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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 Western Australia is

2019: 313,3421
2018: 319,360
2017: 314,200
2016: 308,136
2015: 300,449
2014: 292,190
2013: 277,708
2012: 264,108
2011: 251,887
2010: 241,185
2009: 223,662
2008: 213,128
2004: 254,241
2001: 269,854
1999: 285,494
1998: 237,600
1996: 297,408
1995: 338,800
1994: 288,115
1979: 16,6722
1975: 139,0003
1974: 141,9341 4

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

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

2019: 11.955 6 7
2018: 12.26
2017: 12.17
2016: 12.02
2015: 11.79
2014: 11.56
2013: 11.10
2012: 10.75
2011: 10.56
2010: 10.40
2009: 9.88
2008: 9.65
2004: 12.84
2001: 14.16
1999: 15.40
1998: 13.01
1996: 16.82
1995: 19.52
1994: 16.90
1979: 13.065
1975: 12.38
1974: 12.595 6

Number of Privately Owned Rifles

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

1999: 8288

Number of Privately Owned Shotguns

ChartIn Western Australia, the number of shotguns in civilian possession is reported to be

1999: 19,9758
1979: 16,6722

Number of Privately Owned Handguns

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

2016: 27,6629
2010: 10,26710
2006: 9,82911
1999: 25,0318
1979: 5,12312

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

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

2019: 88,14113
2018: 92,082
2017: 91,720
2016: 91,657
2015: 91,221
2014: 90,968
2013: 90,117
2012: 89,342
2011: 89,192
2010: 89,285
2009: 89,553
2008: 90,661
2001: 84,82914 15
1999: 85,4148 16
1998: 97,00017
1996: 112,62018 16

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2019: 3.365
2018: 3.53
2017: 3.55
2016: 3.58
2015: 3.58
2014: 3.60
2013: 3.60
2012: 3.64
2011: 3.74
2010: 3.85
2009: 3.96
2008: 4.10
2001: 4.4614
1999: 4.615
1998: 5.31
1996: 6.37

Number of Registered Firearms

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

2019: 284,85613
2018: 290,327
2017: 285,636
2016: 280,124
2015: 273,135
2014: 265,627
2013: 252,462
2012: 240,098
2011: 228,988
2010: 219,259
2009: 203,329
2008: 193,753
2004: 231,12816
2001: 245,32214 15
1999: 259,5408 16
1998: 216,00017
1996: 270,37118 16
1995: 308,00019
1994: 261,923
1974: 129,031

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

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

2019: 10.875
2018: 11.14
2017: 11.06
2016: 10.93
2015: 10.72
2014: 10.50
2013: 10.09
2012: 9.77
2011: 9.60
2010: 9.45
2009: 8.98
2008: 8.77
2004: 11.68
2001: 12.9014
1999: 14.005
1998: 11.83
1996: 15.29
1995: 17.79
1994: 15.37
1974: 11.44

Estimated Number of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms

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

2019: 28,4861 20 7
2018: 29,033
2017: 28,564
2016: 28,012
2015: 27,314
2014: 26,563
2013: 25,246
2012: 24,010
2011: 22,899
2010: 21,926
2009: 20,333
2008: 19,375
2004: 23,113
2001: 24,532
1999: 25,954
1998: 21,600
1996: 27,037
1995: 30,800
1994: 26,192
1974: 12,903

Estimated Rate of Unregistered and Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnregistered and unlawfully held guns cannot be counted,20 but in Western Australia the rate of such firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2019: 1.095
2018: 1.11
2017: 1.11
2016: 1.09
2015: 1.07
2014: 1.05
2013: 1.01
2012: 0.98
2011: 0.96
2010: 0.95
2009: 0.90
2008: 0.88
2004: 1.17
2001: 1.29
1999: 1.40
1998: 1.18
1996: 1.53
1995: 1.77
1994: 1.54
1974: 1.14

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 1621
2017: 22
2016: 29
2015: 24
2014: 24
2013: 26
2012: 26
2011: 20
2010: 23
2009: 28
2008: 35
2007: 23
2006: 33
2005: 20
2004: 24
2003: 35
2002: 35
2001: 21
2000: 20
1999: 18

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.6121
2017: 0.85
2016: 1.13
2015: 0.94
2014: 0.95
2013: 1.04
2012: 1.06
2011: 0.84
2010: 0.99
2009: 1.24
2008: 1.61
2007: 1.09
2006: 1.61
2005: 0.99
2004: 1.21
2003: 1.79
2002: 1.81
2001: 1.10
2000: 1.06
1999: 0.97

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 1121
2017: 19
2016: 26
2015: 16
2014: 17
2013: 25
2012: 24
2011: 19
2010: 17
2009: 23

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.8421
2017: 1.47
2016: 2.02
2015: 1.25
2014: 1.34
2013: 1.98
2012: 1.94
2011: 1.58
2010: 1.46
2009: 2.02

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2018: 521
2017: 3
2016: 3
2015: 8
2014: 7
2013: 1
2012: 2
2011: 1
2010: 6
2009: 5

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3821
2017: 0.23
2016: 0.23
2015: 0.63
2014: 0.56
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.52
2009: 0.45

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2018: 4621
2017: 22
2016: 37
2015: 31
2014: 34
2013: 41
2012: 4622 23
2011: 26
2010: 3822 24
2009: 33
2008: 3822 25
2007: 21
2006: 30
2005: 22
2004: 14
2003: 19
2002: 30
2001: 2825
2000: 44
1999: 35
1998: 36
1997: 24
1996: 33
1995: 47
1994: 38
1993: 39
1992: 30
1991: 23
1990: 28

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

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

2018: 1.7721
2017: 0.85
2016: 1.44
2015: 1.22
2014: 1.34
2013: 1.64
2012: 1.87
2011: 1.09
2010: 1.64
2009: 1.46
2008: 1.75
2007: 1.00
2006: 1.46
2005: 1.09
2004: 0.71
2003: 0.97
2002: 1.56
2001: 1.47
2000: 2.34
1999: 1.89
1998: 1.97
1997: 1.33
1996: 1.87
1995: 2.71
1994: 2.23
1993: 2.32
1992: 1.81
1991: 1.41
1990: 1.74

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual male homicides by any means total

2018: 2321
2017: 15
2016: 24
2015: 22
2014: 25
2013: 25
2012: 27
2011: 18
2010: 25
2009: 19

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

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

2018: 1.7721
2017: 1.16
2016: 1.87
2015: 1.72
2014: 1.97
2013: 1.98
2012: 2.18
2011: 1.50
2010: 2.14
2009: 1.67

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual female homicides by any means total

2018: 2321
2017: 7
2016: 13
2015: 9
2014: 9
2013: 16
2012: 19
2011: 8
2010: 13
2009: 14

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

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

2018: 1.7621
2017: 0.54
2016: 1.02
2015: 0.71
2014: 0.72
2013: 1.29
2012: 1.56
2011: 0.68
2010: 1.13
2009: 1.25

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2018: 821
2017: 4
2016: 4
2015: 2
2014: 6
2013: 7
2012: 522 26
2011: 4
2010: 2
2009: 8
2008: 922 27
2007: 322 28
2006: 922 29
2005: 222 30
2004: 422 31
2003: 322 32
2002: 322 33

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3121
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.24
2013: 0.28
2012: 0.20
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.35
2008: 0.41
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.44
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.16

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Western Australia, annual male firearm homicides total

2018: 321
2017: 2
2016: 1
2015: 0
2014: 3
2013: 7
2012: 4
2011: 4
2010: 2
2009: 6

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.2321
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.08
2015: 0
2014: 0.24
2013: 0.56
2012: 0.32
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.17
2009: 0.53

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Western Australia, annual female firearm homicides total

2018: 521
2017: 2
2016: 3
2015: 2
2014: 3
2013: 0
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 2

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3821
2017: 0.15
2016: 0.23
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.24
2013: 0
2012: 0.08
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0.18

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 022
2015: 2
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 2
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 0

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.00

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual long gun homicides total

2016: 022
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 5
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 4
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 2
2003: 3
2002: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.21
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.18
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.10
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.10

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual gun homicides (other) total

2016: 122
2015: 2
2014: 4
2013: 5
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 3
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 4
2002: 1

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

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

2016: 0.0434
2015: 0.08
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.20
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.20
2002: 0.05

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual suicides by any means total

2018: 38321
2017: 409
2016: 370
2015: 402
2014: 366
2013: 336
2012: 367
2011: 309
2010: 312
2009: 277
2008: 30035 36
2007: 265
2006: 245
2005: 203
2004: 194
2003: 226
2002: 242
2001: 26936
2000: 261
1999: 236

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

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

2018: 14.7021
2017: 15.84
2016: 14.43
2015: 15.78
2014: 14.47
2013: 13.43
2012: 14.93
2011: 12.95
2010: 13.45
2009: 12.24
2008: 13.81
2007: 12.58
2006: 11.95
2005: 10.09
2004: 9.80
2003: 11.57
2002: 12.55
2001: 14.11
2000: 13.89
1999: 12.73

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual male suicides by any means total

2018: 28521
2017: 304
2016: 267
2015: 295
2014: 276
2013: 252
2012: 271
2011: 229
2010: 249
2009: 216

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

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

2018: 21.8921
2017: 23.53
2016: 20.78
2015: 23.07
2014: 21.71
2013: 20
2012: 21.86
2011: 19.05
2010: 21.32
2009: 18.94

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual female suicides by any means total

2018: 9821
2017: 105
2016: 103
2015: 107
2014: 90
2013: 84
2012: 96
2011: 80
2010: 63
2009: 61

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

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

2018: 7.5221
2017: 8.13
2016: 8.05
2015: 8.43
2014: 7.16
2013: 6.76
2012: 7.88
2011: 6.76
2010: 5.47
2009: 5.43

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual firearm suicides total

2018: 821
2017: 18
2016: 25
2015: 18
2014: 17
2013: 15
2012: 19
2011: 14
2010: 18
2009: 20
2008: 2235 36
2007: 20
2006: 20
2005: 13
2004: 13
2003: 24
2002: 24
2001: 2036
2000: 17
1999: 27

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.3121
2017: 0.70
2016: 0.98
2015: 0.71
2014: 0.67
2013: 0.60
2012: 0.77
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.78
2009: 0.88
2008: 1.01
2007: 0.95
2006: 0.98
2005: 0.65
2004: 0.66
2003: 1.23
2002: 1.24
2001: 1.05
2000: 0.90
1999: 0.92

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Western Australia, annual male firearm suicides total

2018: 821
2017: 17
2016: 25
2015: 15
2014: 13
2013: 15
2012: 19
2011: 14
2010: 12
2009: 17

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 0.6121
2017: 1.32
2016: 1.95
2015: 1.17
2014: 1.02
2013: 1.19
2012: 1.53
2011: 1.16
2010: 1.03
2009: 1.49

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Western Australia, annual female firearm suicides total

2018: 021
2017: 1
2016: 0
2015: 3
2014: 4
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 6
2009: 3

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2018: 021
2017: 0.08
2016: 0
2015: 0.24
2014: 0.32
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0.52
2009: 0.27

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 035
2015: 4
2014: 4
2013: 3
2012: 4
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 2
2008: 5
2007: 2
2006: 3
2005: 1
2003: 4
2002: 2

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.15
2014: 0.16
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.09
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.09
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.05
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.10

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Western Australia, the number of long gun suicides is

2016: 2335
2015: 13
2014: 11
2013: 12
2012: 14
2011: 10
2010: 14
2009: 13
2008: 14
2007: 17
2006: 15
2005: 12
2004: 10
2003: 11
2002: 20

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.9034
2015: 0.50
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.48
2012: 0.57
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.61
2009: 0.58
2008: 0.64
2007: 0.81
2006: 0.73
2005: 0.60
2004: 0.51
2003: 0.56
2002: 1.04

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual gun suicides (other) total

2016: 035
2015: 3
2014: 5
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 4
2010: 3
2009: 3
2008: 3
2007: 1
2006: 2
2005: 0
2004: 3
2003: 9
2002: 2

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

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.14
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.46
2002: 0.10

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 037
2015: 4
2014: 0
2013: 4
2012: 2
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 0
2008: 437 36
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 8
2002: 8
2001: 136
2000: 3
1999: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.16
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.16
2012: 0.08
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.13
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.15
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.41
2002: 0.41
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.16
1999: 0.05

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 1
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 3
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0.08
2014: 0
2013: 0.24
2012: 0.08
2011: 0
2010: 0.26
2009: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 3
2014: 0
2013: 1
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0.24
2014: 0
2013: 0.08
2012: 0.08
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Western 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: 1
2005: 0

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Western 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: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

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

2016: 037
2015: 3
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 4
2007: 0
2006: 2
2005: 0
2004: 3
2003: 4
2002: 4

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.10
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.21

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

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

2016: 037
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 3
2003: 4
2002: 4

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

ChartIn Western 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: 0.04
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.15
2003: 0.20
2002: 0.21

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 038
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 2
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0
2006: 1
2005: 2
2004: 4

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

ChartIn Western 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: 0.04
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.08
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.20

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2018: 021
2017: 0
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Western 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: 1
2010: 0
2009: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Western 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: 2

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

ChartIn Western 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: 0.10

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

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

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

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

2016: 0.0034
2015: 0.00
2014: 0.04
2013: 0.00
2012: 0.00
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.00
2009: 0.00
2008: 0.00
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.05
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.20

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Western 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 Western 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

In Western Australia, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 039

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Western Australia, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence40 41

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

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

Firearm Imports

In Western 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 Western Australia is low46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56

Regulation of Arms Brokers

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

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Western 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 Western Australia is categorised as restrictive60

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Western Australia includes the Firearms Act 1973,61 and the Firearms Regulations 1974.62 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199663 and 201764

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Western Australia are regulated by the Minister65 and the Commissioner of Police66

Right to Possess Firearms

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

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Western Australia, civilians are not allowed to possess automatic firearms, self-loading rifles and shotguns (including pump action shotguns), armour piercing and incendiary ammunition and most handguns70 71 72 73 63

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

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

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Western Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, looklaikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances70 72

Regulation of Handguns

In Western Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions70 74 75 73

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Western Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law70 71 72

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Western Australia, only licensed gun owners76 40 77 78 79 80 72 81 74 82 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Western Australia 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, and bona fide gun collections.83 84 85 86 87 77 88 89 90 75 91 In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason92 93 94

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Western Australia is 18 years95 82

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Western Australia must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and domestic violence96 97 98 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Western Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required99 100

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Western Australia stipulates96 101 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Western Australia, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required102 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Western Australia, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every one to five years, depending on licence category103

Licensing Records

In Western Australia, authorities maintain a record104 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Western Australia are permitted to possess only firearms of a type for which 'genuine reason' for ownership has been proven84 87

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Western Australia are permitted to possess only ammunition suitable for the registered firearm, as specified on the firearm licence84 87

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Western Australia, the law requires105 104 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 Western Australia, licensed firearm dealers are required105 106 107 108 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Western Australia, licensed gun makers are required41 109 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Western Australia, State agencies are required110 111 105 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 Western Australia, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited unless conducted and registered by a licensed firearm dealer, or in remote locations by police40

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Western Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful40

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Western Australia is obliged76 112 113 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 Western Australia is obliged76 112 113 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Western Australia is reported to be

2019: 2,14013
2018: 2,159
2017: 2,142
2016: 2,095
2015: 2,025
2014: 2,007
2013: 1,945
2012: 1,904
2011: 1,824
2010: 1,773
2009: 1,776
2008: 1,777
1999: 300114

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Western Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days97

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Western Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated99 100 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Western Australia include115 116 117 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 Western Australia include118 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Western Australia include111 110 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Western Australia do not include99 100 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Western Australia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place 92 93 94

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Western Australia, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is prohibited without genuine reason. In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason.92 93 94

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Western Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm119 is five to seven years in prison76 115 118 107

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 16,120 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 Western Australia are known to have121 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 Western Australia, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2017: 1,242122
2014: 1,200123 124
2013: 34125
2012: 80126
2011: 189127
2009: 71128
2002: 28129
1998: 47,218130
1997: 51,499121 15
1996/1997: 53,000131

Small Arms Destroyed

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

2017: 1,080132
1996/2001: 51,499121

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Western Australia, it is not state policy133 134 135 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

Marking and Tracing

Firearm Marking

In Western Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law115 41 136

Firearm Tracing

In Western Australia, state authorities carry out137 138 139 140 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Western Australia, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not99 100 109 recorded in a register


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