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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

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

2017: 139,6011 2 3 4
2016: 147,458
2013: 144,100
2010: 135,080
2001: 129,411
1998: 126,500
1996: 156,200
1975: 81,0005

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2017: 26.611 6 7 4
2016: 28.53
2013: 27.89
2010: 26.33
2001: 25.43
1998: 26.72
1996: 32.85
1975: 19.965

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

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

2016: 67,2398

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

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

2016: 39,9478

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2016: 6,0578
2010: 4,2879
2006: 3,56010
1979: 1,60011

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2016: 84,82112
2013: 35,00013 14
2010: 35,50015
2001: 41,36716
1998: 41,00017
1996: 56,78614 18

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2016: 16.416
2013: 6.82
2010: 6.98
2001: 8.7716
1998: 8.666
1996: 11.94

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Tasmania is reported to be

2017: 126,9101
2016: 134,0538
2013: 131,00014 19 20 13
2010: 122,80015
2001: 117,64616
1998: 115,00017 14
1996: 142,00014

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Tasmania is

2017: 24.191
2016: 25.936
2013: 25.53
2010: 24.13
2001: 24.9416
1998: 24.296
1996: 29.86

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

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

2017: 12,6911
2016: 13,4052 21 4
2013: 13,100
2010: 12,280
2001: 11,765
1998: 11,500
1996: 14,200

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

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

2017: 2.491 6
2016: 2.59
2013: 2.54
2010: 2.39
2001: 2.31
1998: 2.43
1996: 2.99

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 822
2017: 11
2016: 13
2015: 15
2014: 12
2013: 10
2012: 17
2011: 14
2010: 7
2009: 9
2008: 13
2007: 15
2006: 19
2005: 12
2004: 17
2003: 16
2002: 21
2001: 9
2000: 11
1999: 14
1996: 41
1995: 17
1994: 35
1993: 29
1992: 50
1991: 30
1990: 44
1989: 2

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.5122
2017: 2.10
2016: 2.50
2015: 2.91
2014: 2.33
2013: 1.95
2012: 3.32
2011: 2.74
2010: 1.37
2009: 1.78
2008: 2.61
2007: 3.04
2006: 3.88
2005: 2.47
2004: 3.52
2003: 3.34
2002: 4.43
2001: 1.90
2000: 2.32
1999: 2.96
1996: 8.62
1995: 3.58
1994: 7.39
1993: 6.14
1992: 10.64
1991: 6.43
1990: 9.52
1989: 0.44

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 822
2017: 10
2016: 10
2015: 12
2014: 10
2013: 5
2012: 17
2011: 14
2010: 4
2009: 9

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 3.0422
2017: 3.85
2016: 3.89
2015: 4.70
2014: 3.92
2013: 1.96
2012: 6.67
2011: 5.49
2010: 1.58
2009: 3.58

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

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

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.38
2016: 1.14
2015: 1.15
2014: 0.77
2013: 1.94
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1.17
2009: 0

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual homicides by any means total

2018: 122
2017: 1
2016: 9
2015: 4
2014: 9
2013: 9
2012: 823 24
2011: 5
2010: 323 25
2009: 6
2008: 523 26 27
2007: 6
2006: 4
2005: 7
2004: 3
2003: 7
2002: 7
2001: 926 27
2000: 8
1999: 727
1998: 4
1997: 6
1996: 40
1995: 5
1994: 5
1993: 7
1992: 9
1991: 5
1990: 7

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

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

2018: 0.1922
2017: 0.19
2016: 1.73
2015: 0.78
2014: 1.75
2013: 1.75
2012: 1.56
2011: 0.98
2010: 0.59
2009: 1.18
2008: 1.00
2007: 1.22
2006: 0.82
2005: 1.44
2004: 0.62
2003: 1.46
2002: 1.48
2001: 1.90
2000: 1.69
1999: 1.48
1998: 0.84
1997: 1.26
1996: 8.41
1995: 1.05
1994: 1.06
1993: 1.48
1992: 1.91
1991: 1.07
1990: 1.51

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual male homicides by any means total

2018: 122
2017: 1
2016: 7
2015: 1
2014: 6
2013: 6
2012: 3
2011: 2
2010: 1
2009: 5

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

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

2018: 0.3822
2017: 0.38
2016: 2.72
2015: 0.39
2014: 2.35
2013: 2.35
2012: 1.18
2011: 0.78
2010: 0.39
2009: 1.99

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual female homicides by any means total

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

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

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.76
2015: 1.15
2014: 1.16
2013: 1.16
2012: 1.94
2011: 1.17
2010: 0.78
2009: 0.39

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 122
2017: 3
2016: 3
2015: 2
2014: 5
2013: 5
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 023 28
2009: 023 29
2008: 023 30
2007: 223 31
2006: 423 32
2005: 223 33
2004: 323 34
2003: 135
2002: 123 36
1996: 3637
1995: 0
1994: 1
1993: 4
1992: 2
1991: 2
1990: 1
1989: 0

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.1922
2017: 0.57
2016: 0.58
2015: 0.39
2014: 0.97
2013: 0.97
2012: 0.78
2011: 0.20
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.41
2006: 0.82
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.62
2003: 0.21
2002: 0.21
1996: 7.57
1995: 0.00
1994: 0.21
1993: 0.85
1992: 0.43
1991: 0.43
1990: 0.22
1989: 0.00

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Tasmania, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 122
2017: 2
2016: 1
2015: 2
2014: 3
2013: 3
2012: 4
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3822
2017: 0.77
2016: 0.39
2015: 0.78
2014: 1.18
2013: 1.18
2012: 1.57
2011: 0.39
2010: 0
2009: 0

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Tasmania, annual female firearm homicides total

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

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0.38
2016: 0.76
2015: 0
2014: 0.77
2013: 0.77
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual handgun homicides total

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

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.19
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 Homicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 123
2015: 1
2014: 3
2013: 2
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 2
2006: 0
2005: 2
2004: 3
2002: 1

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.1938
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.58
2013: 0.39
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.20
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.41
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.41
2004: 0.62
2002: 0.21

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual gun homicides (other) total

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

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

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.39
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.82
2005: 0.00

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 7822
2017: 80
2016: 94
2015: 84
2014: 69
2013: 74
2012: 71
2011: 74
2010: 64
2009: 79
2008: 7339 40
2007: 66
2006: 72
2005: 74
2004: 88
2003: 69
2002: 70
2001: 6440
2000: 50
1999: 78

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

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

2018: 14.6822
2017: 15.24
2016: 18.08
2015: 16.29
2014: 13.42
2013: 14.42
2012: 13.87
2011: 14.46
2010: 12.54
2009: 15.60
2008: 14.64
2007: 13.38
2006: 14.71
2005: 15.22
2004: 18.21
2003: 14.42
2002: 14.76
2001: 13.51
2000: 10.57
1999: 16.49

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 6222
2017: 60
2016: 68
2015: 66
2014: 56
2013: 54
2012: 57
2011: 51
2010: 47
2009: 59

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

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

2018: 23.5722
2017: 23.09
2016: 26.43
2015: 25.84
2014: 21.96
2013: 21.19
2012: 22.38
2011: 20.01
2010: 18.52
2009: 23.47

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 1622
2017: 20
2016: 26
2015: 18
2014: 13
2013: 20
2012: 14
2011: 23
2010: 17
2009: 20

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

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

2018: 5.9622
2017: 7.54
2016: 9.91
2015: 6.92
2014: 5.02
2013: 7.75
2012: 5.45
2011: 8.95
2010: 6.63
2009: 7.84

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 722
2017: 8
2016: 1039
2015: 13
2014: 7
2013: 5
2012: 13
2011: 13
2010: 7
2009: 9
2008: 939 41
2007: 13
2006: 1439
2005: 1039 41
2004: 10
2003: 16
2002: 20
2001: 941
2000: 11
1999: 14
1996: 437
1995: 16
1994: 33
1993: 23
1992: 43
1991: 25
1990: 38
1989: 9

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 1.3222
2017: 1.52
2016: 1.92
2015: 2.52
2014: 1.36
2013: 0.97
2012: 2.54
2011: 2.54
2010: 1.37
2009: 1.78
2008: 1.81
2007: 2.64
2006: 2.86
2005: 2.06
2004: 2.07
2003: 3.34
2002: 4.22
2001: 1.90
2000: 2.32
1999: 2.96
1996: 0.84
1995: 3.37
1994: 6.97
1993: 4.87
1992: 9.15
1991: 5.36
1990: 8.22
1989: 1.98

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Tasmania, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 722
2017: 8
2016: 9
2015: 10
2014: 7
2013: 2
2012: 13
2011: 13
2010: 4
2009: 9

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 2.6622
2017: 3.08
2016: 3.50
2015: 3.91
2014: 2.75
2013: 0.78
2012: 5.10
2011: 5.10
2010: 1.58
2009: 3.58

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Tasmania, annual female firearm suicides total

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

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.38
2015: 1.15
2014: 0
2013: 1.16
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1.17
2009: 0

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 039
2015: 4
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 4
2005: 2
2003: 3
2002: 3

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.77
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.78
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.80
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.82
2005: 0.41
2003: 0.63
2002: 0.63

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Tasmania, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 1039
2015: 6
2014: 7
2013: 3
2012: 13
2011: 8
2010: 4
2009: 9
2008: 1
2007: 10
2006: 7
2005: 8
2004: 10
2003: 13
2002: 14

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 1.9338
2015: 1.16
2014: 1.36
2013: 0.58
2012: 2.54
2011: 1.56
2010: 0.79
2009: 1.78
2008: 0.20
2007: 2.03
2006: 1.43
2005: 1.65
2004: 2.07
2003: 2.72
2002: 2.95

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 039
2015: 1
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 3
2010: 2
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 0
2002: 3

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

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.39
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.80
2007: 0.61
2006: 0.61
2005: 0.00
2002: 0.63

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 042
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 0
2004: 4
1996: 037
1995: 1
1994: 1
1993: 2
1992: 2
1991: 2
1990: 3
1989: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.0038
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: 0.20
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.83
1996: 0.00
1995: 0.21
1994: 0.21
1993: 0.42
1992: 0.43
1991: 0.43
1990: 0.65
1989: 0.22

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual unintentional male 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 Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Tasmania, 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
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, 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 Tasmania, 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 Tasmania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 042
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0038
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

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2016: 042
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 0

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0038
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: 0.20
2005: 0.00

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2016: 042
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 4

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

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.83

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 043
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
1996: 137
1995: 0
1994: 0
1993: 0
1992: 3
1991: 1
1990: 2
1989: 1

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

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

2018: 022
2017: 0
2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.80
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
1996: 0.21
1995: 0.00
1994: 0.00
1993: 0.00
1992: 0.64
1991: 0.21
1990: 0.43
1989: 0.22

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 043
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 3
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.60
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 043
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 1
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0

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

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

2016: 0.0038
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 043
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 Tasmania, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2016: 0.0038
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 Tasmania, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 144
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Tasmania, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence45

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Tasmania, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law46 47 48

Firearm Imports

In Tasmania, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law46 49 47 48 50

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Tasmania is low51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Tasmania, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law62

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Tasmania include63 64 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 Tasmania is categorised as restrictive65

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Tasmania includes the Firearms Act 1996,66 and the Firearms Regulations 2006.67 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199668 and 201769

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Tasmania are regulated by the Commissioner of Police70

Right to Possess Firearms

In Tasmania, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law71 72 73

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Tasmania, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, machine and sub-machine guns, self-loading centre-fire and rim-fire rifles, self-loading and pump action shotguns, handguns larger than .38 calibre, semi-automatic handguns shorter than 120mm, revolvers shorter than 100mm, single-shot pistols shorter than 100mm, pistols with magazine capacity of 10 rounds or more, silencers or large capacity magazines, and imitation prohibited firearms74 75 68 76 77

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Tasmania, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited, with only narrow exceptions for permanently inoperable display, museum, or bona fide collector's guns74 78

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Tasmania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances74

Regulation of Handguns

In Tasmania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions75 79 77

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Tasmania, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law74 76

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Tasmania, only licensed gun owners80 81 82 83 84 85 75 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Tasmania are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example gun club membership for sport/target shooting, recreational hunting/vermin control, primary production, narrow business, employment, and occupational requirements, animal welfare, and bona fide gun collections.86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 78
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason100 101 102 103

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Tasmania is 18 years,104 87 or as young as 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder105 106 107

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Tasmania must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health, physical, domestic violence and other87 108 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Tasmania, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required109 110

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Tasmania stipulates87 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Tasmania, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required111 112 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Tasmania, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years, depending on the licence category113 114

Licensing Records

In Tasmania, authorities maintain a record115 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Tasmania are permitted to possess 1 firearm of a category appropriate to the firearm licence per acquisition permit,116 117 82 118 83 85 75 119 and if approved, only 1 self-loading rifle and 1 self-loading or pump action shotgun,84 or no more than two category H handguns120

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Tasmania are permitted to possess only the quantity of ammunition specified on their firearm licence118 121 119 122

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Tasmania, the law requires115 123 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 Tasmania, licensed firearm dealers are required124 125 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Tasmania, licensed gun makers are required126 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Tasmania, State agencies are required127 128 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 Tasmania, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police119 129

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Tasmania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful130 131

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Tasmania is obliged108 87 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 Tasmania is obliged108 87 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Tasmania, 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 of a category appropriate to the firearm licence per acquisition permit116 117 82 118 83 85 75

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

2016: 37812
1999: 118132

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Tasmania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days120 133

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Tasmania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated109 110 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Tasmania include134 135 136 111 118 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 Tasmania include137 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Tasmania include128 127 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Tasmania include138 139 140 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Tasmania, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law141 142

Firearm Tracing

In Tasmania, state authorities carry out143 144 145 146 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Tasmania, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not109 110 126 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Tasmania, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.100 101 102 103

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Tasmania, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.100 101 102 103

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Tasmania, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm147 is up to two years in prison80 148 123 76 129 130 105 102 141 136 134 135 119 140 81

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Tasmania are known to have149 150 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 Tasmania, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2017: 1,830151
2015: 4,656152
2014: 3,576153 154 155 156 157 154 158
2013: 695154
2012: 601154
2011: 23159 160
2010: 543161
2009: 419 162
2008: 508163
2007: 1,213164 163
2006: 456165
2004: 433166 167
2003: 443168
2002: 334169
2001: 288170
2000: 300170
1999: 284171
1998: 38,860167

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2018: 3,375 172
2017: 1,728173 174
2016: 2,497175
2015: 1,761152
2014: 2,063153
2013: 1,543176
2012: 1,093176
2011: 1,117176 159
2010: 1,269176 161
2009: 1,220176
2002-2004: 5,600167
1996-2001: 34,584149

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Tasmania, it is state policy156 177 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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