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50,000 guns on the north coast: Greens

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The NSW Greens have claimed gun owners are amassing private arsenals, with 50,000 guns registered on the north coast alone.

Greens MP and Gun Control Spokesperson David Shoebridge said one person in Ballina owns 237 guns.

‘There are now 100 individuals across the state who own more than 70 guns,’ Mr Shoebridge said.

‘These gun owners are not collectors or arms dealers but private individuals who have been allowed to amass private arsenals.

‘This is because a loophole in NSW’s gun laws allows private individuals to use the same reason to buy their 1st, 10th or 310th gun.

‘We need to close this loophole immediately, there is no good reason for a private individual to own hundreds of guns.

Mr Shoebridge said the  total number of guns in NSW had jumped by 65,000 in just two years.

‘There are now over 900,000 registered guns across the state and the North Coast has just over 50,000,’ he said.

NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge.
NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge.

‘Fewer households own guns, but ownership has become more concentrated.

‘It is inevitable that some of these private arsenals will end up in the hands of criminals.

‘Just last week 15 guns were stolen from a property in Hunter.

‘If this trend is allowed to continue NSW will have over one million registered guns within another two years.

‘A 20-year review of gun laws enacted after the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996 did not even look at capping the number of guns that can be owned by one individual.

‘Instead, it focused mainly on reducing red tape for the gun lobby.

‘The Liberal National and the Labor Party must stand up to the gun lobby and stop ignoring the community who overwhelmingly support serious gun control,’ Mr Shoebridge said.

New research available on The Greens website TooManyGuns shows the extent of gun ownership and private arsenals across the state.

People can search by their postcode to see how many registered guns are in their communities.

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  1. God these tree huggers are a joke. They just cannot mind their own business. 35% rate increases in Byron Shire under the Greens.

    • The Greens have demonstrated in the Byron Shire – and also in the ACT where they hold the balance of power – that they lack the capacity to manage public assets responsibility. Nevertheless they are quite correct to raise concerns about the number of guns out there. I suspect though that those with large number numbers are simply tragic collectors – I had 160 atlases before I moved. It could be though that person in Ballina is building up an arsenal to arm us should the NSW government ever propose amalgamation with the Byron Shire.

  2. So the firearms are registered and secured. And the authorities know where they are. What’s your fear. Is it that they might be stolen…Lets have have more regulations to stop what might happen and when it might happen, so that we can,what, call the Police.
    Where’s the website that shows the amount of unregistered and unsecured firearms?
    And what’s the deal about bringing this story now. You’re surely not so low that you’re riding the wave of sensational news from the tragedy of Las Vegas are you.

  3. Some 29 years ago there was a guns amnesty and guns were handed in to the police. A police sergeant (now deceased) sold some of the guns back to the community for $150 each. I can assure you this was a fact! A 12 bore and a 303-25 was bought by a family member. The guns ave since been otherwise disposed of.


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