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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

2016: 147,4581 2 3
2013: 144,100
2010: 135,080
2001: 129,411
1998: 126,500
1996: 156,200
1975: 81,0004

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

2016: 28.535 6 3
2013: 27.89
2010: 26.33
2001: 25.43
1998: 26.72
1996: 32.85
1975: 19.964

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

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

2016: 67,2397

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

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

2016: 39,9477

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2016: 6,0577
2010: 4,2878
2006: 3,5609
1979: 1,60010

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2016: 84,82111
2013: 35,00012 13
2010: 35,50014
2001: 41,36715
1998: 41,00016
1996: 56,78613 17

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2016: 16.415
2013: 6.82
2010: 6.98
2001: 8.7715
1998: 8.665
1996: 11.94

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Tasmania is reported to be

2016: 134,0537
2013: 131,00013 18 19 12
2010: 122,80014
2001: 117,64615
1998: 115,00016 13
1996: 142,00013

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Tasmania is

2016: 25.935
2013: 25.53
2010: 24.13
2001: 24.9415
1998: 24.295
1996: 29.86

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Tasmania there are estimated to be

2016: 13,4051 20 3
2013: 13,100
2010: 12,280
2001: 11,765
1998: 11,500
1996: 14,200

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Tasmania the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2016: 2.595
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

2016: 1221
2015: 12
2014: 11
2013: 6
2012: 15
2011: 16
2010: 6
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

2016: 2.3222
2015: 2.32
2014: 2.14
2013: 1.17
2012: 2.93
2011: 3.13
2010: 1.18
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

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Tasmania, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 1023
2015: 1
2014: 8
2013: 7
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

2016: 1.9328
2015: 0.19
2014: 1.55
2013: 1.36
2012: 1.56
2011: 0.98
2010: 0.59
2009: 1.19
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

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 123
2015: 1
2014: 4
2013: 2
2012: 223 29
2011: 1
2010: 023 30
2009: 023 31
2008: 023 32
2007: 223 33
2006: 423 34
2005: 223 35
2004: 323 36
2003: 137
2002: 123 38
1996: 3639
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

2016: 0.1928
2015: 0.19
2014: 0.78
2013: 0.39
2012: 0.39
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

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: 0.0028
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: 0.1928
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: 0.0028
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

2016: 9240
2015: 85
2014: 69
2013: 72
2012: 71
2011: 74
2010: 64
2009: 79
2008: 7340 41
2007: 66
2006: 72
2005: 74
2004: 88
2003: 69
2002: 70
2001: 6441
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

2016: 17.7728
2015: 16.45
2014: 13.41
2013: 14.03
2012: 13.86
2011: 14.47
2010: 12.58
2009: 15.66
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

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 1040
2015: 11
2014: 7
2013: 3
2012: 13
2011: 15
2010: 6
2009: 9
2008: 940 42
2007: 13
2006: 1440
2005: 1040 42
2004: 10
2003: 16
2002: 20
2001: 942
2000: 11
1999: 14
1996: 439
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

2016: 1.9328
2015: 2.13
2014: 1.36
2013: 0.58
2012: 2.54
2011: 2.93
2010: 1.18
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

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Tasmania, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 040
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: 0.0028
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: 1040
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: 1.9328
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: 040
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: 0.0028
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

2016: 043
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: 039
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

2016: 0.0028
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 Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Tasmania, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun 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 Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0028
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: 043
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: 0.0028
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: 043
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: 0.0028
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

2016: 044
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
1996: 139
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

2016: 0.0028
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.19
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

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 044
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: 0.0028
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: 044
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: 0.0028
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: 044
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: 0.0028
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: 145
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 licence46

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Tasmania, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law47 48 49

Firearm Imports

In Tasmania, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law47 50 48 49 51

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Tasmania is low52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Tasmania, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law63

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Tasmania include64 65 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 restrictive66

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Tasmania includes the Firearms Act 1996,67 and the Firearms Regulations 2006.68 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199669 and 201770

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Tasmania are regulated by the Commissioner of Police71

Right to Possess Firearms

In Tasmania, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law72 73 74

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 firearms75 76 69 77 78

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 guns75 79

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Tasmania, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, lookalikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances75

Regulation of Handguns

In Tasmania, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions76 80 78

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Tasmania, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law75 77

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Tasmania, only licensed gun owners81 82 83 84 85 86 76 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.87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 79
In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason101 102 103 104

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Tasmania is 18 years,105 88 or as young as 12 years while under the immediate supervision of an appropriately qualified adult licence holder106 107 108

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 other88 109 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Tasmania, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required110 111

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Tasmania stipulates88 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 required112 113 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 category114 115

Licensing Records

In Tasmania, authorities maintain a record116 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,117 118 83 119 84 86 76 120 and if approved, only 1 self-loading rifle and 1 self-loading or pump action shotgun,85 or no more than two category H handguns121

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Tasmania are permitted to possess only the quantity of ammunition specified on their firearm licence119 122 120 123

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Tasmania, the law requires116 124 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 required125 126 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 required127 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Tasmania, State agencies are required128 129 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 police120 130

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Tasmania, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful131 132

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Tasmania is obliged109 88 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 obliged109 88 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 permit117 118 83 119 84 86 76

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

2016: 37811
1999: 118133

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Tasmania, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days121 134

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Tasmania, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated110 111 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Tasmania include135 136 137 112 119 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 include138 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 include129 128 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Tasmania include139 140 141 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 law142 143

Firearm Tracing

In Tasmania, state authorities carry out144 145 146 147 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 not110 111 127 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.101 102 103 104

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.101 102 103 104

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Tasmania, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm148 is up to two years in prison81 149 124 77 130 131 106 103 142 137 135 136 120 141 82

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Tasmania are known to have150 151 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

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

2015: 1,761152
2014: 2,063153
2013: 1,543172
2012: 1,093172
2011: 1,117172 159
2010: 1,269172 161
2009: 1,220172
2002-2004: 5,600167
1996-2001: 34,584150

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Tasmania, it is state policy156 173 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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