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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 Queensland is

2020: 913,000*1 2 3
2019: 912,7174
2018: 928,542
2017: 918,481
2016: 871,599
2015: 831,485
2014: 758,469
2013: 709,994
2012: 675,871
2011: 658,925
2010: 610,358
2009: 598,358
2008: 594,610
2007: 591,082
2006: 589,322
2005: 591,056
2004: 553,461
2001: 556,989
1998: 609,400
1975: 326,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2020: 17.64*1 6 3
2019: 17.927
2018: 18.38
2017: 18.50
2016: 18.06
2015: 17.45
2014: 16.12
2013: 15.33
2012: 14.87
2011: 14.78
2010: 13.91
2009: 13.90
2008: 14.19
2007: 14.47
2006: 14.78
2005: 15.17
2004: 14.52
2001: 15.60
1998: 17.96
1975: 16.327

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2016: 67,7788
2015: 63,114
2014: 57,876
2013: 52,5898 9
2012: 49,4998 10
2011: 47,805
2010: 44,0438 11
2009: 42,123
2008: 40,513
2007: 40,857
2006: 40,31412
1979: 12,00013

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2020: 186,000*1
2019: 185,74214
2018: 196,13615
2017: 195,96316
2016: 184,36817
2015: 179,184
2014: 171,71317 18 19
2013: 164,85917 20 21
2012: 161,132
2011: 162,36917 20 21 22
2010: 159,41417 20 21
2009: 152,77217 20
2008: 151,656
2007: 155,09417 20 23
2006: 157,04217 20
2005: 155,677
2004: 157,82220 24
2001: 186,88425
1998: 180,00026

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2020: 3.59*1
2019: 3.657
2018: 3.88
2017: 3.95
2016: 3.82
2015: 3.76
2014: 3.65
2013: 3.56
2012: 3.54
2011: 3.64
2010: 3.63
2009: 3.55
2008: 3.62
2007: 3.80
2006: 3.94
2005: 3.99
2004: 4.14
2001: 5.1525
1998: 5.307

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Queensland is reported to be

2020: 830,000*1
2019: 829,74314
2018: 844,12927 15
2017: 834,98316
2016: 792,3638
2015: 755,895
2014: 689,5178 18 19
2013: 645,4498 28 24 9
2012: 614,4288 28 24 9 10
2011: 599,0238 28 24 9 22
2010: 554,8718 28 24 29 9
2009: 543,9628 28 24 29
2008: 540,555
2007: 537,3478 28 24 23
2006: 535,74717 28 24
2005: 537,324
2004: 503,14628 24
2001: 506,35425
1998: 554,00026

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Queensland is

2020: 16.03*1
2019: 16.297
2018: 16.71
2017: 16.82
2016: 16.42
2015: 15.86
2014: 14.66
2013: 13.93
2012: 13.52
2011: 13.44
2010: 12.65
2009: 12.63
2008: 12.90
2007: 13.16
2006: 13.44
2005: 13.79
2004: 13.20
2001: 13.9525
1998: 16.337

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,30 but in Queensland there are estimated to be

2020: 83,0004 30 3
2019: 82,974
2018: 84,413
2017: 83,498
2016: 79,236
2015: 75,590
2014: 68,952
2013: 64,545
2012: 61,443
2011: 59,902
2010: 55,487
2009: 54,396
2008: 54,055
2007: 53,735
2006: 53,575
2005: 53,732
2004: 50,315
2001: 50,635
1998: 55,400

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,30 but in Queensland the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2020: 1.601
2019: 1.637
2018: 1.67
2017: 1.68
2016: 1.64
2015: 1.59
2014: 1.47
2013: 1.39
2012: 1.35
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.26
2008: 1.29
2007: 1.32
2006: 1.34
2005: 1.38
2004: 1.32
2001: 1.42
1998: 1.63

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 5931
2018: 53
2017: 54
2016: 54
2015: 45
2014: 52
2013: 57
2012: 51
2011: 45
2010: 79
2009: 65
2008: 67
2007: 67
2006: 64
2005: 52
2004: 63
2003: 75
2002: 71

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2019: 1.1531
2018: 1.05
2017: 1.09
2016: 1.11
2015: 0.94
2014: 1.10
2013: 1.22
2012: 1.11
2011: 1
2010: 1.78
2009: 1.49
2008: 1.59
2007: 1.63
2006: 1.60
2005: 1.33
2004: 1.64
2003: 2.00
2002: 1.94

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 5631
2018: 57
2017: 56
2016: 51
2015: 47
2014: 45
2013: 51
2012: 47
2011: 39
2010: 72
2009: 55

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2019: 2.2131
2018: 2.28
2017: 2.28
2016: 2.11
2015: 1.97
2014: 1.91
2013: 2.19
2012: 2.04
2011: 1.73
2010: 3.25
2009: 2.52

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2019: 1531
2018: 032
2017: 3
2016: 11
2015: 5
2014: 9
2013: 6
2012: 11
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 10

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.5831
2018: 032
2017: 0.12
2016: 0.45
2015: 0.21
2014: 0.38
2013: 0.26
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.31
2010: 0.49
2009: 0.46

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 5331
2018: 4732
2017: 44
2016: 47
2015: 70
2014: 40
2013: 43
2012: 5233 34
2011: 51
2010: 4933 35
2009: 45
2008: 4333 36 37
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 29
2004: 29
2003: 68
2002: 47
2001: 6136 37
2000: 61
1999: 70
1998: 67
1997: 67
1996: 7537
1995: 61
1994: 62
1993: 79
1992: 70
1991: 59
1990: 71

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

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

2019: 1.0331
2018: 0.93
2017: 0.89
2016: 0.96
2015: 1.46
2014: 0.84
2013: 0.92
2012: 1.13
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.10
2009: 1.03
2008: 1.02
2007: 1.29
2006: 1.40
2005: 0.74
2004: 0.76
2003: 1.82
2002: 1.29
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.74
1999: 2.03
1998: 1.97
1997: 2.00
1996: 2.27
1995: 1.88
1994: 1.96
1993: 2.55
1992: 2.32
1991: 1.99
1990: 2.45

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 4131
2018: 3532
2017: 30
2016: 29
2015: 44
2014: 23
2013: 26
2012: 34
2011: 30
2010: 28
2009: 31

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

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

2019: 1.6231
2018: 1.40
2017: 1.22
2016: 1.20
2015: 1.84
2014: 0.97
2013: 1.11
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.33
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.42

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 1231
2018: 1232
2017: 14
2016: 18
2015: 26
2014: 17
2013: 17
2012: 18
2011: 21
2010: 21
2009: 14

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

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

2019: 0.4631
2018: 0.47
2017: 0.56
2016: 0.73
2015: 1.07
2014: 0.71
2013: 0.72
2012: 0.78
2011: 0.93
2010: 0.94
2009: 0.64

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm homicides total

2019: 831
2018: 432
2017: 3
2016: 9
2015: 1
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 7
2011: 7
2010: 10
2009: 10
2008: 633 38
2007: 1133 39
2006: 733 40
2005: 533 41
2004: 742 33
2003: 1333 43
2002: 233 44

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.1631
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.18
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.27
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.05

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 531
2018: 5
2017: 4
2016: 6
2015: 2
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 6
2010: 6
2009: 6

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.2031
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.16
2016: 0.25
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.27
2009: 0.28

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 731
2018: 0
2017: 3
2016: 7
2015: 3
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 4

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.2731
2018: 0.0432
2017: 0.12
2016: 0.28
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.18

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 233
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0445
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 733
2015: 2
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 3
2007: 8
2006: 4
2005: 1
2003: 5
2002: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1445
2015: 0.04
2014: 0.02
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.11
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.03
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.03

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 433
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 6
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 1
2005: 4
2003: 8
2002: 1

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

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

2016: 0.0845
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.02
2005: 0.10
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.03

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual suicides by any means total

2019: 78431
2018: 78632
2017: 811
2016: 688
2015: 761
2014: 656
2013: 676
2012: 631
2011: 578
2010: 588
2009: 525
2008: 55346 47
2007: 520
2006: 494
2005: 459
2004: 453
2003: 466
2002: 537
2001: 50047
2000: 541
1999: 480

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

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

2019: 15.2731
2018: 15.56
2017: 16.34
2016: 14.09
2015: 15.84
2014: 13.82
2013: 14.43
2012: 13.68
2011: 12.79
2010: 13.25
2009: 12.02
2008: 13.11
2007: 12.65
2006: 12.33
2005: 11.71
2004: 11.83
2003: 12.45
2002: 14.70
2001: 14.00
2000: 15.42
1999: 13.90
1009: 12.13

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual male suicides by any means total

2019: 59131
2018: 61832
2017: 611
2016: 532
2015: 579
2014: 496
2013: 519
2012: 477
2011: 438
2010: 441
2009: 415

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

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

2019: 23.2931
2018: 24.74
2017: 24.87
2016: 21.97
2015: 24.27
2014: 21.01
2013: 22.24
2012: 20.74
2011: 19.43
2010: 19.91
2009: 19.02

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual female suicides by any means total

2019: 19331
2018: 16832
2017: 200
2016: 156
2015: 182
2014: 160
2013: 157
2012: 154
2011: 140
2010: 147
2009: 110

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

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

2019: 7.4331
2018: 6.58
2017: 7.98
2016: 6.33
2015: 7.52
2014: 6.71
2013: 6.68
2012: 6.66
2011: 6.18
2010: 6.61
2009: 5.03

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm suicides total

2019: 4931
2018: 47
2017: 50
2016: 43
2015: 44
2014: 46
2013: 53
2012: 42
2011: 36
2010: 65
2009: 49
2008: 56
2007: 51
2006: 55
2005: 39
2004: 38
2003: 47
2002: 57

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.9531
2018: 0.93
2017: 1.01
2016: 0.88
2015: 0.92
2014: 0.97
2013: 1.13
2012: 0.91
2011: 0.80
2010: 1.46
2009: 1.12
2008: 1.33
2007: 1.24
2006: 1.37
2005: 1.00
2004: 0.99
2003: 1.26
2002: 1.56

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual male firearm suicides total

2019: 5031
2018: 49
2017: 48
2016: 40
2015: 45
2014: 44
2013: 50
2012: 40
2011: 32
2010: 60
2009: 43

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 1.9731
2018: 1.96
2017: 1.95
2016: 1.65
2015: 1.89
2014: 1.86
2013: 2.14
2012: 1.74
2011: 1.42
2010: 2.71
2009: 1.97

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual female firearm suicides total

2019: 831
2018: 0
2017: 0
2016: 4
2015: 2
2014: 4
2013: 4
2012: 7
2011: 5
2010: 7
2009: 6

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.3131
2018: -0.0432
2017: 0.04
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.17
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.22
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.27

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 746
2015: 4
2014: 5
2013: 6
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 9
2009: 4
2008: 7
2007: 3
2006: 4
2005: 2
2004: 6
2003: 5
2002: 10

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1445
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.11
2013: 0.13
2012: 0.18
2011: 0.13
2010: 0.20
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.17
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.05
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.27

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Queensland, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 3646
2015: 41
2014: 34
2013: 43
2012: 32
2011: 27
2010: 54
2009: 39
2008: 46
2007: 38
2006: 45
2005: 34
2004: 17
2003: 29
2002: 36

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.7445
2015: 0.86
2014: 0.72
2013: 0.92
2012: 0.70
2011: 0.60
2010: 1.23
2009: 0.90
2008: 1.09
2007: 0.92
2006: 1.12
2005: 0.87
2004: 0.44
2003: 0.77
2002: 0.99

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Queensland, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 346
2015: 3
2014: 8
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 6
2008: 3
2007: 10
2006: 6
2005: 3
2004: 15
2003: 13
2002: 11

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

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

2016: 0.0645
2015: 0.06
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.24
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.08
2004: 0.39
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.30

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 3
2009: 2
2008: 3
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 18
2003: 15
2002: 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.47
2003: 0.40
2002: 0.33

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 4
2016: 2
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 3
2009: 2

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 0.16
2016: 0.08
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.04
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.09

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 0.04
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.17
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 048
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 2

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0045
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.07
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2002: 0.05

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Queensland, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2016: 148
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 1
2009: 2
2008: 0
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 4
2003: 4
2002: 5

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0245
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.08
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.05
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.11
2002: 0.14

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2016: 048
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 4
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 8
2004: 14
2003: 11
2002: 5

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

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

2016: 0.0045
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.14

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2019: 231
2018: 2
2017: 0
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 2
2007: 3
2006: 2
2005: 0

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

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

2019: 0.0431
2018: 0.04
2017: 0.02
2016: 0.02
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2019: 131
2018: 3
2017: 0
2016: 3
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 2
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 4

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2019: 031
2018: 032
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 049
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0045
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: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 049
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 0
2008: 2
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0045
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.07
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.05
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 449
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 1
2008: 0
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0845
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.02
2012: 0.07
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.07
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 050
2015: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Queensland, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence51 52 53 54 55

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law56 57 58

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Queensland was categorized as 'minor'59

Firearm Imports

In Queensland, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law56 60 57 58

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Queensland is low61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Queensland, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law72

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Queensland include73 74 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 Queensland is categorised as restrictive75

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Queensland includes the Weapons Act 1990,76 the Weapons Regulation 1996,77 and the Weapons Categories Regulation 1997.78 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199679 and 201780

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Queensland are regulated by the Governor in Council81 and the Police82

Right to Possess Firearms

In Queensland, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law83 84 85

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic and self-loading rifles and shotguns, and most handguns86 87 88 89 90 91 79

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or collector's guns86 89

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Queensland, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances86 92 90

Regulation of Handguns

In Queensland, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions93 94 95 91

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Queensland, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law86 96 97 92 88

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Queensland, only licensed gun owners98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Queensland are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, hunting, narrow employment requirements, use by sporting and theatrical organisations, and bona fide gun collectors.109 86 110 111 100 112 113 89 108
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason114 115 116 117

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Queensland is 18 years, or 11 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder118 119 120 121

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Queensland must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, addiction, domestic violence and other122 123 124 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Queensland, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are required for some licence categories125

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Queensland stipulates122 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Queensland, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required126 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Queensland, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every five to ten years, depending on the licence category127 113 128

Licensing Records

In Queensland, authorities maintain a record129 130 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess 1 category C rifle and 1 category C shotgun, with very limited exceptions,101 92 or no more than 1 pistol in the first 12 months of being issued a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm95

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Queensland are permitted to possess magazines with a maximum capacity of up to 10 rounds90

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Queensland, the law requires129 131 130 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 Queensland, licensed firearm dealers are required132 53 133 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Queensland, licensed gun makers are required132 53 133 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Queensland, State agencies are required134 135 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 Queensland, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police136 137 138 54

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Queensland, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful139 51 140 54

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Queensland is obliged141 103 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 Queensland is obliged141 103 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Queensland, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to no more than one pistol in the first 12 months of a licence to possess a 'concealable' firearm95

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Queensland is reported to be

1999: 280142

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Queensland, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days for a first sale or transfer,143 144 with some exemptions for subsequent acquisition of the same type of firearm for which the owner already holds a licence

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Queensland, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated145 146 147 136 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Queensland include148 149 150 141 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 Queensland include140 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 54 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Queensland include151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Queensland include150 159 160 54 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Queensland, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.114 115 116 117

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Queensland, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.114 115 116 117

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Queensland, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm161 is two to 13 years in prison162 136 131 139 51 106 163 116 164 165 166

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 16,167 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 Queensland, annual homicides by any means total

2019: 5331
2018: 4732
2017: 44
2016: 47
2015: 70
2014: 40
2013: 43
2012: 5233 34
2011: 51
2010: 4933 35
2009: 45
2008: 4333 36 37
2007: 53
2006: 56
2005: 29
2004: 29
2003: 68
2002: 47
2001: 6136 37
2000: 61
1999: 70
1998: 67
1997: 67
1996: 7537
1995: 61
1994: 62
1993: 79
1992: 70
1991: 59
1990: 71

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

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

2019: 1.0331
2018: 0.93
2017: 0.89
2016: 0.96
2015: 1.46
2014: 0.84
2013: 0.92
2012: 1.13
2011: 1.13
2010: 1.10
2009: 1.03
2008: 1.02
2007: 1.29
2006: 1.40
2005: 0.74
2004: 0.76
2003: 1.82
2002: 1.29
2001: 1.71
2000: 1.74
1999: 2.03
1998: 1.97
1997: 2.00
1996: 2.27
1995: 1.88
1994: 1.96
1993: 2.55
1992: 2.32
1991: 1.99
1990: 2.45

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual male homicides by any means total

2019: 4131
2018: 3532
2017: 30
2016: 29
2015: 44
2014: 23
2013: 26
2012: 34
2011: 30
2010: 28
2009: 31

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

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

2019: 1.6231
2018: 1.40
2017: 1.22
2016: 1.20
2015: 1.84
2014: 0.97
2013: 1.11
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.33
2010: 1.26
2009: 1.42

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Queensland, annual female homicides by any means total

2019: 1231
2018: 1232
2017: 14
2016: 18
2015: 26
2014: 17
2013: 17
2012: 18
2011: 21
2010: 21
2009: 14

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

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

2019: 0.4631
2018: 0.47
2017: 0.56
2016: 0.73
2015: 1.07
2014: 0.71
2013: 0.72
2012: 0.78
2011: 0.93
2010: 0.94
2009: 0.64

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Queensland, annual firearm homicides total

2019: 831
2018: 432
2017: 3
2016: 9
2015: 1
2014: 3
2013: 4
2012: 7
2011: 7
2010: 10
2009: 10
2008: 633 38
2007: 1133 39
2006: 733 40
2005: 533 41
2004: 742 33
2003: 1333 43
2002: 233 44

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.1631
2018: 0.08
2017: 0.06
2016: 0.18
2015: 0.02
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.15
2011: 0.15
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.23
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.27
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.13
2004: 0.18
2003: 0.35
2002: 0.05

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual male firearm homicides total

2019: 531
2018: 5
2017: 4
2016: 6
2015: 2
2014: 1
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 6
2010: 6
2009: 6

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.2031
2018: 0.20
2017: 0.16
2016: 0.25
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.04
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.27
2010: 0.27
2009: 0.28

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Queensland, annual female firearm homicides total

2019: 731
2018: 0
2017: 3
2016: 7
2015: 3
2014: 1
2013: 2
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 4
2009: 4

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2019: 0.2731
2018: 0.0432
2017: 0.12
2016: 0.28
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.17
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.18
2009: 0.18

Disarmament

Authorities in Queensland are known to have168 169 170 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 Queensland, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2018: 1,096171
2017: 16,375172
2013: 4,440170 173 174 175 176
2004: 18,612177 169 178
1997: 130,893168 179 180

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2017: 3,453181
2004: 18,612177 169 178
1996-2001: 130,893168

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Queensland, it is not state policy182 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Queensland, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law183 164 165 184

Firearm Tracing

In Queensland, state authorities carry out185 186 187 188 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Queensland, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not189 190 191 192 recorded in a register

Global Peace Index

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


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