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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 New South Wales is

2021: 1,133,1631 2 3
2020: 1,125,014
2019: 1,108,565
2018: 1,098,952
2017: 1,062,846
2016: 1,012,045
2015: 959,371
2014: 902,110*4
2013: 864,262
2012: 839,695
2011: 819,308
2010: 770,000
2008: 755,852
2007: 729,753
2005: 715,204
2004: 660,000
2001: 568,115
1999: 1,092,850
1975: 830,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2021: 14.006 7 3
2020: 13.77
2019: 13.71
2018: 13.77
2017: 13.51
2016: 13.09
2015: 12.60
2014: 12.01*4
2013: 11.76
2012: 11.43
2011: 11.30
2010: 10.59
2008: 10.73
2007: 10.53
2005: 10.51
2004: 9.76
2001: 8.55
1999: 16.94
1975: 17.336

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

ChartIn New South Wales, the number of handguns in civilian possession is reported to be

2016: 33,0258
2012: 27,9569
2011: 40,49710
2010: 38,75211
2006: 34,66312
2004: 42,12713 14

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In New South Wales, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

1975: 19.9%15

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in New South Wales is reported to be

2022: 247,20916
2021: 242,74017
2020: 241,18318
2019: 239,96319 20
2018: 236,95121
2017: 234,951
2016: 229,11221 8
2015: 215,46222
2014: 199,380*4
2013: 199,38023
2012: 190,8449 24
2011: 185,11810 25 26
2010: 177,67522 27
2007: 171,35028
2004: 185,00029 30
2002: 186,29626
2001: 171,87331 26 28
1996: 200,00026 9

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in New South Wales is

2021: 3.006
2020: 2.95
2019: 2.97
2018: 2.94
2017: 2.97
2016: 3.00
2015: 2.83
2014: 2.66*4
2013: 2.71
2012: 2.60
2011: 2.55
2010: 2.44
2007: 2.47
2004: 2.74
2002: 2.79
2001: 2.6131
1996: 3.206

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in New South Wales is reported to be

2022: 1,066,23932
2021: 1,030,14833
2020: 1,022,74034
2019: 1,007,78635 20
2018: 999,04721
2017: 966,224
2016: 920,04121 8 36
2015: 872,155
2014: 820,100*4
2013: 785,69323
2012: 763,3599 37 24
2011: 744,82510
2010: 700,00038
2008: 687,13839 40
2007: 663,41228
2005: 650,18540
2004: 600,00029 30
2001: 516,46831 28
1999: 993,50041

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in New South Wales is

2021: 12.736
2020: 12.52
2019: 12.46
2018: 12.52
2017: 12.21
2016: 11.90
2015: 11.45
2014: 10.92*4
2013: 10.69
2012: 10.39
2011: 10.28
2010: 9.63
2008: 9.76
2007: 9.58
2005: 9.56
2004: 8.88
2001: 7.8531
1999: 15.406

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,42 but in New South Wales there are estimated to be

2021: 103,0151 42 3
2020: 102,274
2019: 100,799
2018: 99,905
2017: 96,622
2016: 92,004
2015: 87,216
2014: 82,010
2013: 78,569
2012: 76,336
2011: 74,483
2010: 70,000
2008: 68,714
2007: 66,341
2005: 65,019
2004: 60,000
2001: 51,647
1999: 99,350

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,42 but in New South Wales the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2021: 1.276
2020: 1.25
2019: 1.25
2018: 1.25
2017: 1.23
2016: 1.19
2015: 1.15
2014: 1.09*4
2013: 1.07
2012: 1.04
2011: 1.03
2010: 0.96
2008: 0.98
2007: 0.96
2005: 0.96
2004: 0.89
2001: 0.78
1999: 1.54

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 6143
2018: 6544
2017: 63
2016: 70
2015: 76
2014: 85
2013: 71
2012: 66
2011: 59
2010: 58
2009: 65
2008: 77
2007: 67
2006: 73
2005: 80
2004: 73
2003: 101
2002: 90
2001: 100
2000: 72
1999: 95

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.7543
2018: 0.81
2017: 0.80
2016: 0.90
2015: 0.99
2014: 1.12
2013: 0.95
2012: 0.90
2011: 0.81
2010: 0.81
2009: 0.92
2008: 1.11
2007: 0.98
2006: 1.08
2005: 1.20
2004: 1.10
2003: 1.53
2002: 1.37
2001: 1.53
2000: 1.12
1999: 1.49

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 6543
2018: 62
2017: 54
2016: 66
2015: 72
2014: 69
2013: 69
2012: 66
2011: 57
2010: 57
2009: 58

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.6143
2018: 1.55
2017: 1.37
2016: 1.71
2015: 1.89
2014: 1.84
2013: 1.87
2012: 1.81
2011: 1.58
2010: 1.60
2009: 1.64

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 443
2018: 7
2017: 12
2016: 4
2015: 5
2014: 12
2013: 6
2012: 11
2011: 8
2010: 8
2009: 7

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1043
2018: 0.17
2017: 0.30
2016: 0.10
2015: 0.13
2014: 0.31
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.20

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 8545
2019: 7043
2018: 6844
2017: 43
2016: 77
2015: 75
2014: 88
2013: 85
2012: 7446 47
2011: 87
2010: 7846 48
2009: 90
2008: 8046 49
2007: 66
2006: 80
2005: 65
2004: 60
2003: 94
2002: 93
2001: 11749
2000: 113
1999: 117
1998: 112
1997: 108
1996: 118
1995: 95
1994: 132
1993: 125
1992: 115
1991: 134
1990: 104

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.1545
2019: 0.8643
2018: 0.85
2017: 0.54
2016: 0.99
2015: 0.98
2014: 1.16
2013: 1.14
2012: 1.01
2011: 1.20
2010: 1.09
2009: 1.27
2008: 1.15
2007: 0.97
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.95
2004: 0.90
2003: 1.42
2002: 1.41
2001: 1.79
2000: 1.75
1999: 1.84
1998: 1.78
1997: 1.73
1996: 1.91
1995: 1.56
1994: 2.18
1993: 2.09
1992: 1.93
1991: 2.27
1990: 1.78

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 5745
2019: 4743
2018: 5044
2017: 28
2016: 55
2015: 52
2014: 54
2013: 57
2012: 55
2011: 52
2010: 56
2009: 64

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

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

2020: 1.4245
2019: 1.1643
2018: 1.25
2017: 0.71
2016: 1.42
2015: 1.37
2014: 1.44
2013: 1.54
2012: 1.51
2011: 1.44
2010: 1.57
2009: 1.81

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 3745
2019: 2343
2018: 1844
2017: 15
2016: 22
2015: 23
2014: 34
2013: 28
2012: 19
2011: 35
2010: 22
2009: 26

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

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

2020: 0.9045
2019: 0.5643
2018: 0.44
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.51
2011: 0.96
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.73

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 850
2019: 443
2018: 744
2017: 11
2016: 13
2015: 14
2014: 25
2013: 19
2012: 14
2011: 10
2010: 12
2009: 1546 51
2008: 746 52
2007: 1046 53
2006: 1546 54
2005: 1346 55
2004: 1146 56
2003: 2946 57
2002: 2246 58

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0543
2018: 0.09
2017: 0.14
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.33
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.44
2002: 0.33

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 543
2018: 8
2017: 8
2016: 10
2015: 12
2014: 16
2013: 18
2012: 15
2011: 10
2010: 10
2009: 10

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1243
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.26
2015: 0.32
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.49
2012: 0.41
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.28

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 443
2018: 3
2017: 3
2016: 3
2015: 3
2014: 8
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 5

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1043
2018: 0.07
2017: 0.08
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.14

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 446
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 4
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 4
2006: 9
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 5
2002: 8

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0559
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.06
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.08
2002: 0.12

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 146
2015: 5
2014: 7
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 7
2009: 7
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 6
2004: 3
2003: 12
2002: 8

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0159
2015: 0.07
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.01
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.10
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.09
2005: 0.09
2004: 0.05
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.12

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 1046
2015: 10
2014: 7
2013: 12
2012: 11
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 6
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 3
2004: 7
2003: 12
2002: 6

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

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

2016: 0.1359
2015: 0.13
2014: 0.09
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.03
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.04
2004: 0.11
2003: 0.18
2002: 0.19

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual suicides by any means total

2019: 93743
2018: 89744
2017: 929
2016: 821
2015: 839
2014: 832
2013: 716
2012: 727
2011: 616
2010: 674
2009: 623
2008: 620
2007: 611
2006: 57760 61
2005: 549
2004: 587
2003: 640
2002: 692
2001: 79261
2000: 739
1999: 854
1998: 832
1997: 950
1996: 817
1995: 748
1994: 799
1993: 679
1992: 740
1991: 740
1990: 690
1989: 699
1988: 695
1987: 684

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2019: 11.5243
2018: 11.16
2017: 11.73
2016: 10.52
2015: 10.94
2014: 11
2013: 9.60
2012: 9.89
2011: 8.49
2010: 9.39
2009: 8.77
2008: 8.93
2007: 8.94
2006: 8.5659 62
2005: 8.20
2004: 8.83
2003: 9.67
2002: 10.52
2001: 12.062
2000: 11.4
1999: 13.3
1998: 13.1
1997: 15.1
1996: 13.2
1995: 12.2
1994: 13.2
1993: 11.4
1992: 12.5
1991: 12.8
1990: 12.0
1989: 12.3
1988: 12.4
1987: 12.6

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male suicides by any means total

2019: 71643
2018: 68244
2017: 717
2016: 623
2015: 637
2014: 620
2013: 523
2012: 526
2011: 464
2010: 520
2009: 466

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

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

2019: 17.7443
2018: 17.10
2017: 18.26
2016: 16.11
2015: 16.75
2014: 16.53
2013: 14.14
2012: 14.41
2011: 12.87
2010: 14.58
2009: 13.21

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female suicides by any means total

2019: 22143
2018: 21544
2017: 212
2016: 198
2015: 202
2014: 212
2013: 193
2012: 201
2011: 152
2010: 154
2009: 157

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

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

2019: 5.4043
2018: 5.31
2017: 5.31
2016: 5.03
2015: 5.22
2014: 5.56
2013: 5.14
2012: 5.43
2011: 4.16
2010: 4.26
2009: 4.39

Gun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual firearm suicides total

2019: 5043
2018: 5344
2017: 51
2016: 5660
2015: 59
2014: 53
2013: 50
2012: 48
2011: 42
2010: 32
2009: 39
2008: 4960 63
2007: 44
2006: 43
2005: 37
2004: 40
2003: 54
2002: 59
2001: 9463
2000: 55
1999: 88

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.6143
2018: 0.66
2017: 0.64
2016: 0.72
2015: 0.77
2014: 0.70
2013: 0.67
2012: 0.65
2011: 0.58
2010: 0.45
2009: 0.55
2008: 0.71
2007: 0.64
2006: 0.64
2005: 0.55
2004: 0.60
2003: 0.82
2002: 0.90
2001: 1.44
2000: 0.85
1999: 1.38

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male firearm suicides total

2019: 5143
2018: 5144
2017: 46
2016: 54
2015: 58
2014: 51
2013: 48
2012: 45
2011: 39
2010: 31
2009: 37

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 1.2643
2018: 1.28
2017: 1.17
2016: 1.40
2015: 1.52
2014: 1.36
2013: 1.30
2012: 1.23
2011: 1.08
2010: 0.87
2009: 1.05

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female firearm suicides total

2019: 043
2018: 3
2017: 6
2016: 1
2015: 2
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 2

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 043
2018: 0.07
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.03
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.10
2013: 0.11
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.06

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 560
2015: 6
2014: 1
2013: 9
2012: 4
2011: 7
2010: 5
2009: 8
2008: 8
2007: 7
2006: 7
2005: 1
2004: 1
2003: 6
2002: 5

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0659
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.10
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.11
2008: 0.12
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.01
2004: 0.02
2003: 0.09
2002: 0.08

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn New South Wales, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 4560
2015: 41
2014: 31
2013: 36
2012: 26
2011: 32
2010: 25
2009: 25
2008: 31
2007: 24
2006: 33
2005: 32
2004: 22
2003: 39
2002: 50

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.5859
2015: 0.54
2014: 0.41
2013: 0.49
2012: 0.36
2011: 0.44
2010: 0.35
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.45
2007: 0.35
2006: 0.49
2005: 0.48
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.59
2002: 0.76

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 660
2015: 8
2014: 16
2013: 6
2012: 19
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 10
2007: 13
2006: 3
2005: 4
2004: 17
2003: 9
2002: 4

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

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

2016: 0.0859
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.26
2003: 0.14
2002: 0.06

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2019: 243
2018: 044
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 764 63
2007: 6
2006: 3
2005: 30
2004: 22
2003: 14
2002: 9
2001: 663
2000: 17
1999: 7

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0243
2018: 044
2017: 0.01
2016: 0.01
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.45
2004: 0.33
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.09
2000: 0.26
1999: 0.11

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2019: 443
2018: 044
2017: 0
2016: 2
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 3
2009: 2

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1043
2018: 044
2017: 0
2016: 0.05
2015: 0
2014: 0.03
2013: 0
2012: 0.11
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.06

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2019: 043
2018: 044
2017: 3
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2019: 043
2018: 044
2017: 0.08
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0.03
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 064
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 2
2003: 3

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0059
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.05

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2016: 464
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 3
2011: 1
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0559
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.01
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.04
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2016: 064
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 28
2004: 18
2003: 9
2002: 9

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

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

2016: 059
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.04
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.04
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.42
2004: 0.27
2003: 0.14
2002: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 543
2018: 544
2017: 0
2016: 065
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 2
2012: 2
2011: 5
2010: 11
2009: 9
2008: 14
2007: 7
2006: 12
2005: 0
2003: 4

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

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

2019: 0.0643
2018: 0.06
2017: 0
2016: 0.0059
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.05
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.03
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.18
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.06

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 543
2018: 3
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 2
2014: 1
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 7
2010: 13
2009: 9

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2019: 043
2018: 1
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 065
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 2
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0059
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.03
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn New South Wales, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2016: 065
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 4
2007: 1
2006: 3
2005: 0
2003: 4

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

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

2016: 0.0059
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.01
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.03
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.04
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.06

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 065
2015: 4
2014: 10
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 6
2009: 5
2008: 10
2007: 6
2006: 9
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0059
2015: 0.05
2014: 0.13
2013: 0.03
2012: 0.05
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.08
2009: 0.07
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.00

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

In New South Wales, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 466

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In New South Wales, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence67 68 69

Home-made Guns

In New South Wales, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be low70

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In New South Wales, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law71 72 73

Firearm Imports

In New South Wales, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law71 74 72 73

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in New South Wales is low75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In New South Wales, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law89

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in New South Wales include90 91 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in New South Wales is categorised as restrictive92

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in New South Wales includes the Firearms Act 1996,93 and the Firearms Regulation 2006.94 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199695 and 201796

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in New South Wales are regulated by the Governor97 and the Commissioner of NSW Police98

Right to Possess Firearms

In New South Wales, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law99 100 101 102

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In New South Wales, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, self-loading rifles and shotguns, pump action shotguns, military style firearms, silenced firearms, paint-ball guns, most handguns, and replica firearms103 95

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In New South Wales, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum, or collector's guns103 95

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In New South Wales, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances103 95

Regulation of Handguns

In New South Wales, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions104 103 105

Law Regulates Long Guns

In New South Wales, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law103

Gun Ownership and Possession

In New South Wales, only licensed gun owners106 107 108 109 110 104 111 112 113 114 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in New South Wales are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, recreational hunting/vermin control, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, animal welfare, and bona fide firearm collections.115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 111 114 25
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason125 126 127

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in New South Wales is 18 years,128 129 or 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder130 131 132

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in New South Wales must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, domestic violence, residential and other133 129 134 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In New South Wales, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories135

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in New South Wales stipulates133 129 134 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In New South Wales, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required133 130 136 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In New South Wales, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every two to four years, depending on the age of their licence and other criteria137 138

Licensing Records

In New South Wales, authorities maintain a record139 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in New South Wales are permitted to possess 1 category 'C' rifle and 1 category 'C' shotgun, if they are the holder of a category C licence140 109 141

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in New South Wales are permitted to possess only ammunition specific to the registered gun or guns approved on the licence142

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In New South Wales, the law requires139 143 144 145 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 New South Wales, licensed firearm dealers are required146 147 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In New South Wales, licensed gun makers are required146 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In New South Wales, State agencies are required148 149 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 New South Wales, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or, if not reasonably available, by police150 151 152 153 154

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In New South Wales, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful68 155 151 154

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in New South Wales is obliged152 133 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 New South Wales is obliged152 133 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In New South Wales, 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 permit156

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in New South Wales is reported to be

1999: 393157

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In New South Wales, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days133 156

Regulation of Gun Shows

In New South Wales, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated158 152 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in New South Wales include159 160 161 133 162 163 111 164 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 New South Wales include165 166 167 168 111 164 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in New South Wales include169 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in New South Wales include170 171 172 173 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In New South Wales, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.125 126 127

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In New South Wales, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.125 126 127 174

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In New South Wales, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm175 is 14 years in prison106 141 176 143 177 155 67 69 159 166 160 161 147 178 154 142 170 171 179

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 16,180 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 New South Wales, annual homicides by any means total

2020: 8545
2019: 7043
2018: 6844
2017: 43
2016: 77
2015: 75
2014: 88
2013: 85
2012: 7446 47
2011: 87
2010: 7846 48
2009: 90
2008: 8046 49
2007: 66
2006: 80
2005: 65
2004: 60
2003: 94
2002: 93
2001: 11749
2000: 113
1999: 117
1998: 112
1997: 108
1996: 118
1995: 95
1994: 132
1993: 125
1992: 115
1991: 134
1990: 104

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

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2020: 1.1545
2019: 0.8643
2018: 0.85
2017: 0.54
2016: 0.99
2015: 0.98
2014: 1.16
2013: 1.14
2012: 1.01
2011: 1.20
2010: 1.09
2009: 1.27
2008: 1.15
2007: 0.97
2006: 1.19
2005: 0.95
2004: 0.90
2003: 1.42
2002: 1.41
2001: 1.79
2000: 1.75
1999: 1.84
1998: 1.78
1997: 1.73
1996: 1.91
1995: 1.56
1994: 2.18
1993: 2.09
1992: 1.93
1991: 2.27
1990: 1.78

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male homicides by any means total

2020: 5745
2019: 4743
2018: 5044
2017: 28
2016: 55
2015: 52
2014: 54
2013: 57
2012: 55
2011: 52
2010: 56
2009: 64

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

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

2020: 1.4245
2019: 1.1643
2018: 1.25
2017: 0.71
2016: 1.42
2015: 1.37
2014: 1.44
2013: 1.54
2012: 1.51
2011: 1.44
2010: 1.57
2009: 1.81

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female homicides by any means total

2020: 3745
2019: 2343
2018: 1844
2017: 15
2016: 22
2015: 23
2014: 34
2013: 28
2012: 19
2011: 35
2010: 22
2009: 26

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

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

2020: 0.9045
2019: 0.5643
2018: 0.44
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.56
2015: 0.59
2014: 0.89
2013: 0.75
2012: 0.51
2011: 0.96
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.73

Gun Homicides

ChartIn New South Wales, annual firearm homicides total

2020: 850
2019: 443
2018: 744
2017: 11
2016: 13
2015: 14
2014: 25
2013: 19
2012: 14
2011: 10
2010: 12
2009: 1546 51
2008: 746 52
2007: 1046 53
2006: 1546 54
2005: 1346 55
2004: 1146 56
2003: 2946 57
2002: 2246 58

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.0543
2018: 0.09
2017: 0.14
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.18
2014: 0.33
2013: 0.25
2012: 0.19
2011: 0.14
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.21
2008: 0.10
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.22
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.44
2002: 0.33

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 543
2018: 8
2017: 8
2016: 10
2015: 12
2014: 16
2013: 18
2012: 15
2011: 10
2010: 10
2009: 10

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1243
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.20
2016: 0.26
2015: 0.32
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.49
2012: 0.41
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.28

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn New South Wales, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 443
2018: 3
2017: 3
2016: 3
2015: 3
2014: 8
2013: 2
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 5

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn New South Wales, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2019: 0.1043
2018: 0.07
2017: 0.08
2016: 0.08
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.21
2013: 0.05
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.14

Disarmament

Authorities in New South Wales are known to have181 182 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 New South Wales, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2017: 24,831183
2015: 11,883184
2014: 11,306184 185
2013: 10,753184 186 187
2012: 9,578184 188 186 37 189 190
2011: 6,117184 188
2010: 6,396184 188 38
2009: 7,448188 191
2008: 4,066188
2004: 29,697192 193 29
2001: 5,772194
1997: 192,263195
1995: 19,872196
1988: 18,600196

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2017: 7,975197 198
2012: 1,498190
1996-2001: 155,774181

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In New South Wales, it is not state policy199 200 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In New South Wales, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law178 201

Firearm Tracing

In New South Wales, state authorities carry out202 203 204 205 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In New South Wales, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not originally206 207 208 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

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


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