Australian Gun Registration a Billion Dollar Failure
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
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
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
“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.”
Figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) show that almost
all firearms used to commit homicide are unregistered, and the offenders
unlicensed. While legal firearm ownership continues to increase, firearm
misuse has been declining steadily since the 1980s.
Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2011 16:28