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Bricknell, Samantha. 2008 ‘Criminal Use of Handguns in Australia: Legal ownership.’ Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice; Issue 361 (Table 1), p. 2. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 14 October
Based on data from Australian police firearms registries, a total of 172,422 handguns were registered in Australia at 30 June 2006, accounting for seven percent of all registered firearms.
As a percentage of all firearms, handgun ownership varied across states and territories, from four percent in Western Australia to 12 percent in South Australia.
Table 1: Registered handguns in Australia, 30 June 2006
State or Territory - Number - Proportion of registered firearms
Vic - 36,655 - 7%
Qld - 40,314 - 8%
WA - 9,829 - 4%
SA - 21,519 - 6%*
Tas - 3,560 - 11%
ACT - 1,215 - 8%
NT - 4,667 - 11% (a)
Australia - 172,422 - 7%
(a) - Includes handguns held or used by police or government departments. Other state and territory totals do not.
Source: State and territory police firearms registries
[*Bricknell's original figure of 41,519 and its corresponding percentage have been corrected according to Langmead (2011)1 and Noonan and Zed (2009)2].