Greens figures reveal private arsenals in the Inner West

Twenty years on from the Port Arthur tragedy, it is time to review the state of Australia’s firearms laws. 

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Revealing the new figures on gun ownership that have been obtained from NSW Police by the Greens, Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain, said:

"Many people will be shocked at the private arsenals built up by individuals in ordinary suburbs and towns across NSW. 

The National Firearms Agreement made it a universal requirement across Australia for people to establish they have a genuine reason for having a firearms licence and a good reason to acquire a firearm.

However there is a serious loophole in Australia’s firearms laws that is being exploited by some gun owners so that they can accumulate dozens and dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of guns.

In Rozelle in my electorate, for example, there is an individual who owns 48 guns.

These arsenals are not held by collectors, as these statistics specifically excluded guns owned by firearm dealers and collectors.

There are dozens of people in ordinary suburbs like ours in the Inner West who quite literally own private arsenals. The community expects that our firearm laws will put reasonable limits on the number of guns people can own.

We accept that there are people in the community who have a genuine reason to own a gun. However it is impossible to see how any one citizen in an inner city suburb can establish a genuine reason to have dozens of guns.

In the interests of community safety it is time this loophole in the firearms laws was closed.”

Gun data for Balmain electorate:


Information obtained and compiled by Greens spokesperson on gun control David Shoebridge.

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  • David Howsam
    commented 2017-10-14 14:49:23 +1100
    Jamie, I completely support the stance to curb guns in our community – I will stand with you
    In the landmark study of 2016 researchers from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Professor Simon Chapmam and Associate Professor Philip Alpers( published in the American Medical Journal:,)
    demonstrated that since the major gun law reforms were introduced in Australia, mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides. They found for every person in Australia shot in a massacre, 139 [people] are shot through firearm-related suicide or homicides, so they are much more common The irony is the person you have to protect yourself most from in a home is the person who owns the gun. Chapman said “more than half of those who had conducted mass shootings in Australia and New Zealand had been licensed gun holders. When these laws came in the hope was they would curb mass shooting, but what we didn’t realise was the laws would be followed by huge changes in other types of shootings, particularly in suicide,”
    Guns have no place in our cities.Full Stop!
  • Robert Guaran
    commented 2017-10-14 11:18:46 +1100
    This is a beat up. It is not the number of firearms, but their characteristics and capabilities. Are any of these firearms pump action shotguns or semi-automatics? A .22lr for hunting and target, one target Centre fire for hunting and one for target and a shotgun. This would be a reasonable number, 5 firearms for any shooter. Forty eight is a bit over the top.

    One could reasonably justify two centre fire hunting rifles.

    Having said this: we don’t need rifles with magazines of greater than 5 rounds, we don’t need lever action shotguns of high capacity, we don’t need a rifle of capacity greater than.338lapua – anywhere in Australia.
  • Warwick D
    commented 2017-10-13 22:39:26 +1100
    I sure don’t agree that any individual should have 48 guns, but gun ownership is a civil right. If people actually were properly educated with history instead of constant propaganda and lies – even in the education system – you will soon understand that this civil right was given to protect you from tyrannical runaway government! And what do we have all around the world today? Just that. The world is a dangerous place and you are in more danger without a gun to protect you. Statistics show that in areas where guns are banned, crime increases cause the criminals know you’re now unarmed. It’s classic playbook, take the guns and the people cannot respond to tyrannical government. How do we do it, we create a disaster. Problem, reaction, solution. Guns do not kill people – PEOPLE kill people. And they are generally psyched out on – surprise! – legal psychotropic mind altering and mind controlling Big Pharma prescription drugs! Every shoot out in the US, the patsy has been drugged out on mind-altering pharmaceuticals. If you also do more intellectual reading, instead of watching BS fake news everywhere, you will learn that the Port Arthur incident was a false flag setup to take your guns. Kim Beasley even said just prior to the event that Australia needs a mass shooting for them to take the guns. Martin Bryant was a patsy. Do your research.
    How many certificates on your wall? It only means you’re certified stupid and fell for all the establishment traps and lies that are finally coming down, and not before time. Power to the people – it’s time for the reset.
  • David Howsam
    commented 2017-10-13 19:28:40 +1100
    Totally with you on this one Jamie we need to close that loophole and tighten gun control. The national wide real-time gun register must be implemented as fast as possible.. The AMA have called for all guns to be stored out of homes and into secure gun clubs.The big study done before and after Port Arthur gun laws shows conclusively people with guns kill many more people compared to people without guns. We do not need guns in the city – full stop
  • Tim Parker
    commented 2017-10-13 16:28:51 +1100
    I tell you what: if they ever publish a list of owners of bikes and guitars there will be a few of us with some explaining to do to our other halves…

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