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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

2016: 328,7361 2 3
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

2016: 19.266 7 3
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

2016: 65,35115
2015: 65,282
2014: 65,161
2013: 64,272
2012: 64,148
2011: 63,781
2010: 61,38615 16
2009: 61,41115
2008: 62,331
2007: 61,476
2001: 77,51317
1998: 80,00018

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2016: 3.836
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: 5.1317
1998: 5.396

Number of Registered Firearms

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

2016: 298,85115
2015: 293,655
2014: 289,443
2013: 281,899
2012: 277,086
2011: 272,24815 19
2010: 286,27016
2001: 249,32717
1998: 345,00018

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

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

2016: 17.536
2015: 17.31
2014: 17.21
2013: 16.91
2012: 16.77
2011: 16.63
2010: 17.63
2001: 16.4917
1998: 23.266

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,20 but in South Australia there are estimated to be

2016: 29,8851 20 3
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,20 but in South Australia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 1.756
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: 921
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: 0.5221
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: 921
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: 1.0521
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: 021
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: 021
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: 1421
2017: 25
2016: 20
2015: 23
2014: 17
2013: 22
2012: 3122 23
2011: 22
2010: 1822 24
2009: 28
2008: 2022 25 26
2007: 13
2006: 17
2005: 22
2004: 9
2003: 18
2002: 26
2001: 3325 26
2000: 22
1999: 3826
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: 0.8021
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: 1121
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: 1.2821
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: 321
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: 0.3421
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: 021
2017: 4
2016: 3
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 2
2012: 8
2011: 7
2010: 2
2009: 4
2008: 522 27
2007: 222 28
2006: 422 29
2005: 322 30
2004: 331
2003: 422 32
2002: 1022 33

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 021
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: 021
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: 021
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: 021
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: 021
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: 022
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: 0.0034
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: 222
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: 0.1234
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: 022
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: 0.0034
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: 21221
2017: 224
2016: 22535
2015: 234
2014: 243
2013: 203
2012: 198
2011: 212
2010: 197
2009: 185
2008: 17535 36
2007: 205
2006: 180
2005: 231
2004: 178
2003: 193
2002: 170
2001: 20736
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: 12.1621
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: 15421
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: 17.8921
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: 5821
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: 6.5821
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: 921
2017: 12
2016: 11
2015: 12
2014: 13
2013: 11
2012: 19
2011: 9
2010: 19
2009: 21
2008: 2635 36
2007: 20
2006: 17
2005: 14
2004: 16
2003: 11
2002: 13
2001: 1736
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: 0.5221
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: 921
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: 1.0521
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: 021
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: 021
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: 335
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: 0.1834
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: 935
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: 0.5334
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: 035
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: 0.0034
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: 021
2017: 0
2016: 037
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 437 36
2007: 3
2006: 0
2005: 4
2004: 1
2003: 2
2002: 4
2001: 036
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: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0.0034
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: 021
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: 021
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: 021
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: 021
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: 037
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: 0.0034
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: 037
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: 0.0034
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: 037
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: 0.0034
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: 021
2017: 0
2016: 038
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: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0.0034
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: 021
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: 021
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: 038
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: 0.0034
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: 038
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: 0.0034
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: 038
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: 0.0034
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: 139
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 licence40

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In South Australia, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law41 42 43

Firearm Imports

In South Australia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law41 44 42 43

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in South Australia is low45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In South Australia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law56

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in South Australia include57 58 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 restrictive59

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in South Australia includes the Firearms Act 1977,60 and the Firearms Regulations 2008.61 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199662 and 201763

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in South Australia are regulated by the Governor64 and the Commissioner of Police65

Right to Possess Firearms

In South Australia, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law66 67 68

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 handguns69 70 71 72 73 74 62

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 guns69 70 75 76

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In South Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances75 77 76

Regulation of Handguns

In South Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions69 72 78 75 76

Law Regulates Long Guns

In South Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law69 75 77 76

Gun Ownership and Possession

In South Australia, only licensed gun owners79 80 81 82 77 83 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.84 85 86 87 78 88 75
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason89 90 91

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in South Australia is 18 years,80 or as young as 10 years in special circumstances, and while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder92 93

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 other94 95 96 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In South Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required97 98

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in South Australia stipulates94 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 required99 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 type100

Licensing Records

In South Australia, authorities maintain a record101 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 handgun75

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 months102

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In South Australia, the law requires103 101 104 105 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 required106 107 108 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 required109 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In South Australia, State agencies are required110 111 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 police112 113 114 115

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In South Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful116 117

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in South Australia is obliged82 94 95 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 obliged82 94 95 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 licence75

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

1999: 132118

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In South Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days82 80

Regulation of Gun Shows

In South Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated119 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in South Australia include120 121 122 123 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 include124 125 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 include111 110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in South Australia include126 127 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In South Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law128 129

Firearm Tracing

In South Australia, state authorities carry out130 131 132 133 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 not97 98 109 recorded in a register

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.89 90 91

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.89 90 91

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In South Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm134 is four to 10 years in prison79 103 71 116 40 40 81 128 135 126 136

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in South Australia are known to have137 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: 2,727138

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

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

2018: 304139
2017: 2,825140
2016: 328139
2015: 888141 142
2013: 2,854143 144
2011: 15145 10
2010: 1,881146
2009: 1,100147
2008: 271148
2007: 450149
2006: 1,490147
2001: 2,719150
1999: 19,635147
1997: 64,811137 151
1995: 915150

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2017: 2,490152
2012: 3,100143
1996-2001: 64,811137

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In South Australia, it is not state policy153 154 155 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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