Stolen Firearms

Record Number of Firearms Stolen Across Australia

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Statistics obtained by Gun Control Australia (GCA) under freedom of information laws reveal that a record number of firearms - 6451- have been stolen over a two-year period (2014 and 2015).

This is the largest number of firearms theft since the Australian Institute of Criminology published the last lot of figures on firearm theft in 2011. The last publication on firearm theft published by the Australian Institute of Criminology found that 1,712 firearm were stolen in 2007-08.1

The state of Victoria (1,451) had the largest number of firearms stolen, followed closely by New South Wales (1,406) and then Western Australia (1,322).

Jurisdiction

No. stolen Year 2013-14

No. stolen Year 2014-15

Total

VIC

707

744

1451

NSW

682

724

1406

WA

423

899

1322

QLD

591

620

1211

SA

246

262

508

TAS

231

258

489

*NT

17

17

34

ACT

12

18

30

Total

2909

3542

6451

*Note: The Northern Territory does not provide stolen firearm data available via freedom of Information. The NT figure is AV average taken from data on stolen firearms from

All jurisdictions were requested to provide data on; type of firearm stolen, location and category. However, due to the lack of consistency in the collection of data and availability of resources across jurisdictions not all states could provide the requested information. 

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  • commented 2016-12-25 21:57:40 +1100
    Yes stolen guns are the elephant in the room.
    How many are lever action shot guns we won’t know as most states don’t record this type of action.
    They have to ask each officer in person to find the type of action if the officer remembers.
    As the computer program does not have a box that says lever action .
    So they tick the box that says type unknown.
  • published this page 2016-11-29 22:22:27 +1100