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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 Victoria is

2015: 844,0341 2 3
2014: 801,899
2011: 706,394
2009: 660,000
2008: 644,921
2006: 612,365
2002: 613,800
2001: 534,300
1999: 726,000
1996: 792,000
1995: 819,500
1994: 805,046
1991: 687,500
1975: 494,0004

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2015: 14.275 6 3
2014: 13.73
2011: 12.67
2009: 12.01
2008: 12.02
2006: 11.86
2002: 12.52
2001: 11.01
1999: 15.31
1996: 17.36
1995: 18.12
1994: 17.94
1991: 15.57
1975: 13.455

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In Victoria, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be 251,0007

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2011: 11,6008
2010: 10,5409 8
2006: 36,65510
1994: 26,000 11
1991: 31,0007
1979: 5,70012

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Victoria is reported to be

2015: 214,93613 14
2014: 198,36814
2009: 587,53515
2008: 185,44216
2006: 184,00017
2004: 563,17515
2001: 183,37018
1996: 227,00017
1995: 260,00019 20
1994: 258,00011

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Victoria is

2015: 3.635
2014: 3.40
2009: 10.70
2008: 3.47
2006: 3.56
2004: 11.26
2001: 3.8218
1996: 5.025
1995: 5.75
1994: 5.75

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Victoria is reported to be

2015: 767,30413 14
2014: 728,99914
2011: 642,17621 8
2009: 600,00015
2008: 586,29216
2006: 556,69517
2002: 558,00016
2001: 485,72718
1999: 660,00022
1996: 720,00017
1995: 745,00019 20
1994: 731,86011
1991: 625,0007
1975: 238,20023

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Victoria is

2015: 12.975
2014: 12.48
2011: 11.52
2009: 10.92
2008: 10.93
2006: 10.78
2002: 11.38
2001: 10.1118
1999: 13.925
1996: 15.79
1995: 16.48
1994: 16.31
1991: 14.15
1975: 6.27

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2015: 76,7301 24 3
2014: 72,900
2011: 64,218
2009: 60,000
2008: 58,629
2006: 55,670
2002: 55,800
2001: 48,573
1999: 66,000
1996: 72,000
1995: 74,500
1994: 73,186
1991: 62,500

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

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

2015: 1.305
2014: 1.25
2011: 1.15
2009: 1.09
2008: 1.09
2006: 1.08
2002: 1.14
2001: 1.00
1999: 1.39
1996: 1.58
1995: 1.65
1994: 1.63
1991: 1.42

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Victoria, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2015: 3825
2014: 59
2013: 41
2012: 42
2011: 38
2010: 55
2009: 46
2008: 43
2007: 43
2006: 46
2005: 50
2004: 58
2003: 52
2002: 45
2001: 51
2000: 61
1999: 68

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.6426
2014: 1.01
2013: 0.72
2012: 0.75
2011: 0.69
2010: 1.01
2009: 0.86
2008: 0.82
2007: 0.83
2006: 0.91
2005: 1.00
2004: 1.18
2003: 1.07
2002: 0.93
2001: 1.07
2000: 1.30
1999: 1.46

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Victoria, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 5627
2014: 56
2013: 31
2012: 5027 28
2011: 41
2010: 5527 29
2009: 5827 30
2008: 4727 30 31
2007: 34
2006: 5227 31
2005: 45
2004: 33
2003: 57
2002: 66
2000: 5531
1999: 63
1998: 44
1997: 56
1996: 55
1995: 79
1994: 51
1993: 62
1992: 59
1991: 77
1990: 79

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

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

2015: 0.9432
2014: 0.96
2013: 0.54
2012: 0.89
2011: 0.74
2010: 1.01
2009: 1.08
2008: 0.89
2007: 0.66
2006: 1.03
2005: 0.90
2004: 0.67
2003: 1.17
2002: 1.37
2001: 1.15
2000: 1.34
1999: 1.20
1998: 0.96
1997: 1.23
1996: 1.21
1995: 1.76
1994: 1.14
1993: 1.39
1992: 1.33
1991: 1.74
1990: 1.80

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Victoria, annual firearm homicides total

2015: 227
2014: 8
2013: 8
2012: 427 33
2011: 6
2010: 1627 34
2009: 427 35
2008: 1027 36
2007: 427 37
2006: 727 38
2005: 827 39
2004: 327 40
2003: 927 41
2002: 627 42

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0332
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.14
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.11
2010: 0.29
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.19
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.12

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Victoria, annual handgun homicides total

2015: 027
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 4
2004: 2
2003: 1
2002: 1

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.02

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Victoria, annual long gun homicides total

2015: 127
2014: 8
2013: 5
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 7
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 6
2002: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0232
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.04

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Victoria, annual gun homicides (other) total

2015: 127
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 5
2009: 0
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 5
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 3

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

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

2015: 0.0232
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.06

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Victoria, annual suicides by any means total

2015: 65443
2014: 646
2013: 519
2012: 514
2011: 526
2010: 558
2009: 576
2008: 54443 44
2007: 473
2006: 485
2005: 505
2004: 521
2003: 540
2002: 528
2001: 54144
2000: 512
1999: 552

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

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

2015: 11.0132
2014: 11.07
2013: 9.05
2012: 9.13
2011: 9.50
2010: 10.22
2009: 10.73
2008: 10.35
2007: 9.18
2006: 9.58
2005: 10.12
2004: 10.57
2003: 11.08
2002: 10.96
2001: 11.36
2000: 10.88
1999: 11.86

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Victoria, annual firearm suicides total

2015: 3543
2014: 43
2013: 28
2012: 38
2011: 30
2010: 33
2009: 38
2008: 2943 45
2007: 39
2006: 38
2005: 30
2004: 42
2003: 34
2002: 36
2001: 4645
2000: 50
1999: 62

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.5932
2014: 0.74
2013: 0.49
2012: 0.67
2011: 0.54
2010: 0.60
2009: 0.71
2008: 0.55
2007: 0.76
2006: 0.75
2005: 0.60
2004: 0.85
2003: 0.70
2002: 0.75
2001: 0.97
2000: 1.06
1999: 1.33

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Victoria, annual handgun suicides total

2015: 443
2014: 6
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 3
2004: 4
2003: 4
2002: 2

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0732
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.04

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Victoria, the number of long gun suicides is

2015: 2543
2014: 33
2013: 25
2012: 32
2011: 23
2010: 28
2009: 33
2008: 21
2007: 33
2006: 31
2005: 25
2004: 26
2003: 30
2002: 31

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.4232
2014: 0.57
2013: 0.44
2012: 0.57
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.51
2009: 0.61
2008: 0.40
2007: 0.64
2006: 0.61
2005: 0.50
2004: 0.53
2003: 0.62
2002: 0.64

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Victoria, annual gun suicides (other) total

2015: 643
2014: 4
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 3
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 2
2004: 12
2002: 3

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

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

2015: 0.1032
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.24
2002: 0.06

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Victoria, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2015: 046
2014: 3
2013: 5
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 5
2009: 3
2008: 046 45
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 5
2004: 12
2003: 8
2002: 3
2001: 545
2000: 11
1999: 6

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.16
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.10
2000: 0.23
1999: 0.13

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Victoria, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2015: 046
2014: 0
2013: 4
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.04

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Victoria, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2015: 046
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 4
2009: 3
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 0
2004: 4
2003: 3
2002: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.08
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.04

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2015: 046
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 5
2004: 8
2003: 3
2002: 1

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

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.02

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 147
2014: 5
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 7
2004: 1
2003: 1

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

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

2015: 0.0232
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.14
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Victoria, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 047
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 4

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

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.02
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: 0.08

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Victoria, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2015: 147
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 3

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

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

2015: 0.0232
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.06

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2015: 047
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 1
2003: 1

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

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

2015: 0.0032
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.02

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Victoria, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence48

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Victoria, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law49 50 51

Firearm Imports

In Victoria, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law49 52 50 51 53

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Victoria is low54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Victoria, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law65

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Victoria include66 67 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 Victoria is categorised as restrictive68

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Victoria includes the Firearms Act 1996,69 and the Firearms Regulations 200870

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Victoria are regulated by the Governor in Council71 and the Chief Commissioner of the Police72 73 74

Right to Possess Firearms

In Victoria, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law75 76 77

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Victoria, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, self-loading rifles and shotguns (including pump action shotguns), military style firearms, and most handguns78 79 80 81 82 83

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Victoria, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or bona fide collector's guns78 79 82

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Victoria, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances78 79 82

Regulation of Handguns

In Victoria, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions84 80 81 85 86

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Victoria, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law78 82

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Victoria, only licensed gun owners87 84 88 82 72 89 90 91 92 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Victoria are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport or target shooting, hunting, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, official or commercial purposes, and bona fide gun collections.93 94 95 96 97 80 98 99 100 78 79 101 102 103 In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason104 105 106 107

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Victoria is 18 years,108 109 or as young as 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder110

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Victoria must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, addiction, domestic violence and other111 112 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Victoria, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories113 114

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Victoria stipulates111 112 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Victoria, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required108 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Victoria, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three or five years, depending on the licence category115

Licensing Records

In Victoria, authorities maintain a record73 74 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Victoria are permitted to possess 1 firearm per acquisition permit,116 89 and if approved, not more than 1 registered category C or D firearm, being a rifle, and not more than 1 registered category C or D firearm, being a shotgun72 90

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Victoria 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

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Victoria, the law requires73 74 118 119 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 Victoria, licensed firearm dealers are required120 121 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Victoria, licensed gun makers are required122 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Victoria, 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 Victoria, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police125

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Victoria, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful126 127

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Victoria is obliged89 90 111 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 Victoria is obliged89 90 111 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Victoria, 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 permit116 89

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Victoria is reported to be

1999: 300128
1995: 40019

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Victoria, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days129 130

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Victoria, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated131 132 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Victoria include133 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 Victoria include137 109 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

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

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Victoria do not include131 132 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Victoria, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law138 139 140

Firearm Tracing

In Victoria, state authorities carry out141 142 143 144 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Victoria, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not131 132 122 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Victoria, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason104 145 106 105 107

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Victoria, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason104 106 105 107

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Victoria, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm146 is two to seven years in prison87 84 88 125 81 116 106 147 148 149 145 121 150 133 137 138 151 117 112 53 152

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Victoria are known to have153 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 Victoria, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2015: 19154
2014: 10
2013: 1,734152 155 156
2012: 5155 157
2011: 3157 158 159 160
2010: 734158 161 162 163
2009: 847164 163
2004: 18,934165 163
2001: 6,000163
1999: 8,651163
1997: 265,291163 153
1995: 27,700163
1991: 1,000163
1988: 15,000163

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2004: 18,934165 163
1996-2001: 265,291163 153

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Victoria, it is not state policy166 167 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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