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Australia. 2016 ‘Firearm Registration and Licensing.’ Illicit Firearms in Australia (Appendix B), p. 26. Canberra: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission. 21 October
Firearm Registration and Licensing
The ACIC, in collaboration with other Commonwealth, state and territory regulatory agencies, has found there are more than 2.89 million legally registered firearms in Australia. This is an increase of approximately 9.3 per cent since December 2011, when the number of registered firearms in Australia was approximately 2.75 million—a ratio of approximately 123 registered firearms per 1,000 people in 2011. In 2016 this ratio rose slightly to 125 registered firearms per 1,000 people.
Licensing data provided by state and territory regulatory agencies also indicate the number of firearm licences (which may not be representative of the number of individual licensees) increased from approximately 734,000 in 2011 to approximately 816,000 in 2016, an increase of 11.2 per cent. Using ABS population data, this equates to 34 licences per 1,000 people in 2016, a marginal increase from 33 licences per 1,000 people in 2011.