4.3 Million Registered Guns in Australia.
Crim Trac have 4.3 million guns registered in Australia, but figures are in a mess. That of course is only the legal registerd ones, why does CrimTrac want yours and my information. Well the answer to that is that the Government consider us all Criminals. All I can say is the feeling is mutral, whats more I could prove it to most people.
Put together the patchy figures from all the state gun registries and it looks as if there are at least 2.7 million registered guns in the country. The national police information sharing… service, CrimTrac, says it has 4.3 million registered guns on its database. But it can’t say much more about it than that. That’s because the country’s gun statistics are in a mess.
“Politicians should show some leadership and end this wasteful bureaucratic bungle. This would free up at least $74 000 each day for improved social services, healthcare, and policing,” said Dr McPhedran.
“Gun registration has not been shown, anywhere in the world, to be an effective way to reduce crime. It simply diverts resources away from where they are truly needed.”
“This is why Canada is currently getting rid of longarm registration, and why New Zealand abandoned registration in the early 1980s.”
“Those countries maintain sensible licensing regimes similar to Australia’s, but also recognise that wasting money on firearms registration does not improve public health and safety.”
MORE GUNS LESS CRIME.
The director of the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research is Don Weatherburn:
Don Weatherburn: “It’s not just national gun statistics; national crime statistics are in a dismal state and they really need significant attention. We have some states counting things differently to other states; they’re often non-comparable—for a while there the Australian Bureau of Statistics even made it impossible to compare one state’s crimes with another state’s crimes. And that’s important, because that’s the statistical information that tells the public what’s going on and also helps organisations like ours to analyse the trends and identify patterns that can help police. So it’s true to say that national crime statistics are badly in need of repair and reform.”
ANNUALY 74, 000 NEW GUNS IMPORTED, 47,000 NEW SHOOTER
Ian Townsend: If you want to know if numbers of guns are increasing in this country, it’s easier to look at what’s being imported. Customs figures show that last financial year we imported 44,000 rifles, 12,000 shotguns and nearly 20,000 handguns. They also show that in the past 15 years we’ve imported 730,000 firearms, and that’s more than were destroyed in the buybacks since 1996. We’ve put these figures on the Background Briefing website.
Investigation by the Radio National ‘Background Briefing’ program has found that Australia’s mandatory gun registration scheme is riddled with inaccuracies, and cannot be shown to have delivered any public health and safety outcomes.
The International Coalition for Women in Shooting and Hunting (WiSH) say this is a sign that Australia should follow Canada’s lead, and abolish registration of rifles and shotguns.
WiSH chair, Dr Samara McPhedran, said “There is not a shred of evidence that firearms registration has prevented crime, and these latest revelations prove that the Australian system has been nothing more than an expensive failure.”
The BILLION DOLLAR REGISTER.
The estimated cost of maintaining lists of legally owned guns over the past 15 years ranges from $405 million to $1.5 billion.
The error rate in the registries is thought to be up to 80 percent, meaning up to eight out of every 10 records held by firearms registries is inaccurate.