Thousands of guns in Tumut region: Greens

Greens MP David Shoebridge said there are too many guns in NSW.

There are 4,705 guns in the Tumut region, according to data released by the Greens.

They are owned by 1,032 registered gun owners, with an average of 4.6 firearms per gun owner. The stats are organised by postcode, released to the Greens by NSW Police through the Freedom of Information Act.

In Tumut, 2,820 guns are owned by 636 people.

Batlow is home to 681 registered firearms, belonging to 157 people, and in Adelong 1,204 registered firearms can be found in the properties of 239 people.

The largest amount of guns owned by a single person in this region is 28.

The Greens believe it is still too easy to get a gun in Australia, criticising a loosening of our strict gun laws since they were first implemented following the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996.

“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,” said NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge.

“Gun owners can endlessly recycle the same “good reason” to get their first gun and then their second gun, their tenth gun and their 300th gun. This lack of rigour in the law has allowed 100 citizens in NSW to have more than 70 guns each.

“There are dozens of people in ordinary suburbs and towns 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 to prevent the build-up of private arsenals in the community.”

The largest amount of guns owned by a single person in NSW is 312, in the ‘2353’ postcode, in Moonbi near Tamworth. NSW is on track to have one million registered guns in our state by 2020.