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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 South Australia is

2019: 343,3551 2 3
2018: 340,066
2017: 337,724
2016: 328,736
2015: 323,021
2014: 318,387
2013: 310,089
2012: 304,795
2011: 299,473
2010: 314,897
2001: 274,260
1998: 379,500
1979: 323,2004
1975: 185,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2019: 19.566 7 3
2018: 19.50
2017: 19.54
2016: 19.26
2015: 19.03
2014: 18.93
2013: 18.60
2012: 18.45
2011: 18.30
2010: 19.39
2001: 18.24
1998: 25.59
1979: 24.976
1975: 14.99

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

In South Australia, the number of rifles in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 211,2004

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

In South Australia, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

1979: 86,0004

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2010: 18,4808 9
2009: 20,06310 11
2006: 21,51912 11
1979: 11,20013

Proportion of Households with Firearms

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

1975: 22.3%14

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2019: 64,11415
2018: 64,790
2017: 65,292
2016: 65,35116
2015: 65,282
2014: 65,161
2013: 64,272
2012: 64,148
2011: 63,781
2010: 61,38616 17
2009: 61,41116
2008: 62,331
2007: 61,476
2001: 77,51318
1998: 80,00019

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2019: 3.656
2018: 3.72
2017: 3.78
2016: 3.83
2015: 3.85
2014: 3.87
2013: 3.86
2012: 3.88
2011: 3.90
2010: 3.78
2009: 3.83
2008: 3.93
2007: 3.93
2001: 5.1318
1998: 5.396

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in South Australia is reported to be

2019: 312,14115
2018: 309,151
2017: 307,022
2016: 298,85116
2015: 293,655
2014: 289,443
2013: 281,899
2012: 277,086
2011: 272,24816 20
2010: 286,27017
2001: 249,32718
1998: 345,00019

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in South Australia is

2019: 17.786
2018: 17.73
2017: 17.76
2016: 17.53
2015: 17.31
2014: 17.21
2013: 16.91
2012: 16.77
2011: 16.63
2010: 17.63
2001: 16.4918
1998: 23.266

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,21 but in South Australia there are estimated to be

2019: 31,2141 21 3
2018: 30,915
2017: 30,702
2016: 29,885
2015: 29,366
2014: 28,944
2013: 28,190
2012: 27,709
2011: 27,225
2010: 28,627
2001: 24,933
1998: 34,500

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,21 but in South Australia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2019: 1.786
2018: 1.77
2017: 1.77
2016: 1.75
2015: 1.73
2014: 1.72
2013: 1.69
2012: 1.68
2011: 1.66
2010: 1.76
2001: 1.66
1998: 2.33

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 922
2017: 16
2016: 14
2015: 12
2014: 13
2013: 13
2012: 27
2011: 18
2010: 21
2009: 25
2008: 35
2007: 25
2006: 21
2005: 21
2004: 20
2003: 17
2002: 27
2001: 17
2000: 29
1999: 13

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.5222
2017: 0.93
2016: 0.82
2015: 0.70
2014: 0.77
2013: 0.77
2012: 1.62
2011: 1.09
2010: 1.29
2009: 1.54
2008: 2.20
2007: 1.59
2006: 1.35
2005: 1.36
2004: 1.31
2003: 1.12
2002: 1.79
2001: 1.13
2000: 1.94
1999: 0.87

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 922
2017: 13
2016: 11
2015: 9
2014: 13
2013: 11
2012: 26
2011: 17
2010: 16
2009: 21

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.0522
2017: 1.52
2016: 1.30
2015: 1.07
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.32
2012: 3.16
2011: 2.08
2010: 1.98
2009: 2.62

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 022
2017: 3
2016: 3
2015: 3
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 1
2011: 1
2010: 5
2009: 4

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.34
2016: 0.35
2015: 0.35
2014: 0
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.49

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2018: 1422
2017: 25
2016: 20
2015: 23
2014: 17
2013: 22
2012: 3123 24
2011: 22
2010: 1823 25
2009: 28
2008: 2023 26 27
2007: 13
2006: 17
2005: 22
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 26
2001: 3326 27
2000: 22
1999: 3827
1998: 29
1997: 24
1996: 14
1995: 31
1994: 29
1993: 30
1992: 28
1991: 25
1990: 21

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

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

2018: 0.8022
2017: 1.45
2016: 1.16
2015: 1.35
2014: 1
2013: 1.31
2012: 1.86
2011: 1.34
2010: 1.10
2009: 1.73
2008: 1.26
2007: 0.83
2006: 1.09
2005: 1.43
2004: 0.59
2003: 1.18
2002: 1.72
2001: 2.19
2000: 1.47
1999: 2.55
1998: 1.96
1997: 1.63
1996: 0.95
1995: 2.12
1994: 1.98
1993: 2.06
1992: 1.92
1991: 1.73
1990: 1.47

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual male homicides by any means total

2018: 1122
2017: 20
2016: 12
2015: 13
2014: 13
2013: 15
2012: 23
2011: 15
2010: 7
2009: 18

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

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

2018: 1.2822
2017: 2.34
2016: 1.41
2015: 1.54
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.81
2012: 2.79
2011: 1.84
2010: 0.87
2009: 2.25

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual female homicides by any means total

2018: 322
2017: 5
2016: 8
2015: 10
2014: 4
2013: 7
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 10

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

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

2018: 0.3422
2017: 0.57
2016: 0.92
2015: 1.16
2014: 0.47
2013: 0.83
2012: 0.95
2011: 0.84
2010: 1.33
2009: 1.22

Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 022
2017: 4
2016: 3
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 2
2009: 4
2008: 523 28
2007: 223 29
2006: 423 30
2005: 323 31
2004: 332
2003: 423 33
2002: 1023 34

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.23
2016: 0.17
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.48
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.25
2008: 0.31
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.19
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.66

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn South Australia, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 022
2017: 2
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 8
2011: 6
2010: 0
2009: 3

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.23
2016: 0.12
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.97
2011: 0.74
2010: 0
2009: 0.37

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn South Australia, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 022
2017: 2
2016: 2
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 2
2009: 1

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.23
2016: 0.23
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.24
2009: 0.12

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 023
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 3

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0035
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.20

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 223
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 5
2010: 1
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 4
2005: 0
2002: 4

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1235
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.06
2011: 0.30
2010: 0.06
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.06
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.26
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.26

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn South Australia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 023
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 2
2011: 3
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 3
2003: 4
2002: 3

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

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

2016: 0.0035
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.18
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.18
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.19
2003: 0.26
2002: 0.20

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 21222
2017: 224
2016: 22536
2015: 234
2014: 243
2013: 203
2012: 198
2011: 212
2010: 197
2009: 185
2008: 17536 37
2007: 205
2006: 180
2005: 231
2004: 178
2003: 193
2002: 170
2001: 20737
2000: 199
1999: 200

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

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

2018: 12.1622
2017: 12.96
2016: 13.10
2015: 13.72
2014: 14.35
2013: 12.10
2012: 11.91
2011: 12.87
2010: 12.07
2009: 11.43
2008: 11.02
2007: 13.05
2006: 11.59
2005: 15.01
2004: 11.65
2003: 12.69
2002: 11.25
2001: 13.77
2000: 13.29
1999: 13.41

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 15422
2017: 164
2016: 164
2015: 170
2014: 186
2013: 152
2012: 150
2011: 167
2010: 157
2009: 138

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

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

2018: 17.8922
2017: 19.20
2016: 19.32
2015: 20.15
2014: 22.19
2013: 18.29
2012: 18.21
2011: 20.48
2010: 19.43
2009: 17.23

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn South Australia, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 5822
2017: 60
2016: 61
2015: 64
2014: 57
2013: 51
2012: 48
2011: 45
2010: 40
2009: 47

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

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

2018: 6.5822
2017: 6.86
2016: 7.02
2015: 7.42
2014: 6.67
2013: 6.02
2012: 5.72
2011: 5.41
2010: 4.85
2009: 5.75

Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 922
2017: 12
2016: 11
2015: 12
2014: 13
2013: 11
2012: 19
2011: 9
2010: 19
2009: 21
2008: 2636 37
2007: 20
2006: 17
2005: 14
2004: 16
2003: 11
2002: 13
2001: 1737
2000: 27
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.5222
2017: 0.69
2016: 0.64
2015: 0.70
2014: 0.77
2013: 0.66
2012: 1.14
2011: 0.55
2010: 1.16
2009: 1.30
2008: 1.64
2007: 1.27
2006: 1.09
2005: 0.91
2004: 1.05
2003: 0.72
2002: 0.86
2001: 1.13
2000: 1.80
1999: 0.87

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn South Australia, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 922
2017: 11
2016: 10
2015: 9
2014: 13
2013: 9
2012: 18
2011: 9
2010: 16
2009: 18

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.0522
2017: 1.29
2016: 1.18
2015: 1.07
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.08
2012: 2.19
2011: 1.10
2010: 1.98
2009: 2.25

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn South Australia, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 022
2017: 1
2016: 1
2015: 3
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 3

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.11
2016: 0.12
2015: 0.35
2014: 0
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.12
2011: 0
2010: 0.36
2009: 0.37

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 336
2015: 4
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 2
2002: 1

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1835
2015: 0.24
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.24
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.19
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.07

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn South Australia, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 936
2015: 8
2014: 11
2013: 8
2012: 14
2011: 8
2010: 15
2009: 14
2008: 18
2007: 14
2006: 14
2005: 14
2004: 13
2003: 7
2002: 7

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.5335
2015: 0.47
2014: 0.65
2013: 0.48
2012: 0.85
2011: 0.49
2010: 0.92
2009: 0.87
2008: 1.13
2007: 0.89
2006: 0.90
2005: 0.91
2004: 0.85
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.46

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn South Australia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 036
2015: 0
2014: 4
2013: 1
2012: 5
2011: 0
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 3
2003: 2
2002: 5

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

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

2016: 0.0035
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.24
2013: 0.06
2012: 0.30
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.12
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.19
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.33

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 038
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 438 37
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 037
2000: 2
1999: 0

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.0035
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.12
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.26
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.13
2002: 0.26
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.13
1999: 0.00

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0.25
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2018: 022
2017: 0
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 South Australia, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn South Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 038
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2003: 1

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0035
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
2003: 0.07

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

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

2016: 038
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 0
2002: 4

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0035
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.25
2007: 0.19
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.26

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2016: 038
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 1

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

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

2016: 0.0035
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: 0.26
2004: 0.07
2003: 0.07

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 039
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.0035
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

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 039
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0035
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

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 039
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0035
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

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 039
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0035
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

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn South Australia, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 140
2015: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In South Australia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence41

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In South Australia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law42 43 44

Firearm Imports

In South Australia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law42 45 43 44

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in South Australia is low46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In South Australia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law57

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in South Australia include58 59 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 South Australia is categorised as restrictive60

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in South Australia includes the Firearms Act 1977,61 and the Firearms Regulations 2008.62 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199663 and 201764

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in South Australia are regulated by the Governor65 and the Commissioner of Police66

Right to Possess Firearms

In South Australia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law67 68 69

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In South Australia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, sawn-off shotguns, shortened firearms, firearms disguised as other objects, home-made firearms, silencers and most handguns70 71 72 73 74 75 63

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In South Australia, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum or bona fide collector's guns70 71 76 77

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In South Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances76 78 77

Regulation of Handguns

In South Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions70 73 79 76 77

Law Regulates Long Guns

In South Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law70 76 78 77

Gun Ownership and Possession

In South Australia, only licensed gun owners80 81 82 83 78 84 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in South Australia are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, hunting, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, and bona fide gun collections.85 86 87 88 79 89 76
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason90 91 92

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in South Australia is 18 years,81 or as young as 10 years in special circumstances, and while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder93 94

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in South Australia must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, domestic violence and other95 96 97 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In South Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required98 99

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in South Australia stipulates95 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In South Australia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required100 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In South Australia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years, depending on licence type101

Licensing Records

In South Australia, authorities maintain a record102 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in South Australia are permitted to possess 1 firearm per acquisition permit for a firearm specified on their licence, and if approved, 1 category C semi-automatic rifle, 1 category C semi-automatic shotgun, and/or 1 category H handgun76

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in South Australia are permitted to possess only enough ammunition to fulfill the reasonable needs of that person for the next 12 months103

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In South Australia, the law requires104 102 105 106 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 South Australia, licensed firearm dealers are required107 108 109 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In South Australia, licensed gun makers are required110 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In South Australia, State agencies are required111 112 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 South Australia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police113 114 115 116

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In South Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful117 118

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in South Australia is obliged83 95 96 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 South Australia is obliged83 95 96 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In South 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 for a firearm specified on the owner's licence76

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

1999: 132119

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In South Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days83 81

Regulation of Gun Shows

In South Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated120 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in South Australia include121 122 123 124 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 South Australia include125 126 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in South Australia include112 111 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in South Australia include127 128 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In South 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.90 91 92

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In South Australia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.90 91 92

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In South Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm129 is four to 10 years in prison80 104 72 117 41 41 82 130 131 127 132

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 16,133 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.

Disarmament

Authorities in South Australia are known to have134 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

In South Australia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2016: 2,727135

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2018: 304136
2017: 2,825137
2016: 328136
2015: 888138 139
2013: 2,854140 141
2011: 15142 10
2010: 1,881143
2009: 1,100144
2008: 271145
2007: 450146
2006: 1,490144
2001: 2,719147
1999: 19,635144
1997: 64,811134 148
1995: 915147

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2017: 2,490149
2012: 3,100140
1996-2001: 64,811134

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In South Australia, it is not state policy150 151 152 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In South Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law130 153

Firearm Tracing

In South Australia, state authorities carry out154 155 156 157 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In South Australia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not98 99 110 recorded in a register


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