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Australia is a country that regularly gets put in the spotlight when the United States talks about gun control. While many use us as a shining example of how gun control works, others use us as an example of why gun control doesn’t work.

New statistics from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reports that there may be as many as 260,000 illegal guns circulating the underworld of Australia. However, if the numbers from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are factored in that number could be more around 600,000. This number is threatening to grow as states cannot seem to agree on regulations.

Where are the guns coming from? According to the chief executive of the ACIC, Chris Dawson, outlaw bikie gangs and Middle Eastern crime groups are possibly responsible for the growing gun numbers.

Mr Dawson told The Age, “It is a common feature when police are searching bikies or Middle Eastern crime groups that weapons are found”. While there are 3 million legal owned firearms in Australia, the growing number of illegal arms comes from some theft of legal owners while an estimated 5000 illegal handguns are importing using state loopholes. These loopholes allow for the importation of deactivated guns that can be reactivated once in the country.

Do the raising gun rates alarm you? Do you believe that the meeting between the states to combat the problem is going to be effective? Do you think that Australia needs tougher or looser gun restrictions for legal users?

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  1. you cant bring in a replica handgun,so I cant ever see a deactivated handgun being permitted.

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    • K or L frame Smith and Wesson. Maybe they allow them with hammer springs removed. In a packet beside. Browning Hi-Power, with firing pin removed, also in a packet with the gun.

  2. Simple answer is “Yes, we have an increasing illegal gun problem”. From what I am reading and hearing some of the “illegal guns” are those stolen from licensed owners which suggests, to me, inefficient gun storage. Something like that should be easy to fix …. A task force to visit the addresses of al licences owners to check and advise re gun storage cupboards/lockers and their security.
    For those “illegal guns” that have not been stolen in Australia this shows, to me, an inept, inefficient border control. Every parcel arising in Australia be it by air or by ship, by container or by cardboard, or wooden box should be x-rayed to determine its contents and ensuring they match the paper work, manifest.

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    • THE FIREARMS STOLEN FROM LAW ABIDING FIREARM OWNERS-(LAFO’S). HAVE NEVER TURNED UP IN A CRIME OR FOUND IN THE POSSESSION OF CRIMINAL/THEIFS. LOOK UP THE POLICE STATS. THE THEFTS ALWAYS SEEM TO HAPPEN WEEKS OR DAYS AFTER THE POLICE HAVE INSPECTED THE SAFES AND STORAGE.AS PART OF THE LICENSE C/REGISTRATION CONDITIONS– THE REGISTRY IS COMPROMISED –AS SEEN LAST JANUARY WHEN A GREENS SENATOR OBTAINED THE NSW LIST OF OWNERS AND LISTED THEM ON A OFFFSHORE OWNED WEBSITE BY ANOTHER ENTITY.. THAT WAS HIGHLY ILLEGAL, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROSECUTED /THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPLIED IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SACKED AND PROSECUTED..
      BEING A LAFO’S WITH FIREARMS REGISTERED GETS YOU PUT ON CRIMETRAK..FOR BEING A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN.???

    • Roughly 1 in 10 containers are checked at the import docks, they do not have enough staff or equipment to check all, but we did have half a billion dollars to waste on a gun buy back. They bought all my old worn out guns for a great price and I replaced them with new ones. Before the buy back our gun club had 400+ members since the buy back we have close to 2,000 members that is not a misprint two thousand members now.

  3. The police already do random checks on gun stowage and the amount of guns stolen is such a small percentage compared to the illegal imports, when the drug dealers can smuggle millions of dollars worth of drugs how easy would it be for them to smuggle the guns in with the drugs. Easy market for the dealers to sell to. Leave the legal gun owner alone they are not the problem, hit the dealers and importers of the poison like the guy in the Philippines, put a bounty on the importers, dealers and pushers

  4. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THE TOTALLY EMBARRASING THING FOR LNP=LABOUR=GREENS == IS THEY WILL NOT PUT INTO PLACE PUNISHMENTS THAT WILL STOP PEOPLE USING/IMPORTING FIREARMS IN CRIMES– “”MINIMUM 30 YEARS”” FOR USING=IMPORTING=STEALING-SELLING ILLEGAL FIREARMS–IF THEY DO THAT LOTS OF REALLY GOOD THINGS WOULD HAPPEN.!JUST LATELY IN QLD -ROBBERY WITH A WEAPON–GUILTY -WHILST ON BAIL FOR SAME OFFENCE 2 YEARS JAIL.- REDUCED TO 3 MONTHS – WALKED OUT OF JAIL.. HOW GOOD IS THAT.???????

  5. The government needs tougher laws for illegal gun owners they are premeditating violence so convict them and put them in jail i am a legal gun owner why have been for 50 years why should i continually be having to fight for my legal rights get off our case .the amount of violence committed with knives is more of a worry .
    What about the violence with cars.

  6. Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns.
    The law abiding firearm owners aren’t a problem while a small number of firearms may be stolen from licensed gun owners a bigger quantity is stolen from police stations . many are smuggled into the country .Only stricter border checks and severe mandatory penalties for a crime committed with a weapon whether it is a firearm knife or cricket bat.

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