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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

2016: 323,7311 2 3
2012: 345,074
2008: 311,138
2004: 254,241
2001: 269,854
1999: 285,494
1998: 237,600
1996: 297,408
1995: 338,800
1994: 288,115
1979: 16,6724
1975: 139,0005
1974: 141,9341 2

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

2016: 12.396 7 3
2012: 14.15
2008: 14.33
2004: 12.84
2001: 14.16
1999: 15.40
1998: 13.01
1996: 16.82
1995: 19.52
1994: 16.90
1979: 13.066
1975: 12.38
1974: 12.596 7

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: 16,6724

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

2013: 82,50013
2012: 82,83814
2008: 77,89515
2001: 84,82916 17
1999: 85,4148 15
1998: 97,00018
1996: 112,62019 15

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

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

2013: 3.286
2012: 3.40
2008: 3.59
2001: 4.4616
1999: 4.616
1998: 5.31
1996: 6.37

Number of Registered Firearms

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

2016: 294,3019
2012: 313,70414
2008: 282,85315
2004: 231,128
2001: 245,32216 17
1999: 259,5408 15
1998: 216,00018
1996: 270,37119 15
1995: 308,00020
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

2016: 11.266
2012: 12.87
2008: 13.02
2004: 11.68
2001: 12.9016
1999: 14.006
1998: 11.83
1996: 15.29
1995: 17.79
1994: 15.37
1974: 11.44

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

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

2016: 29,4301 21 3
2012: 31,370
2008: 28,285
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 Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

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

2016: 1.136
2012: 1.29
2008: 1.30
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

2016: 2422
2015: 27
2014: 26
2013: 26
2012: 27
2011: 22
2010: 19
2009: 25
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

2016: 0.9423
2015: 1.04
2014: 1.02
2013: 1.03
2012: 1.11
2011: 0.93
2010: 0.82
2009: 1.12
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

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Western Australia, annual homicides by any means total

2016: 3524
2015: 27
2014: 32
2013: 34
2012: 4624 25
2011: 26
2010: 3824 26
2009: 33
2008: 3824 27
2007: 21
2006: 30
2005: 22
2004: 14
2003: 19
2002: 30
2001: 2827
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

2016: 1.3728
2015: 1.04
2014: 1.25
2013: 1.35
2012: 1.89
2011: 1.10
2010: 1.66
2009: 1.47
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

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual firearm homicides total

2016: 124
2015: 4
2014: 5
2013: 5
2012: 524 29
2011: 4
2010: 124 30
2009: 724 31
2008: 924 32
2007: 324 33
2006: 924 34
2005: 224 35
2004: 424 36
2003: 324 37
2002: 324 38

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

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

2016: 0.0428
2015: 0.15
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.20
2012: 0.21
2011: 0.17
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.31
2008: 0.41
2007: 0.14
2006: 0.44
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.20
2003: 0.15
2002: 0.16

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual handgun homicides total

2016: 024
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: 0.0028
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: 024
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: 0.0028
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: 124
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: 0.0428
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

2016: 37139
2015: 394
2014: 373
2013: 333
2012: 367
2011: 309
2010: 312
2009: 277
2008: 30039 40
2007: 265
2006: 245
2005: 203
2004: 194
2003: 226
2002: 242
2001: 26940
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

2016: 14.5028
2015: 15.21
2014: 14.59
2013: 13.24
2012: 15.05
2011: 13.13
2010: 13.62
2009: 12.36
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

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual firearm suicides total

2016: 2339
2015: 20
2014: 20
2013: 18
2012: 21
2011: 14
2010: 17
2009: 18
2008: 2239 40
2007: 20
2006: 20
2005: 13
2004: 13
2003: 24
2002: 24
2001: 2040
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

2016: 0.9028
2015: 0.77
2014: 0.78
2013: 0.72
2012: 0.86
2011: 0.59
2010: 0.74
2009: 0.80
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

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Western Australia, annual handgun suicides total

2016: 039
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: 0.0028
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: 2339
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: 0.9028
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: 039
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: 0.0028
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

2016: 041
2015: 3
2014: 0
2013: 3
2012: 1
2011: 0
2010: 1
2009: 0
2008: 441 40
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 3
2004: 3
2003: 8
2002: 8
2001: 140
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

2016: 0.0028
2015: 0.12
2014: 0.00
2013: 0.12
2012: 0.04
2011: 0.00
2010: 0.04
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 Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Western Australia, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2016: 041
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: 0.0028
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: 0.05
2005: 0.00

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

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

2016: 041
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: 0.0028
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: 041
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: 0.0028
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

2016: 042
2015: 0
2014: 1
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 4
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

2016: 0.0028
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: 0.10
2004: 0.20

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 042
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: 0.0028
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: 0.10

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

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

2016: 042
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: 0.0028
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: 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 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: 0.0028
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

In Western Australia, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2016: 043

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 licence44 45

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

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

Firearm Imports

In Western Australia, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law46 49 47 48

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Western Australia is low50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Western Australia, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law61

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Western Australia include62 63 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 restrictive64

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Western Australia includes the Firearms Act 1973,65 and the Firearms Regulations 1974.66 All Australian States and Territories are bound by the National Firearms Agreement of 199667 and 201768

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Western Australia are regulated by the Minister69 and the Commissioner of Police70

Right to Possess Firearms

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

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 handguns74 75 76 77 67

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 guns74

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Western Australia, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is prohibited, looklaikes included, in all but exceptional circumstances74 76

Regulation of Handguns

In Western Australia, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is only permitted subject to stringent conditions74 78 79 77

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Western Australia, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law74 75 76

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Western Australia, only licensed gun owners80 44 81 82 83 84 76 85 78 86 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.87 88 89 90 91 81 92 93 94 79 95 In law, personal protection is not a genuine reason96 97 98

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Western Australia is 18 years99 86

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 violence100 101 102 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Western Australia, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required103 104

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Western Australia stipulates100 105 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 required106 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 category107

Licensing Records

In Western Australia, authorities maintain a record108 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 proven88 91

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 licence88 91

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Western Australia, the law requires109 108 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 required109 110 111 112 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 required45 113 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Western Australia, State agencies are required114 115 109 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 police44

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Western Australia, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful44

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Western Australia is obliged80 116 117 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 obliged80 116 117 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

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

1999: 300118

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Western Australia, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 28 days101

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Western Australia, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated103 104 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Western Australia include119 120 121 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 include122 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 include115 114 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 include103 104 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Western Australia, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law119 45 123

Firearm Tracing

In Western Australia, state authorities carry out124 125 126 127 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 not103 104 113 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Western Australia, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place 96 97 98

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.96 97 98

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Western Australia, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm128 is five to seven years in prison80 119 122 111

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Western Australia are known to have129 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

2014: 1,200130 131
2013: 34132
2012: 80133
2011: 189134
2009: 71135
2002: 28136
1998: 47,218137
1997: 51,499129 17
1996/1997: 53,000138

Small Arms Destroyed

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

1996/2001: 51,499129

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Western Australia, it is not state policy139 140 141 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market


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