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Pearson, D D R. 2000 ‘Number of Firearms Licensed.’ Surrender Arms? Firearm Management in Western Australia; Report No. 7, p.14. Perth: Auditor General, Western Australia. 1 September
Figure 1: Number of firearms licensed in each category in Western Australia
1. At the end of 1999 there were 259,540 licensed firearms in Western Australia registered to 85,414 licence holders. This is an average of three firearms per licence holder.
2. The majority of these firearms are licensed as category A or B. 19,975 are licensed as category C, 828 as category D and 25,031 as category H.
3. Two thousand two hundred firearms are nominally listed as category Z as insufficient information is available for correct classification.
[WAPS = Wastern Australia Police Service; Category A firearms: air rifle, single shot rim fire rifle, repeating rim fire rifle, single shot shotgun, double barrel shotgun, repeating shotgun (lever or bolt action); Category B firearms: muzzle loading firearm (except a handgun), single shot centre fire rifle, double barrel centre fire rifle, repeating centre fire rifle; Category C firearms: self loading rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity no more than 10 rounds, self loading shotgun with a magazine capacity no more than 5 rounds, pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity no more than 5 rounds; Category H firearms: handgun (including an air pistol); Category D firearms: self loading centre fire rifle designed or adapted for military purposes or a firearm that substantially duplicates such a firearm in design, function, or appearance, self loading shotgun with a magazine capacity more than 5 rounds, pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity more than 5 rounds, self loading rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity more than 10 rounds]