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Tasmania's Registered Firearm Numbers Grow

Tasmanian Examiner

10 August 2013

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[S]eventeen years after Australia's worst mass killing, Tasmania has the highest number of firearms since registration laws were tightened in 1996…

In real terms the 94,470 firearms in 1998 rose to more than 130,000 firearms this May…

Firearm licensing figures indicate it isn't simply gun owners replacing the banned firearms they were required to hand in after stricter gun laws were introduced…

[L]icensed gun owners have declined from 56,786 in 1996 to below 35,000.

In a 2005 special report on gun control, Tasmania's Auditor-General Mike Blake estimated there were 142,000 firearms circulating the state before the Port Arthur massacre.

Given there are 131,000 registered firearms it's possible the state has rearmed to pre-Port Arthur levels if illegal guns are factored in…

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