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Petrie, Andrea. 2006 ‘A Disarming Cause: Have tighter gun laws made us safer?.’ The Age. Melbourne: 28 April

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Today, there are 2.5 million firearms registered in Australia and more than 750,000 individual gun licence-holders, each with an average of three weapons.

A Newspoll survey estimates there were about 3.2 million registered guns across the country in 1996. The exact number is not known, as no national figures were published until 2001. That year, there where more than 2.1 million registered guns and 764,518 individual firearm licence-holders …

In Victoria, a state that had tough gun laws before the massacre in Tasmania, there were about 720,000 firearms registered to 227,000 licensed gun owners.

Today, 556,695 guns are registered to 184,000 licensed owners. Gun deaths in Victoria have also declined, from an average of 174.1 per 100,000 of the population between 1979 and 1987 to 70 between 1997 and 2002.

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