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Monday, 12 December 2011

NSW gun numbers approach pre-Port Arthur levels

Following reports that the number of registered firearms and firearm
owners in NSW is fast approaching pre-Port Arthur levels, Greens NSW MP
David Shoebridge has called for the government to take action to reverse
the creeping gun culture in NSW.

"It is time to put the brakes on the emerging gun culture in NSW," Mr
Shoebridge said.

"The Port Arthur tragedy led to significant gun law reform across
Australia in 1996. However successive state governments have weakened
the gun laws in order to secure the votes of the Shooters Party in the
Upper House.

"In 2011 the total number of people with a firearms licence in NSW
jumped to 188,149, which nearly matches the pre-Port Arthur level of

"This has been matched by a surge in the number of licensed guns in NSW,
with the numbers growing from 619,000 in 2001 to a staggering 758,802
this year.

"The prime policy agenda of the Shooters Party is getting more guns into
the hands of more people and these figures prove they are delivering on

"Not only is the number of registered firearms increasing, so too are
the number of guns per registered shooter.

"Over the last 10 years, the number of registered guns per licence
holder has risen from just over 3 to an average of almost 5 guns per

"There may be valid reasons for an individual to own 1 or 2 guns, but
what we are seeing is people developing small arsenals. It's dangerous,
unnecessary and it has to stop.

"We don't want the next positive firearm law reform to come after
another tragedy. The government has a responsibility to get ahead of the
game, stand up to the Shooters, and make NSW safer now," Mr Shoebridge

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