2015: 1.56
2014: 1.52
2011: 1.38
2001: 1.7214
1998: 1.775

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in the Australian Capital Territory is reported to be

2016: 19,30510
2015: 19,20011
2014: 18,61712 11
2013: 17,00016
2011: 16,57113
2001: 6,49414
1998: 15,00015

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in the Australian Capital Territory is

2016: 4.895
2015: 4.92
2014: 4.80
2013: 4.43
2011: 4.51
2001: 2.0314
1998: 4.815

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Australian Capital Territory there are estimated to be

2016: 1,9311 17 3
2015: 1,920
2014: 1,862
2013: 1,700
2011: 1,657
2001: 649
1998: 1,500

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in the Australian Capital Territory the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 0.495
2015: 0.49
2014: 0.48
2013: 0.44
2011: 0.45
2001: 0.20
1998: 0.48

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 218
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 5
2009: 5
2008: 1
2007: 4
2006: 9
2005: 1
2004: 3
2003: 3
2002: 10
2001: 9
2000: 0
1999: 4

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.5119
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.79
2012: 0.80
2011: 0.54
2010: 1.38
2009: 1.41
2008: 0.29
2007: 1.17
2006: 2.69
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.92
2002: 3.08
2001: 2.80
2000: 0.00
1999: 1.27

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 120
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 220 21
2011: 2
2010: 320 22
2009: 1
2008: 220 23
2007: 1
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 4
2003: 3
2002: 323
2001: 0
2000: 3
1999: 2
1998: 1
1997: 2
1996: 1
1995: 4
1994: 2
1993: 1
1992: 2
1991: 0
1990: 0

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.2624
2014: 0.26
2013: 0.53
2012: 0.54
2011: 0.54
2010: 0.83
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.57
2007: 0.29
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.60
2004: 1.22
2003: 0.92
2002: 0.92
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.95
1999: 0.64
1998: 0.32
1997: 0.64
1996: 0.32
1995: 1.31
1994: 0.66
1993: 0.33
1992: 0.68
1991: 0.00
1990: 0.00

Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 020
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 020 25
2011: 0
2010: 120 26
2009: 120 27
2008: 020 28
2007: 220 29
2006: 020 30
2005: 020 31
2004: 032
2003: 033
2001: 034

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.27
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.57
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 0.00

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual handgun homicides total

2015: 020
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual long gun homicides total

2015: 020
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.27
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.57
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual gun homicides (other) total

2015: 020
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 4635
2014: 38
2013: 37
2012: 24
2011: 33
2010: 41
2009: 32
2008: 3635 36
2007: 32
2006: 32
2005: 35
2004: 26
2003: 35
2002: 26
2001: 4636
2000: 29
1999: 45

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 11.7724
2014: 9.86
2013: 9.71
2012: 6.40
2011: 8.97
2010: 11.33
2009: 9.02
2008: 10.33
2007: 9.34
2006: 9.55
2005: 10.56
2004: 7.90
2003: 10.69
2002: 8.01
2001: 14.31
2000: 9.14
1999: 14.32

Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 235
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 1
2008: 135 37
2007: 2
2006: 9
2005: 0
2004: 3
2003: 3
2002: 6
2001: 937
2000: 0
1999: 4

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.5124
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.79
2012: 0.80
2011: 0.54
2010: 1.11
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.29
2007: 0.59
2006: 2.69
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.91
2003: 0.92
2002: 1.85
2001: 2.80
2000: 0.00
1999: 1.27

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual handgun suicides total

2015: 035
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 4
2005: 0
2003: 3
2002: 3

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.92
2002: 0.92

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the number of long gun suicides is

2015: 135
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 2
2006: 2
2005: 0
2002: 1

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.2624
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.79
2012: 0.80
2011: 0.54
2010: 1.11
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.29
2007: 0.58
2006: 0.60
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.31

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual gun suicides (other) total

2015: 135
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 3
2002: 2

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.2624
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.90
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.91
2002: 0.62

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 038
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 038 37
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 1
2004: 037
2003: 0
2002: 438 37
2001: 037
2000: 0
1999: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.85
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.00
2002: 1.23
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.00

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2015: 038
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2015: 038
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.85
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2014: 038
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 1
2002: 4

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.30
2002: 1.23

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 039
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 039
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 039
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 039
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0024
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In the Australian Capital Territory, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence40 41 42 43

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In the Australian Capital Territory, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law44 45 46

Firearm Imports

In the Australian Capital Territory, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law44 47 45 46

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in the Australian Capital Territory is low48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In the Australian Capital Territory, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law59

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in the Australian Capital Territory include60 61 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in the Australian Capital Territory is categorised as restrictive62

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in the Australian Capital Territory includes the Firearms Act 1996,63 and the Firearms Regulation 200864

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in the Australian Capital Territory are regulated by the Executive Legislative Assembly and the Australian Federal Police65, Registrar of Firearms, through the Australian Federal Police66

Right to Possess Firearms

In the Australian Capital Territory, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law67 68 69 70

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In the Australian Capital Territory, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, self-loading rifles and shotguns (including pump action shotguns), military style firearms, silenced firearms, most handguns, and replica firearms71 72 73 74 75

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In the Australian Capital Territory, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or collector's guns72 71 75

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In the Australian Capital Territory, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances72 71 75

Regulation of Handguns

In the Australian Capital Territory, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions72 76

Law Regulates Long Guns

In the Australian Capital Territory, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law72 71 74

Gun Ownership and Possession

In the Australian Capital Territory, only licensed gun owners77 78 79 80 73 81 82 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in the Australian Capital Territory are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, recreational hunting/vermin control, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, animal welfare, and bona fide firearm collections.83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 82
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason101 102 103 104

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in the Australian Capital Territory is 18 years,105 106 or 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder107 99

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in the Australian Capital Territory must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, domestic violence, residential and other108 109 110 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In the Australian Capital Territory, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories111

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in the Australian Capital Territory stipulates110 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In the Australian Capital Territory, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required81 112 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In the Australian Capital Territory, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years depending on the licence category113 114

Licensing Records

In the Australian Capital Territory, authorities maintain a record115 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in the Australian Capital Territory are permitted to possess 1 firearm per acquisition permit,116 but only one category H firearm (handgun)112

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in the Australian Capital Territory are permitted to possess ammunition only for those firearms for which the purchaser is licensed, with a limit on the quantity of ammunition that may be purchased in a given period117 118

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In the Australian Capital Territory, the law requires119 115 120 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In the Australian Capital Territory, licensed firearm dealers are required121 43 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In the Australian Capital Territory, licensed gun makers are required43 122 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In the Australian Capital Territory, State agencies are required123 124 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In the Australian Capital Territory, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police125 116 41 126

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In the Australian Capital Territory, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful41 42

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in the Australian Capital Territory is obliged116 108 109 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in the Australian Capital Territory is obliged116 108 109 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In the Australian Capital Territory, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one firearm per acquisition permit,116 but only one category H firearm (handgun)112

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in the Australian Capital Territory is reported to be

1999: 14127

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In the Australian Capital Territory, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days128 129

Regulation of Gun Shows

In the Australian Capital Territory, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated126 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in the Australian Capital Territory include130 131 132 133 134 135 136 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in the Australian Capital Territory include42 137 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in the Australian Capital Territory include124 123 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in the Australian Capital Territory include138 130 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In the Australian Capital Territory, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law139 120 140

Firearm Tracing

In the Australian Capital Territory, state authorities carry out141 142 143 144 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In the Australian Capital Territory, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not145 146 122 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In the Australian Capital Territory, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.101 102 103 104

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In the Australian Capital Territory, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.101 102 103 104

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In the Australian Capital Territory, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm147 is five to 20 years in prison80 73 125 41 117 121 40 139 130 131 132 138 103

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory are known to have148 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn the Australian Capital Territory, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2015: 25911
2014: 17612 11 149
2006: 88150
2005: 143150 151
2004: 178151
2003: 258152
2002: 193153 152 154
2000: 660155 156
1997: 5,380155 157

Small Arms Destroyed

In the Australian Capital Territory, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

1996/2001: 5,246148

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In the Australian Capital Territory, it is not state policy158 159 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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