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Gun Ownership 'Getting Out of Control' in NSW

Daily Telegraph (Sydney)

11 December 2011

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Soaring gun ownership in NSW is expected to soon exceed levels prior to the federal government's 1996 buy-back program.

Figures obtained by The Sunday Telegraph show there are 188,885 people on the NSW Police Firearms Register, just short of the estimated 200,000 licence holders pre- the Port Arthur massacre, which triggered changes to gun laws…

After Martin Bryant killed 35 people when he opened fire on Port Arthur in Hobart on April 28, 1996, the federal government bought back more than 630,000 guns and imposed a new licensing scheme and firearms register.

In 2001, when the first accurate figures of firearm licences were recorded by the registry, there were 180,663 licences in NSW. The numbers crept up to 186,296 the following year but dropped by 11.3 per cent in 2004 before climbing again…

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