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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in New South Wales is

2016: 872,6621 2 3
2013: 864,262
2012: 839,695
2011: 819,308
2010: 770,000
2008: 755,852
2007: 729,753
2005: 715,204
2004: 660,000
2001: 568,115
1999: 1,092,850
1975: 830,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in New South Wales is

2016: 11.425 6 3
2013: 11.76
2012: 11.43
2011: 11.30
2010: 10.59
2008: 10.73
2007: 10.53
2005: 10.51
2004: 9.76
2001: 8.55
1999: 16.94
1975: 17.335

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn New South Wales, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2016: 33,0257
2012: 27,9568
2011: 40,4979
2010: 38,75210
2006: 34,66311
2004: 42,12712 13

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In New South Wales, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

1975: 19.9%14

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in New South Wales is reported to be

2016: 223,1257
2015: 215,46215
2013: 199,38016
2012: 190,8448 17
2011: 185,1189 18 19
2010: 177,67515 20
2007: 171,35021
2004: 185,00022 23
2002: 186,29619
2001: 171,87324 19 21
1996: 200,00019 8

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in New South Wales is

2016: 2.925
2015: 2.83
2013: 2.71
2012: 2.60
2011: 2.55
2010: 2.44
2007: 2.47
2004: 2.74
2002: 2.79
2001: 2.6124
1996: 3.205

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in New South Wales is reported to be

2016: 793,3297 25
2013: 785,69316
2012: 763,3598 26 17
2011: 744,8259
2010: 700,00027
2008: 687,13828 29
2007: 663,41221
2005: 650,18529
2004: 600,00022 23
2001: 516,46824 21
1999: 993,50030

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in New South Wales is

2016: 10.385
2013: 10.69
2012: 10.39
2011: 10.28
2010: 9.63
2008: 9.76
2007: 9.58
2005: 9.56
2004: 8.88
2001: 7.8524
1999: 15.405

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in New South Wales there are estimated to be

2016: 79,3331 31 3
2013: 78,569
2012: 76,336
2011: 74,483
2010: 70,000
2008: 68,714
2007: 66,341
2005: 65,019
2004: 60,000
2001: 51,647
1999: 99,350

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in New South Wales the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 1.045
2013: 1.07
2012: 1.04
2011: 1.03
2010: 0.96
2008: 0.98
2007: 0.96
2005: 0.96
2004: 0.89
2001: 0.78
1999: 1.54

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2016: 7932
2015: 77
2014: 78
2013: 70
2012: 71
2011: 59
2010: 54
2009: 68
2008: 77
2007: 67
2006: 73
2005: 80
2004: 73
2003: 101
2002: 90
2001: 100
2000: 72
1999: 95

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 1.0233
2015: 1.01
2014: 1.04
2013: 0.95
2012: 0.97
2011: 0.82
2010: 0.76
2009: 0.96
2008: 1.11
2007: 0.98
2006: 1.08
2005: 1.20
2004: 1.10
2003: 1.53
2002: 1.37
2001: 1.53
2000: 1.12
1999: 1.49

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 6934
2015: 68
2014: 66
2013: 79
2012: 7434 35
2011: 87
2010: 7834 36
2009: 90
2008: 8034 37
2007: 66
2006: 80
2005: 65
2004: 60
2003: 94
2002: 93
2001: 11737
2000: 113
1999: 117
1998: 112
1997: 108
1996: 118
1995: 95
1994: 132
1993: 125
1992: 115
1991: 134
1990: 104

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.8938
2015: 0.89
2014: 0.88
2013: 1.07
2012: 1.01
2011: 1.21
2010: 1.09
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.15
2007: 0.97
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.95
2004: 0.90
2003: 1.42
2002: 1.41
2001: 1.79
2000: 1.75
1999: 1.84
1998: 1.78
1997: 1.73
1996: 1.91
1995: 1.56
1994: 2.18
1993: 2.09
1992: 1.93
1991: 2.27
1990: 1.78

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 1534
2015: 15
2014: 15
2013: 17
2012: 1534 39
2011: 10
2010: 934 40
2009: 1534 41
2008: 734 42
2007: 1034 43
2006: 1534 44
2005: 1334 45
2004: 1134 46
2003: 2934 47
2002: 2234 48

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1938
2015: 0.20
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.23
2012: 0.21
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.44
2002: 0.33

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 434
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 4
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 4
2006: 9
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 5
2002: 8

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0538
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.12

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 134
2015: 5
2014: 7
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 7
2009: 7
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 6
2004: 3
2003: 12
2002: 8

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0138
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.12

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 1034
2015: 10
2014: 7
2013: 12
2012: 11
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 6
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 3
2004: 7
2003: 12
2002: 6

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.1338
2015: 0.13
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.19

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual suicides by any means total

2016: 80449
2015: 815
2014: 795
2013: 707
2012: 727
2011: 616
2010: 674
2009: 623
2008: 620
2007: 611
2006: 57749 50
2005: 549
2004: 587
2003: 640
2002: 692
2001: 79250
2000: 739
1999: 854
1998: 832
1997: 950
1996: 817
1995: 748
1994: 799
1993: 679
1992: 740
1991: 740
1990: 690
1989: 699
1988: 695
1987: 684

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2016: 10.3938
2015: 10.70
2014: 10.57
2013: 9.54
2012: 9.94
2011: 8.53
2010: 9.43
2009: 8.83
2008: 8.93
2007: 8.94
2006: 8.5638 51
2005: 8.20
2004: 8.83
2003: 9.67
2002: 10.52
2001: 12.051
2000: 11.4
1999: 13.3
1998: 13.1
1997: 15.1
1996: 13.2
1995: 12.2
1994: 13.2
1993: 11.4
1992: 12.5
1991: 12.8
1990: 12.0
1989: 12.3
1988: 12.4
1987: 12.6

Gun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 5649
2015: 55
2014: 48
2013: 51
2012: 49
2011: 43
2010: 33
2009: 39
2008: 4949 52
2007: 44
2006: 43
2005: 37
2004: 40
2003: 54
2002: 59
2001: 9452
2000: 55
1999: 88

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.7238
2015: 0.72
2014: 0.64
2013: 0.69
2012: 0.67
2011: 0.60
2010: 0.46
2009: 0.55
2008: 0.71
2007: 0.64
2006: 0.64
2005: 0.55
2004: 0.60
2003: 0.82
2002: 0.90
2001: 1.44
2000: 0.85
1999: 1.38

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 549
2015: 6
2014: 1
2013: 9
2012: 4
2011: 7
2010: 5
2009: 8
2008: 8
2007: 7
2006: 7
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 6
2002: 5

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0638
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.08

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 4549
2015: 41
2014: 31
2013: 36
2012: 26
2011: 32
2010: 25
2009: 25
2008: 31
2007: 24
2006: 33
2005: 32
2004: 22
2003: 39
2002: 50

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.5838
2015: 0.54
2014: 0.41
2013: 0.49
2012: 0.36
2011: 0.44
2010: 0.35
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.45
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.49
2005: 0.48
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.59
2002: 0.76

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 649
2015: 8
2014: 16
2013: 6
2012: 19
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 10
2007: 13
2006: 3
2005: 4
2004: 17
2003: 9
2002: 4

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0838
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.14
2002: 0.06

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2016: 453
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 7
2008: 753 52
2007: 6
2006: 3
2005: 30
2004: 22
2003: 14
2002: 9
2001: 652
2000: 17
1999: 7

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0538
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.45
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.26
1999: 0.11

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 053
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 2
2003: 3

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
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
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.05

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2016: 453
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0538
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2016: 053
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 28
2004: 18
2003: 9
2002: 9

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.42
2004: 0.27
2003: 0.14
2002: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 054
2015: 4
2014: 11
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 11
2009: 7
2008: 14
2007: 7
2006: 12
2005: 0
2003: 4

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.15
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.06

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 054
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 054
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 4
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 0
2003: 4

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.06

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 054
2015: 4
2014: 10
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 6
2009: 5
2008: 10
2007: 6
2006: 9
2005: 0

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.00

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

In New South Wales, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 455

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In New South Wales, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence56 57 58

Home-made Guns

In New South Wales, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low59

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In New South Wales, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law60 61 62

Firearm Imports

In New South Wales, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law60 63 61 62

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in New South Wales is low64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In New South Wales, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law78

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in New South Wales include79 80 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 New South Wales is categorised as restrictive81

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in New South Wales includes the Firearms Act 1996,82 and the Firearms Regulation 200683

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in New South Wales are regulated by the Governor84 and the Commissioner of NSW Police85

Right to Possess Firearms

In New South Wales, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law86 87 88 89

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In New South Wales, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, self-loading rifles and shotguns, pump action shotguns, military style firearms, silenced firearms, paint-ball guns, most handguns, and replica firearms90 91

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In New South Wales, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum, or collector's guns90 91

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In New South Wales, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances90 91

Regulation of Handguns

In New South Wales, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions92 90 93

Law Regulates Long Guns

In New South Wales, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law90

Gun Ownership and Possession

In New South Wales, only licensed gun owners94 95 96 97 98 92 99 100 101 102 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in New South Wales 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.103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 99 102 18
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason113 114 115

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in New South Wales is 18 years,116 117 or 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder118 119 120

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in New South Wales must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, domestic violence, residential and other121 117 122 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In New South Wales, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories123

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in New South Wales stipulates121 117 122 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In New South Wales, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required121 118 124 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In New South Wales, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two to four years, depending on the age of their licence and other criteria125 126

Licensing Records

In New South Wales, authorities maintain a record127 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in New South Wales are permitted to possess 1 category 'C' rifle and 1 category 'C' shotgun, if they are the holder of a category C licence128 97 129

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in New South Wales are permitted to possess only ammunition specific to the registered gun or guns approved on the licence130

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In New South Wales, the law requires127 131 132 133 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 New South Wales, licensed firearm dealers are required134 135 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In New South Wales, licensed gun makers are required134 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In New South Wales, State agencies are required136 137 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 New South Wales, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or, if not reasonably available, by police138 139 140 141 142

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In New South Wales, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful57 143 139 142

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in New South Wales is obliged140 121 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 New South Wales is obliged140 121 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In New South Wales, 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 permit144

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in New South Wales is reported to be

1999: 393145

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In New South Wales, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days121 144

Regulation of Gun Shows

In New South Wales, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated146 140 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in New South Wales include147 148 149 121 150 151 99 152 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 New South Wales include153 154 155 156 99 152 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in New South Wales include157 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in New South Wales include158 159 160 161 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In New South Wales, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law162 163

Firearm Tracing

In New South Wales, state authorities carry out164 165 166 167 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In New South Wales, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not168 169 170 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In New South Wales, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.113 114 115

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In New South Wales, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.113 114 115 171

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In New South Wales, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm172 is 14 years in prison94 129 173 131 174 143 56 58 147 154 148 149 135 162 142 130 158 159 175

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in New South Wales are known to have176 177 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 New South Wales, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2014: 4,366178
2013: 9,308179 180
2012: 8,585181 179 26 182 183
2011: 6,155181
2010: 4,461181 27
2009: 7,448181 184
2008: 4,066181
2004: 29,697185 186 22
2001: 5,772187
1997: 192,263188
1995: 19,872189
1988: 18,600189

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn New South Wales, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2012: 1,498183
1996-2001: 155,774176

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In New South Wales, it is not state policy190 191 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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