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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 South Australia is

2016: 328,7361 2 3
2015: 323,021
2014: 318,387
2013: 310,089
2012: 304,795
2011: 299,473
2010: 314,897
2001: 274,260
1998: 379,500
1979: 323,2004
1975: 185,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2016: 19.266 7 3
2015: 19.03
2014: 18.93
2013: 18.60
2012: 18.45
2011: 18.30
2010: 19.39
2001: 18.24
1998: 25.59
1979: 24.976
1975: 14.99

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In South Australia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 211,2004

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In South Australia, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 86,0004

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2010: 18,4808 9
2009: 20,06310 11
2006: 21,51912 11
1979: 11,20013

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

1975: 22.3%14

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2016: 65,35115
2015: 65,282
2014: 65,161
2013: 64,272
2012: 64,148
2011: 63,781
2010: 61,38615 16
2009: 61,41115
2008: 62,331
2007: 61,476
2001: 77,51317
1998: 80,00018

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2016: 3.836
2015: 3.85
2014: 3.87
2013: 3.86
2012: 3.88
2011: 3.90
2010: 3.78
2009: 3.83
2008: 3.93
2007: 3.93
2001: 5.1317
1998: 5.396

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in South Australia is reported to be

2016: 298,85115
2015: 293,655
2014: 289,443
2013: 281,899
2012: 277,086
2011: 272,24815 19
2010: 286,27016
2001: 249,32717
1998: 345,00018

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in South Australia is

2016: 17.536
2015: 17.31
2014: 17.21
2013: 16.91
2012: 16.77
2011: 16.63
2010: 17.63
2001: 16.4917
1998: 23.266

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2016: 29,8851 20 3
2015: 29,366
2014: 28,944
2013: 28,190
2012: 27,709
2011: 27,225
2010: 28,627
2001: 24,933
1998: 34,500

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

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

2016: 1.756
2015: 1.73
2014: 1.72
2013: 1.69
2012: 1.68
2011: 1.66
2010: 1.76
2001: 1.66
1998: 2.33

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 1221
2014: 15
2013: 17
2012: 23
2011: 21
2010: 18
2009: 20
2008: 35
2007: 25
2006: 21
2005: 21
2004: 20
2003: 17
2002: 27
2001: 17
2000: 29
1999: 13

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.7122
2014: 0.89
2013: 1.02
2012: 1.39
2011: 1.28
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.24
2008: 2.20
2007: 1.59
2006: 1.35
2005: 1.36
2004: 1.31
2003: 1.12
2002: 1.79
2001: 1.13
2000: 1.94
1999: 0.87

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 2323
2014: 16
2013: 21
2012: 3123 24
2011: 22
2010: 1823 25
2009: 28
2008: 2023 26 27
2007: 13
2006: 17
2005: 22
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 26
2001: 3326 27
2000: 22
1999: 3827
1998: 29
1997: 24
1996: 14
1995: 31
1994: 29
1993: 30
1992: 28
1991: 25
1990: 21

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

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

2015: 1.3528
2014: 0.95
2013: 1.26
2012: 1.87
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.11
2009: 1.74
2008: 1.26
2007: 0.83
2006: 1.09
2005: 1.43
2004: 0.59
2003: 1.18
2002: 1.72
2001: 2.19
2000: 1.47
1999: 2.55
1998: 1.96
1997: 1.63
1996: 0.95
1995: 2.12
1994: 1.98
1993: 2.06
1992: 1.92
1991: 1.73
1990: 1.47

Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 6
2012: 423 29
2011: 8
2010: 123 30
2009: 123 31
2008: 523 32
2007: 223 33
2006: 423 34
2005: 323 35
2004: 336
2003: 423 37
2002: 1023 38

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.36
2012: 0.24
2011: 0.49
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.66

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual handgun homicides total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 3

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual long gun homicides total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 4
2005: 0
2002: 4

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.26

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn South Australia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2015: 023
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 3
2003: 4
2002: 3

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

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.19
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.20

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 23639
2014: 240
2013: 198
2012: 198
2011: 212
2010: 197
2009: 185
2008: 17539 40
2007: 205
2006: 180
2005: 231
2004: 178
2003: 193
2002: 170
2001: 20740
2000: 199
1999: 200

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

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

2015: 13.8928
2014: 14.24
2013: 11.85
2012: 11.96
2011: 12.93
2010: 12.11
2009: 11.50
2008: 11.02
2007: 13.05
2006: 11.59
2005: 15.01
2004: 11.65
2003: 12.69
2002: 11.25
2001: 13.77
2000: 13.29
1999: 13.41

Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 1239
2014: 15
2013: 11
2012: 19
2011: 12
2010: 17
2009: 19
2008: 2639 40
2007: 20
2006: 17
2005: 14
2004: 16
2003: 11
2002: 13
2001: 1740
2000: 27
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.7128
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.66
2012: 1.15
2011: 0.73
2010: 1.04
2009: 1.18
2008: 1.64
2007: 1.27
2006: 1.09
2005: 0.91
2004: 1.05
2003: 0.72
2002: 0.86
2001: 1.13
2000: 1.80
1999: 0.87

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual handgun suicides total

2015: 439
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 2
2002: 1

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.2428
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.07

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, the number of long gun suicides is

2015: 839
2014: 11
2013: 8
2012: 14
2011: 8
2010: 15
2009: 14
2008: 18
2007: 14
2006: 14
2005: 14
2004: 13
2003: 7
2002: 7

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.4728
2014: 0.65
2013: 0.48
2012: 0.85
2011: 0.49
2010: 0.92
2009: 0.87
2008: 1.13
2007: 0.89
2006: 0.90
2005: 0.91
2004: 0.85
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.46

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn South Australia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2015: 039
2014: 4
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 0
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 3
2003: 2
2002: 5

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

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.24
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.33

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 041
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 441 40
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 040
2000: 2
1999: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.00

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2015: 041
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
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
2003: 0.07

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2015: 041
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 4

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0028
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.26

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2015: 041
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 1

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

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

2015: 0.0028
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: 0.26
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.07

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 042
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 South Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0028
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 South Australia, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 042
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 South Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0028
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 South Australia, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 042
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 South Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0028
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 South Australia, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 042
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 South Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0028
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 South Australia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence43

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In South Australia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law44 45 46

Firearm Imports

In South Australia, 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 South Australia is low48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In South Australia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law59

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in South Australia 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 South Australia is categorised as restrictive62

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in South Australia includes the Firearms Act 1977,63 and the Firearms Regulations 200864

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in South Australia are regulated by the Governor65 and the Commissioner of Police66

Right to Possess Firearms

In South Australia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law67 68 69

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In South Australia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, sawn-off shotguns, shortened firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, home-made firearms, silencers and most handguns70 71 72 73 74 75 76

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In South Australia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or bona fide collector's guns70 71 77 78

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In South Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances77 79 78

Regulation of Handguns

In South Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions70 73 80 77 78

Law Regulates Long Guns

In South Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law70 77 79 78

Gun Ownership and Possession

In South Australia, only licensed gun owners81 82 83 84 79 85 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in South Australia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, hunting, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, and bona fide gun collections.86 87 88 89 80 90 77
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason91 92 93

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in South Australia is 18 years,82 or as young as 10 years in special circumstances, and while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder94 95

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in South Australia must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, domestic violence and other96 97 98 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In South Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required99 100

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in South Australia stipulates96 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In South Australia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required101 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In South Australia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years, depending on licence type102

Licensing Records

In South Australia, authorities maintain a record103 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in South Australia are permitted to possess 1 firearm per acquisition permit for a firearm specified on their licence, and if approved, 1 category C semi-automatic rifle, 1 category C semi-automatic shotgun, and/or 1 category H handgun77

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in South Australia are permitted to possess only enough ammunition to fulfill the reasonable needs of that person for the next 12 months104

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In South Australia, the law requires105 103 106 107 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 South Australia, licensed firearm dealers are required108 109 110 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In South Australia, licensed gun makers are required111 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In South Australia, State agencies are required112 113 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 South Australia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police114 115 116 117

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In South Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful118 119

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in South Australia is obliged84 96 97 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 South Australia is obliged84 96 97 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In South Australia, 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 for a firearm specified on the owner's licence77

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

1999: 132120

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In South Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days84 82

Regulation of Gun Shows

In South Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated121 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in South Australia include122 123 124 125 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 South Australia include126 127 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in South Australia include113 112 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in South Australia include128 129 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In South Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law130 131

Firearm Tracing

In South Australia, state authorities carry out132 133 134 135 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In South Australia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not99 100 111 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In South Australia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.91 92 93

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In South Australia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.91 92 93

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In South Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm136 is four to 10 years in prison81 105 72 118 43 43 83 130 137 128 138

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in South Australia are known to have139 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 South Australia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2016: 888140 141
2013: 2,854142 143
2011: 15144 10
2010: 1,881145
2009: 1,100146
2008: 271147
2007: 450148
2006: 1,490146
2001: 2,719149
1999: 19,635146
1997: 64,811139 150
1995: 915149

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2012: 3,100142
1996-2001: 64,811139

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In South Australia, it is not state policy151 152 153 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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