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Australia. 2016 ‘Collection.’ National Report of Australia on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 6, pp. 5-6. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 27 April

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12. During the reporting period, did your country collect any SALW? YES

12.1.How many SALW were collected?

Some 3,000 firearms were collected by two law enforcement agencies within [two out of eight] jurisdictions and destroyed. These firearms would have consisted of those legally owned and surrendered voluntarily, those surrendered during amnesties and illegal firearms located associated with a criminal offence.

It is observed that although there can be a large number of firearms reportedly 'confiscated' by police, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) through their Firearm Trace program (FTP) has identified that a very large number of those firearms are returned to the original owner, transferred to a licensed firearm dealer or transferred to a friend or close relative.

ACC analysis indicates that media reports of firearm seizures by law enforcement do not reflect the reality of any reduction of firearm numbers within the community.

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

ID: Q12064

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