From the state that just banned particular knives because they might be used on fictional characters, NSW is allegedly the first state to one million firearms in Australia, beating out Victoria and QLD in new figures released today. As at Feb 2019 there are 1,007,786 legally owned firearms in NSW:
“For the first time since the aftermath of the Port Arthur massacre, the number of registered firearms in NSW has exceeded one million.
Data released by Gun Control Australia reveals 90,000 guns were registered in the last two years. Among them, an Eastgardens gun owner has 305 firearms in their arsenal, with one Mosman resident owning 285 and another in North Sydney holding 268.
With the NSW population approaching eight million, Greens MP David Shoebridge was shocked to hear the million-mark had been broken.“If you walk down the street, and imagine one gun in the hands of every eighth person you walk past, it gives you a sense of just how many guns are actually out there,” he said.
According to research from the University of Sydney, NSW last had over a million guns in circulation in 1999.”
Of course, Sam Lee was notably
“Gun Control Australia president Samantha Lee said the number of guns is a matter of “community safety” and said it is “inevitable” that something will happen that will force politicians to take action.
“We don’t need something like Port Arthur to happen again for something to be done; it just requires the same amount of leadership as John Howard in 1996,” she said. “After the gun policy agreement was put into place, people thought the job was done but the job is unravelling.”
Freudian slip, eh Sam?
Sam’s whingeing aside, this is great news. More and more Australians are getting their licence and buying firearms, despite the wave after wave of anti-gun propaganda for the last 23 years from the likes of Lee and others like them.
Call this for what it is: propaganda ahead of the NSW election where it is highly likely that minor parties, particularly the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party and the Liberal Democrats, will hold the balance of power in the upper house. In short, they’re wetting their pants and this is the latest anti-gun scare campaign, likely also from a pathetic National Party facing electoral annihilation.
Now NSW, if only you can work on your ridiculous appearance laws for a start, then we’ll really get going in the right direction.