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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Australia is

2016: 3,150,0001 2 3 4
2012: 3,010,0005 4
2011: 2,960,0006 5 4
2010: 2,943,3637 4 8
2007: 2,750,000
2006: 2,918,454
2005: 3,050,0009
1997: 2,500,00010
1996: 3,200,000
1988: 3,500,00011
1975: 2,055,00012

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Australia is

2016: 13.7013 3
2012: 13.67
2011: 13.60
2010: 13.6813 14 8
2007: 13.25
2006: 14.24
2005: 15.09
1997: 13.5813
1996: 17.59
1988: 21.34
1975: 14.92

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn Australia, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2010: 120,79015
2006: 172,42216
2005: 192,00017

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Australia ranked at No. 2518

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Australia ranked at No. 429

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Australia, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2005: 6.2%19
2003: 8.7%19
2000: 8%20
1994: 16.0%19
1992: 15.1%21
1989: 20.1%19 22
1988: 25%23
1979: 20%11

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Australia, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 12.5%21

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Australia, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 6.9%21

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Australia, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 0.3%19
2003: 1.1%
1994: 1.6%19 21
1989: 1.6%19

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Australia is reported to be

2016: 816,0001
2012: 730,0005 24
2011: 734,0001
2010: 873,62525
2007: 731,56717
2006: 478,32626 27
2001: 764,51828 29 17 27
1997: 1,200,00030
1989: 2,381,00022

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Australia is

2016: 3.5513
2012: 3.32
2011: 3.37
2010: 4.06
2007: 3.53
2006: 2.36
2001: 3.96
1997: 6.52
1989: 14.27

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Australia is reported to be

2017: 3,158,7953
2016: 2,890,0001 31
2012: 2,750,0005 24
2011: 2,700,0006 1 32 33
2010: 2,675,78525
2007: 2,500,00017
2006: 2,653,14026 27
2001: 2,165,17028 29 17 27
1997: 2,500,00030 10
1996: 3,200,00027
1989: 4,000,00022
1975: 1,354,700 34

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Australia is

2016: 12.5713 1
2012: 12.49
2011: 12.401
2010: 12.44
2007: 12.05
2006: 12.95
2001: 11.22
1997: 13.58
1996: 17.59
1989: 23.98
1975: 9.84

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,35 but in Australia there are estimated to be

2016: 260,0002 3
2012: 260,0005
2011: 260,0005 36
2010: 267,5797 35 8
2007: 250,000
2006: 265,314

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,35 but in Australia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 1.1313
2012: 1.18
2011: 1.19
2010: 1.24
2007: 1.20
2006: 1.29

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Australia are reported to have 214,52037 firearms

Routine Arming of Police

In Australia, police officers on routine patrol carry one or more firearms38

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Australia are reported to have 69,00039 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 22940
2018: 209
2017: 196
2016: 232
2015: 211
2014: 230
2013: 211
2012: 226
2011: 188
2010: 232
2009: 226
2008: 235
2007: 237
2006: 245
2005: 221
2004: 243
2003: 28941 42
2002: 292
2001: 326
2000: 32442
1999: 347
1998: 312
1997: 428
1996: 516
1995: 470
1994: 516
1993: 513
1992: 608
1991: 618
1990: 595
1989: 549
1988: 674
1987: 694
1986: 677
1985: 682
1984: 675
1983: 644
1982: 689
1981: 618
1980: 687
1979: 685

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.9040
2018: 0.83
2017: 0.79
2016: 0.95
2015: 0.88
2014: 0.97
2013: 0.91
2012: 0.99
2011: 0.83
2010: 1.05
2009: 1.06
2008: 1.12
2007: 1.14
2006: 1.20
2005: 1.09
2004: 1.22
2003: 1.46
2002: 1.49
2001: 1.69
2000: 1.70
1999: 1.84
1998: 1.68
1997: 2.32
1996: 2.84
1995: 2.61
1994: 2.90
1993: 2.91
1992: 3.49
1991: 3.59
1990: 3.51
1989: 3.29
1988: 4.11
1987: 4.30
1986: 4.26
1985: 4.35
1984: 4.35
1983: 4.20
1982: 4.54
1981: 4.14
1980: 4.70
1979: 3.29

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 21140
2018: 199
2017: 180
2016: 212
2015: 202
2014: 211
2013: 195
2012: 209
2011: 174
2010: 210
2009: 210
2008: 212
2007: 220

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.6740
2018: 1.59
2017: 1.47
2016: 1.75
2015: 1.70
2014: 1.80
2013: 1.68
2012: 1.83
2011: 1.55
2010: 1.90
2009: 1.97
2008: 2.01
2007: 2.12

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 1840
2018: 1043
2017: 16
2016: 20
2015: 9
2014: 19
2013: 16
2012: 17
2011: 14
2010: 22
2009: 16
2008: 23
2007: 17

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1440
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.13
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.14
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.22
2007: 0.16

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 24440
2018: 243
2017: 202
2016: 262
2015: 282
2014: 272
2013: 248
2012: 28544 45 46
2011: 24344 47 45 46 48 49
2010: 258
2009: 272
2008: 25144 47 50 51 46 48
2007: 216
2006: 256
2005: 199
2004: 164
2003: 27847 50 51 46 48
2002: 291
2001: 30050 51 46 48
2000: 34051 46 48
1999: 34151 48
1998: 312
1997: 319
1996: 358
1995: 342
1994: 34251
1993: 360
1992: 331
1991: 351
1990: 331

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.9640
2018: 0.97
2017: 0.82
2016: 1.07
2015: 1.18
2014: 1.15
2013: 1.06
2012: 1.24
2011: 1.08
2010: 1.16
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.19
2007: 1.04
2006: 1.25
2005: 0.98
2004: 0.82
2003: 1.41
2002: 1.49
2001: 1.55
2000: 1.78
1999: 1.8152 48
1998: 1.68
1997: 1.73
1996: 1.97
1995: 1.90
1994: 1.9252
1993: 2.04
1992: 1.90
1991: 2.04
1990: 1.95

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 17340
2018: 165
2017: 139
2016: 176
2015: 189
2014: 170
2013: 160
2012: 198
2011: 152
2010: 166
2009: 192
2008: 158
2007: 138

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.3740
2018: 1.32
2017: 1.13
2016: 1.45
2015: 1.59
2014: 1.45
2013: 1.38
2012: 1.74
2011: 1.36
2010: 1.50
2009: 1.80
2008: 1.50
2007: 1.33

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 7140
2018: 78
2017: 63
2016: 86
2015: 93
2014: 102
2013: 88
2012: 87
2011: 91
2010: 92
2009: 80
2008: 93
2007: 78

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.5540
2018: 0.61
2017: 0.50
2016: 0.70
2015: 0.77
2014: 0.86
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.76
2011: 0.80
2010: 0.83
2009: 0.75
2008: 0.89
2007: 0.75

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2019: 3940
2018: 3043
2017: 25
2016: 43
2015: 27
2014: 42
2013: 39
2012: 4244 53 46
2011: 32
2010: 39
2009: 3744 47 50 54 46 48
2008: 2744 47 50 46 48
2007: 2644 47 50 46 48 55
2006: 4144 47 50 46 48
2005: 1944 47 50 46 48 56
2004: 1744 47 50 48
2003: 5447 50 57 42 48
2002: 4547 50 57 42 48
2001: 4750 57 42 48
2000: 5757 42 48
1999: 50
1998: 57
1997: 79
1996: 104
1995: 67
1994: 7657 42
1993: 64
1992: 96
1991: 84
1990: 79
1989: 80
1988: 123

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1540
2018: 0.12
2017: 0.10
2016: 0.18
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.18
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.2752 57 48
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.24
2000: 0.3057 48
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.30
1997: 0.43
1996: 0.57
1995: 0.37
1994: 0.4357
1993: 0.36
1992: 0.55
1991: 0.49
1990: 0.46
1989: 0.48
1988: 0.74

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Australia, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2019: 16%40
2018: 12%
2017: 12%
2016: 16%
2015: 10%
2014: 15%
2013: 16%
2012: 16%58 46
2011: 12%58 46 49
2010: 12%58 46
2009: 13%58 46
2008: 12%
2007: 9%
2006: 14%
2005: 15%
2004: 17%58
2003: 15%
2002: 14%
2001: 21%58 46
2000: 20%58 48
1999: 18%
1998: 21%
1997: 22%
1996: 22%
1995: 25%
1994: 19%58
1993: 25%
1992: 20%
1991: 21%
1990: 25%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 3040
2018: 2543
2017: 18
2016: 33
2015: 2159
2014: 30
2013: 30
2012: 34
2011: 26
2010: 31
2009: 29
2008: 18
2007: 18

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.2440
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.27
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.26
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.27
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.17

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 940
2018: 543
2017: 7
2016: 10
2015: 659
2014: 12
2013: 9
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 8
2009: 8
2008: 9
2007: 8

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0740
2018: 0.04
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.08

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Australia, annual handgun homicides total

2019: 1340
2018: 4
2017: 4
2016: 12
2015: 8
2014: 9
2013: 9
2012: 4
2011: 644 47
2010: 644 47 50
2009: 9
2008: 7
2007: 1
2006: 14
2005: 444
2004: 2
2003: 647 50
2002: 12
2001: 1350

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0540
2018: 0.02
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.05
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.06
2001: 0.07

Male Handgun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male handgun homicides total

2019: 1240
2018: 3
2017: 3
2016: 9
2015: 8
2014: 7
2013: 9
2012: 4
2011: 5
2010: 6

Rate of Male Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0940
2018: 0.02
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.05

Female Handgun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female handgun homicides total

2019: 140
2018: 1
2017: 1
2016: 3
2015: 0
2014: 2
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0

Rate of Female Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.02
2015: 0
2014: 0.02
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.01
2010: 0

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Australia, annual long gun homicides total

2019: 2340
2018: 16
2017: 16
2016: 26
2015: 17
2014: 28
2013: 21
2012: 14
2011: 1744 47
2010: 2244 47 50
2009: 18
2008: 11
2007: 14
2006: 15
2005: 10
2004: 5
2003: 2447 50
2002: 20
2001: 1050

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0940
2018: 0.06
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.11
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.12
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.10
2001: 0.05

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male long gun homicides total

2019: 1740
2018: 12
2017: 10
2016: 19
2015: 11
2014: 18
2013: 13
2012: 10
2011: 13
2010: 14

Rate of Male Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1340
2018: 0.10
2017: 0.08
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.09
2014: 0.15
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.13

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female long gun homicides total

2019: 640
2018: 4
2017: 6
2016: 7
2015: 6
2014: 10
2013: 8
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 8

Rate of Female Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0540
2018: 0.03
2017: 0.05
2016: 0.06
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.07

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Australia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2019: 340
2018: 10
2017: 5
2016: 5
2015: 2
2014: 5
2013: 9
2012: 24
2011: 944 47
2010: 1144 47 50
2009: 1044 47 50
2008: 9
2007: 11
2006: 12
2005: 5
2004: 10
2003: 2447 50
2002: 13
2001: 2450

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0.04
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.12

Male Gun Homicides (Other) Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male gun homicides (other) total

2019: 140
2018: 10
2017: 5
2016: 5
2015: 2
2014: 5
2013: 8
2012: 20
2011: 8
2010: 11

Rate of Male Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male gun homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.04
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.07
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.10

Female Gun Homicides (Other) Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female gun homicides (other) total

2019: 240
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 0

Rate of Female Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female gun homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.01
2010: 0

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual suicides by any means total

2019: 3,31740
2018: 3,134
2017: 3,281
2016: 2,905
2015: 3,093
2014: 2,919
2013: 2,608
2012: 2,580
2011: 2,39260 61
2010: 2,478
2009: 2,335
2008: 2,340
2007: 2,227
2006: 2,118
2005: 2,101
2004: 2,098
2003: 2,21361 62 57
2002: 2,320
2001: 2,45462 57
2000: 2,36357
1999: 2,492
1998: 2,683
1997: 2,720
1996: 2,393
1995: 2,368
1994: 2,258
1993: 2,081
1992: 2,294
1991: 2,360
1990: 2,161
1989: 2,096
1988: 2,197

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 12.9940
2018: 12.45
2017: 13.24
2016: 11.91
2015: 12.90
2014: 12.35
2013: 11.19
2012: 11.25
2011: 10.62
2010: 11.18
2009: 10.98
2008: 11.14
2007: 10.73
2006: 10.34
2005: 10.38
2004: 10.49
2003: 11.2052 57
2002: 11.88
2001: 12.72
2000: 12.3457
1999: 13.17
1998: 14.34
1997: 14.69
1996: 13.07
1995: 13.10
1994: 12.65
1993: 11.78
1992: 13.11
1991: 13.65
1990: 12.66
1989: 12.47
1988: 13.29

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual male suicides by any means total

2019: 2,50240
2018: 2,388
2017: 2,448
2016: 2,169
2015: 2,329
2014: 2,205
2013: 1,944
2012: 1,930
2011: 1,811
2010: 1,912
2009: 1,783
2008: 1,832
2007: 1,698

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 19.7640
2018: 19.13
2017: 19.93
2016: 17.93
2015: 19.56
2014: 18.77
2013: 16.78
2012: 16.92
2011: 16.16
2010: 17.33
2009: 16.74
2008: 17.41
2007: 16.34

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual female suicides by any means total

2019: 81540
2018: 746
2017: 833
2016: 736
2015: 764
2014: 714
2013: 664
2012: 650
2011: 581
2010: 566
2009: 552
2008: 508
2007: 529

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 6.3340
2018: 5.88
2017: 6.67
2016: 5.99
2015: 6.32
2014: 6
2013: 5.67
2012: 5.64
2011: 5.13
2010: 5.08
2009: 5.20
2008: 4.84
2007: 5.11

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Australia, annual firearm suicides total

2019: 18040
2018: 172
2017: 167
2016: 182
2015: 180
2014: 181
2013: 168
2012: 177
2011: 14460 61
2010: 171
2009: 174
2008: 183
2007: 190
2006: 181
2005: 147
2004: 167
2003: 19361 62 57 42
2002: 217
2001: 26162 57 42
2000: 22257 42
1999: 269
1998: 235
1997: 329
1996: 382
1995: 388
1994: 420
1993: 431
1992: 488
1991: 505
1990: 486
1989: 450
1988: 521

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.7040
2018: 0.68
2017: 0.67
2016: 0.75
2015: 0.75
2014: 0.77
2013: 0.72
2012: 0.77
2011: 0.64
2010: 0.77
2009: 0.82
2008: 0.87
2007: 0.92
2006: 0.88
2005: 0.73
2004: 0.84
2003: 0.9852 57
2002: 1.11
2001: 1.35
2000: 1.1657
1999: 1.42
1998: 1.26
1997: 1.78
1996: 2.09
1995: 2.15
1994: 2.35
1993: 2.44
1992: 2.79
1991: 2.92
1990: 2.85
1989: 2.68
1988: 3.15

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male firearm suicides total

2019: 17240
2018: 168
2017: 159
2016: 172
2015: 177
2014: 176
2013: 161
2012: 169
2011: 137
2010: 157
2009: 166
2008: 171
2007: 182

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.3640
2018: 1.35
2017: 1.29
2016: 1.42
2015: 1.49
2014: 1.50
2013: 1.39
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.22
2010: 1.42
2009: 1.56
2008: 1.63
2007: 1.75

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female firearm suicides total

2019: 840
2018: 443
2017: 8
2016: 10
2015: 359
2014: 5
2013: 7
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 14
2009: 8
2008: 12
2007: 8

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0640
2018: 0.03
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.08

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Australia, annual handgun suicides total

2019: 2440
2018: 28
2017: 26
2016: 21
2015: 26
2014: 17
2013: 24
2012: 12
2011: 1760 61
2010: 1860 61 62
2009: 17
2008: 25
2007: 15
2006: 15
2005: 14
2004: 13
2003: 2561 62
2002: 24
2001: 3462

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0940
2018: 0.11
2017: 0.10
2016: 0.09
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.07
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.07
2005: 0.07
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.12
2001: 0.18

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male handgun suicides total

2019: 2140
2018: 27
2017: 24
2016: 19
2015: 25
2014: 17
2013: 21
2012: 10
2011: 16
2010: 15

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1740
2018: 0.22
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.21
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.14

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female handgun suicides total

2019: 340
2018: 1
2017: 2
2016: 2
2015: 1
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 3

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.03

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Australia, the number of long gun suicides is

2019: 14940
2018: 129
2017: 138
2016: 161
2015: 154
2014: 139
2013: 135
2012: 135
2011: 11660 61
2010: 14160 61 62
2009: 139
2008: 140
2007: 146
2006: 150
2005: 127
2004: 99
2003: 13361 62
2002: 165
2001: 17362

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.5840
2018: 0.51
2017: 0.56
2016: 0.66
2015: 0.64
2014: 0.59
2013: 0.58
2012: 0.59
2011: 0.52
2010: 0.64
2009: 0.65
2008: 0.67
2007: 0.70
2006: 0.73
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.50
2003: 0.67
2002: 0.84
2001: 0.90

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male long gun suicides total

2019: 14540
2018: 126
2017: 132
2016: 153
2015: 152
2014: 135
2013: 131
2012: 130
2011: 110
2010: 130

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.1540
2018: 1.01
2017: 1.07
2016: 1.26
2015: 1.28
2014: 1.15
2013: 1.13
2012: 1.14
2011: 0.98
2010: 1.18

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female long gun suicides total

2019: 440
2018: 3
2017: 6
2016: 8
2015: 2
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 5
2011: 6
2010: 11

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0340
2018: 0.02
2017: 0.05
2016: 0.07
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.03
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.10

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Australia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2019: 740
2018: 15
2017: 3
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 25
2013: 9
2012: 30
2011: 1160 61
2010: 1260 61 62
2009: 18
2008: 18
2007: 29
2006: 16
2005: 6
2004: 55
2003: 3561 62
2002: 28
2001: 5462

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0340
2018: 0.06
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.0352
2015: 0
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.08
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.28
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.28

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2019: 640
2018: 15
2017: 3
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 24
2013: 9
2012: 29
2011: 11
2010: 12

Rate of Male Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0540
2018: 0.12
2017: 0.02
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.25
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.11

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2019: 140
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Female Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2019: 440
2018: 143
2017: 3
2016: 4
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 763 64
2010: 1163 64 65
2009: 7
2008: 5
2007: 4
2006: 8
2005: 50
2004: 54
2003: 4064 65 57 42
2002: 30
2001: 18
2000: 4557 42
1999: 28
1998: 22
1997: 19
1996: 30
1995: 15
1994: 20
1993: 18
1992: 24
1991: 29
1990: 30
1989: 19
1988: 30

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.02
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.25
2004: 0.27
2003: 0.2052 57
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.2357
1999: 0.15
1998: 0.12
1997: 0.10
1996: 0.16
1995: 0.08
1994: 0.11
1993: 0.10
1992: 0.14
1991: 0.17
1990: 0.18
1989: 0.11
1988: 0.18

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2019: 340
2018: 143
2017: 2
2016: 4
2015: 359
2014: 259
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 7
2008: 5
2007: 4

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.03
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.04

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2019: 140
2018: 043
2017: 1
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 2
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 043
2017: 0.01
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.02
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 063
2015: 1
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 063 64
2010: 163 64 65
2009: 0
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 063
2004: 2
2003: 364 65

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0.0052
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.01
2003: 0.02

Unintentional Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 1
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0.01
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.01

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2019: 340
2018: 1
2017: 3
2016: 4
2015: 2
2014: 3
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 763 64
2010: 963 64 65
2009: 5
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 3
2004: 8
2003: 1164 65
2002: 10
2001: 665

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.04
2003: 0.06
2002: 0.05
2001: 0.03

Unintentional Male Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by long gun total

2019: 240
2018: 1
2017: 2
2016: 4
2015: 2
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 7
2010: 9

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0.01
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.08

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by long gun total

2019: 140
2018: 0
2017: 1
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0
2017: 0.01
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2019: 140
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 063
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 063 64
2010: 163 64 65
2009: 2
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 47
2004: 44
2003: 2664 65
2002: 20
2001: 1265

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0.0052
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.23
2004: 0.22
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.10
2001: 0.06

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2019: 140
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0140
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.01
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.01

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 640
2018: 643
2017: 1
2016: 3
2015: 1
2014: 3
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 566 67
2010: 11
2009: 8
2008: 16
2007: 11
2006: 12
2005: 466
2004: 3
2003: 257
2002: 0
1999: 268
1998: 857
1997: 3
1996: 5
1995: 3
1994: 6
1993: 6
1992: 7
1991: 5
1990: 15
1989: 13
1988: 17

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0.02
2017: 0
2016: 0.01
2015: 0
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.05
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.06
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.0157
2002: 0.00
1999: 0.0168
1998: 0.0457
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.03
1995: 0.02
1994: 0.03
1993: 0.03
1992: 0.04
1991: 0.03
1990: 0.09
1989: 0.08
1988: 0.10

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 640
2018: 543
2017: 1
2016: 3
2015: 1
2014: 3
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 11
2009: 8
2008: 14
2007: 10

Rate of Male Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2015: 0.0459
2014: 0.12
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.10

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 143
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 2
2007: 1

Rate of Female Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.0459
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.02
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 1
2016: 2
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 066 67
2010: 266 67 69
2009: 0
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 266
2004: 0

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.00

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual male deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 1
2016: 2
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2

Rate of Male Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause male handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.02
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.02

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual female deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Female Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause female handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 2
2017: 0
2016: 066
2015: 1
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 466 67
2010: 266 67 69
2009: 1
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 266
2004: 2

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0.01
2017: 0
2016: 0.0052
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.02
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.01

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual male deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 1
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 1
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 3
2010: 2

Rate of Male Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause male long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0.01
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual female deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 1
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0

Rate of Female Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause female long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0.01
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.01
2010: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 640
2018: 4
2017: 0
2016: 166
2015: 0
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 166 67
2010: 766 67 69
2009: 7
2008: 11
2007: 8
2006: 9
2005: 066
2004: 1

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0240
2018: 0.02
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0.01
2014: 0.01
2013: 0
2012: 0.02
2011: 0
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.01

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual male deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 640
2018: 4
2017: 0
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 2
2013: 1
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 7

Rate of Male Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause male gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0540
2018: 0.03
2017: 0
2016: 0.01
2015: 0
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.06

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Australia, annual female deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0

Rate of Female Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of unknown-cause female gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2019: 040
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.01
2011: 0
2010: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Australia, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 670
2015: 7
2014: 9
2013: 2
2012: 5
2011: 2
2010: 6
2009: 4
2008: 4
2007: 6
2006: 3
2005: 1
2004: 2
2002: 1071
2001: 4
2000: 572
1999: 473
1998: 774
1997: 775

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Australia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence76 77

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Australia was ranked 'small'78

Home-made Guns

In Australia, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low79 80 81 82

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Australia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law83 84 85

Firearm Exports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms exported from Australia is reported by manufacturers to be

2018: 5,20486
2017: 5,871
2016: 6,112
2015: 4,030
2011: 4,54087
2007: 1,160

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Australia is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 26,000,00088
2015: 87,543,64289
2014: 38,488,325
2013: 76,893,241
2012: 28,498,30689 90
2011: 11,077,63091
2010: 12,000,00092

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Australia was categorized as 'major'93 94 95

Firearm Imports

In Australia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law83 96 84 85

Firearm Imports (Number)

ChartThe annual number of firearms imported to Australia is reported to be

2018: 106,06586 97
2017: 102,613
2016: 97,125
2015: 103,696
2014: 98,35198
2013: 88,185
2012: 90,006
2011: 72,586
2010: 73,701
2009: 57,522
2008: 58,111
2007: 47,820
2006: 39,389
2005: 38,78699 100 101 102 103
2004: 36,980
2003: 40,939
2002: 28,016
2001: 30,666
2000: 33,152
1999: 18,405
1998: 34,837
1997: 89,760
1996: 44,802
1995: 48,751101
1994: 32,928
1993: 35,881
1992: 45,305
1991: 71,675
1990: 57,222
1989: 51,502
1979: 104,149104
1978: 108,854
1977: 194,764
1976: 191,359
1975: 166,364

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

ChartThe annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Australia is reported by Customs to be US$

2016: 174,000,000105
2015: 115,669,47889
2014: 164,400,240
2013: 124,383,473
2012: 122,098,69989 106 107 108 109
2011: 104,812,08091 110 111
2010: 132,000,000112
2001: 62,000,000106

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Australia is low113 79 114 115 80 116 117 118 102 82 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Australia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law128

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Australia include129 130 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Australia scored

2019: 13.50131
2018: 12.50132
2017: 12.00133
2016: 12.25134
2014: 11.25135
2013: 10.25136
2012: 10.00137
2011: 10.25138
2010: 10.25139
2009: 10.25140
2008: 11.25141
2007: 11.25142
2006: 10.00143
2005: 11.25144
2004: 11.25145

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Australia is categorised as restrictive146

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Australia includes the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) of 1996147 and 2017,148 the National Firearms Trafficking Policy Agreement (NFTPA) 2002,149 the National Handgun Agreement (NHA) 2002,150 and the Firearms Acts and Regulations of each State and Territory151

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Australia are regulated by the local State and Territory authorities152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159

Right to Possess Firearms

In Australia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law160 161 162 163 164

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Australia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic and semi-automatic firearms, self-loading and pump action shotguns, handguns with a calibre in excess of .38in with only narrow exemptions, semi-automatic handguns with a barrel length less than 120mm, and revolvers with a barrel length less than 100mm147 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Australia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable collector's, display, or museum guns147 165 167 168 169 170 175 176 173 174 49

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and their lookalikes is prohibited in all but exceptional circumstances165 167 168 169 170 171 172 177

Regulation of Handguns

In Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions165 178 166 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 49

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law165 167 168 169 170 171 172 177 49

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Australia, only licensed gun owners187 188 189 190 155 191 192 193 194 49 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Australia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership, hunting, target shooting, firearm collection, pest control, and narrow occupational uses.195 196 197 198 199 200 201 202 203
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason204 205 206

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Australia is 18 years, or as young as 11 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately licensed adult187 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Australia must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, addiction, domestic violence, residential and other215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 49 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories in some jurisdictions224 225 226 227

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Australia stipulates215 228 229 218 230 220 231 222 232 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Australia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required233 234 235 236 237 221 238 239 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Australia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years depending on the licence category187 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247

Licensing Records

In Australia, authorities maintain a record248 249 250 251 252 253 254 255 256 257 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Australia are permitted to possess only the number and type of firearms specified on their licence or acquisition permit196 258 259 260 261 155 262 263 264 262 265

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Australia are permitted to possess ammunition only for those firearms for which the purchaser is licensed, with a limit on the quantity of ammunition that may be purchased in a given period266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 265

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Australia, the law requires274 275 248 256 251 250 253 255 254 257 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Australia, licensed firearm dealers are required276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 257 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Australia, licensed gun makers are required284 257 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Australia, State agencies are required285 286 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Australia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police266 287 288 289 290 291 292 293

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful266 294 295 296 297 298 299 300 301

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Australia is obliged266 215 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Australia is obliged266 215 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Australia, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to one firearm per acquisition permit, in accordance with the particular firearm licence category258 259 302 261 303 262 304 264 262 265

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Australia is reported to be

1999: 1,581305
1998: 1,223306

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days for a first sale or transfer, with exemptions in some states and territories for subsequent acquisition of the same type of firearm for which the owner already holds a licence258 307 302 308 309 310 221 311 312

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events in some jurisdictions, are regulated313 314 315 316 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Australia include317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Australia include326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Australia include286 285 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Australia include334 335 336 337 338 339 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Australia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.204 205 340 341 342 343 344 206 49

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Australia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.204 205 340 341 342 343 344 206 49

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm345 is 20 years in prison, depending on the jurisdiction and category of firearm346 189 190 347 348 192 193 194 349

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Pacific Islands Forum

As a member of the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia adopted the March, 2000 Nadi Framework agreement, which aims to harmonise small arms-related legislation across Oceania. In August 2003, the Nadi Framework’s draft model Weapons Control Bill was unanimously accepted for consideration by all 16 member states of the Pacific Islands Forum350 351

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006352 by Australia.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified353 by Australia

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed, but not yet ratified354 by Australia

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Australia committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects355

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Australia against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 22356 357 358 359 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Australia has submitted one or more national reports360 361 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Australia, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated362 361

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Australia, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated362 361

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Australia submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent362 361 363

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated364 365 366 367 368 369 370 371 by Australia to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Australia has declared372 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Australia has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945373

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists374 Australia as a Participating State

BackgroundSustainable Development Goal Profile

About SDG 16

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals set by the United Nations to be implemented by all member states by 2030. Adopted in 2015, they outline a vision of development in which peace and security are an integral part. SDG 16,375 which seeks to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development,” includes targets and indicators focused on reducing violence (Target 16.1) and the proliferation of illicit arms (Target 16.4). The indicators – or measurement criteria – of these targets include the number of victims of intentional homicide (Indicator 16.1.1), the number of conflict-related deaths (Indicator 16.1.2), and the number of illicit firearms collected and traced (Indicator 16.4.2). In light of these targets and indicators, GunPolicy.org provides granular national data pertaining to homicides, gun homicides, conflict deaths, disarmament efforts, and marking and tracing.

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 24440
2018: 243
2017: 202
2016: 262
2015: 282
2014: 272
2013: 248
2012: 28544 45 46
2011: 24344 47 45 46 48 49
2010: 258
2009: 272
2008: 25144 47 50 51 46 48
2007: 216
2006: 256
2005: 199
2004: 164
2003: 27847 50 51 46 48
2002: 291
2001: 30050 51 46 48
2000: 34051 46 48
1999: 34151 48
1998: 312
1997: 319
1996: 358
1995: 342
1994: 34251
1993: 360
1992: 331
1991: 351
1990: 331

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.9640
2018: 0.97
2017: 0.82
2016: 1.07
2015: 1.18
2014: 1.15
2013: 1.06
2012: 1.24
2011: 1.08
2010: 1.16
2009: 1.28
2008: 1.19
2007: 1.04
2006: 1.25
2005: 0.98
2004: 0.82
2003: 1.41
2002: 1.49
2001: 1.55
2000: 1.78
1999: 1.8152 48
1998: 1.68
1997: 1.73
1996: 1.97
1995: 1.90
1994: 1.9252
1993: 2.04
1992: 1.90
1991: 2.04
1990: 1.95

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 17340
2018: 165
2017: 139
2016: 176
2015: 189
2014: 170
2013: 160
2012: 198
2011: 152
2010: 166
2009: 192
2008: 158
2007: 138

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.3740
2018: 1.32
2017: 1.13
2016: 1.45
2015: 1.59
2014: 1.45
2013: 1.38
2012: 1.74
2011: 1.36
2010: 1.50
2009: 1.80
2008: 1.50
2007: 1.33

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Australia, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 7140
2018: 78
2017: 63
2016: 86
2015: 93
2014: 102
2013: 88
2012: 87
2011: 91
2010: 92
2009: 80
2008: 93
2007: 78

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.5540
2018: 0.61
2017: 0.50
2016: 0.70
2015: 0.77
2014: 0.86
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.76
2011: 0.80
2010: 0.83
2009: 0.75
2008: 0.89
2007: 0.75

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2019: 3940
2018: 3043
2017: 25
2016: 43
2015: 27
2014: 42
2013: 39
2012: 4244 53 46
2011: 32
2010: 39
2009: 3744 47 50 54 46 48
2008: 2744 47 50 46 48
2007: 2644 47 50 46 48 55
2006: 4144 47 50 46 48
2005: 1944 47 50 46 48 56
2004: 1744 47 50 48
2003: 5447 50 57 42 48
2002: 4547 50 57 42 48
2001: 4750 57 42 48
2000: 5757 42 48
1999: 50
1998: 57
1997: 79
1996: 104
1995: 67
1994: 7657 42
1993: 64
1992: 96
1991: 84
1990: 79
1989: 80
1988: 123

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1540
2018: 0.12
2017: 0.10
2016: 0.18
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.18
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.17
2008: 0.13
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.09
2003: 0.2752 57 48
2002: 0.23
2001: 0.24
2000: 0.3057 48
1999: 0.26
1998: 0.30
1997: 0.43
1996: 0.57
1995: 0.37
1994: 0.4357
1993: 0.36
1992: 0.55
1991: 0.49
1990: 0.46
1989: 0.48
1988: 0.74

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Australia, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2019: 16%40
2018: 12%
2017: 12%
2016: 16%
2015: 10%
2014: 15%
2013: 16%
2012: 16%58 46
2011: 12%58 46 49
2010: 12%58 46
2009: 13%58 46
2008: 12%
2007: 9%
2006: 14%
2005: 15%
2004: 17%58
2003: 15%
2002: 14%
2001: 21%58 46
2000: 20%58 48
1999: 18%
1998: 21%
1997: 22%
1996: 22%
1995: 25%
1994: 19%58
1993: 25%
1992: 20%
1991: 21%
1990: 25%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 3040
2018: 2543
2017: 18
2016: 33
2015: 2159
2014: 30
2013: 30
2012: 34
2011: 26
2010: 31
2009: 29
2008: 18
2007: 18

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.2440
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.27
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.26
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.27
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.17

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Australia, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 940
2018: 543
2017: 7
2016: 10
2015: 659
2014: 12
2013: 9
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 8
2009: 8
2008: 9
2007: 8

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Australia, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0740
2018: 0.04
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.08
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.08

Conflict Deaths

For a profile of conflict in Australia, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Disarmament

Authorities in Australia are known to have376 377 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Australia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2017: 56,553378
2016: 36,265
2015: 3,000379
2014: 3,000380
2012: 3,485381 382 383 384
2011: 5,922382 383 384
2010: 5,798382 383
2008/11: 4,000385 383
2006: 5,15717 383
2004: 68,727386 387
1987/2015: 1,121,577388 376 377 389

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Australia, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2017: 20,174390
2015: 17,081391
2012: 3,485382
2011: 3,857
2010: 3,109
1987/2015: 1,121,577388 376 377 389

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Australia, it is not state policy392 393 394 395 396 397 398 399 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law77

Firearm Tracing

In Australia, state authorities carry out400 401 402 403 404 405 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Australia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not406 407 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

To see where Australia ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index, and then click on Australia on the map or in the "Select Country" menu on the right of the web page


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