Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Bricknell, Samantha. 2008 ‘Criminal Use of Handguns in Australia: Illegal ownership.’ Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice (361), p. 2. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 14 October
Four in 10 police detainees who owned a longarm did so primarily for hunting/recreational purposes, which is a legitimate reason for some longarm firearm ownership in Australia.
In contrast, 55 percent of detainees who owned handguns did so mostly for protection and self-defence reasons, which is not a valid reason for firearm ownership…
[Results cited from the 2005-2006 DUMA survey]