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Australia. 2016 ‘Legal Importation of Firearms.’ Illicit Firearms in Australia (Appendix B), p. 26. Canberra: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. 21 October
Legal Importation of Firearms
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, more than 1.16 million firearms have been imported since the buyback commenced (see Figure 9).
Many licensed firearm owners used compensation obtained during the 1996 buyback to purchase new legal replacement firearms and this would account for the high number of imports during this period. The totals do not include over 1.05 million spring-, air- or gas-operated firearms that were also imported in this period.
Figure 9: Total Licit Firearm Imports Into Australia by Firearm Type, 1996–2015