Jan 16, 2013

Cause for alarm? Australia has more guns, but they’re less dangerous

Gun ownership in Australia has bounced back and is now at pre-Port Arthur levels. But it's worth looking at the types of guns owned, and who owns them. Crikey intern Jemimah Clegg reports.

Does Australia have its own gun problem? Australians own about the same number of firearms as before Port Arthur but factor in population growth and the types of firearms, and the numbers might be less alarming.

Research by Philip Alpers from the University of Sydney made headlines this week when it was revealed Australians imported more than 1 million guns since the 1988. But Alpers tells Crikey population should be factored into the numbers.

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4 thoughts on “Cause for alarm? Australia has more guns, but they’re less dangerous

  1. Gavin Moodie

    Thanx for this most informative report.

  2. Deirdre Ryan

    Jemimah, YOu really have NOT fully checked out Mr Alpers sources have you? Not good journalism but par for the course in this day & age! One does expect better from CRIKEY!

    D RYAN

  3. Michelle Imison

    Well Deirdre, since you’re obviously an expert – please, do tell us what we’re missing…

  4. TheFamousEccles

    Where are the references? I have had a quick look around and for every report I have read (SBS,ABC,there is no link to the actual study.

    Isn’t that something?

    Having a look at (a site Adjunct Associate Professor Alpers is involved with) it tells me that gun per capita figures the “rate of civilian firearms possession” in Australia are 15 per 100 people. Then, the “rate of registered firearms per 100 people” is 12.44 (though that is a 2011 figure).

    The report cited in the piece above states a different figure.

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