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Weapons

In Australia, knives are the most commonly used weapons in serious offences such as robbery, murder and attempted murder followed by firearms. Although the overall use of firearms in violent crime has declined over the past 10-15 years, gangs and those in the drug market often use handguns for protection. For some time the AIC has been researching the use of firearms through its National Firearms Monitoring Program (NFMP) and National Armed Robbery Monitoring Program (NARMP). Its research has also revealed that firearm owners continue to be negligent in securing unattended firearms and preventing their theft.


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