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The licensing and registration status of firearms used in homicide

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 151

Jenny Mouzos

ISBN 0 642 24162 7 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2000


The licensing and registration status of offenders and firearms used in homicide are examined using data held as part of the National Homicide Monitoring Program. The findings of the report show that since 1997 licensed firearm owners have not been responsible for over 90 per cent of firearm related homicides. Most firearms used to commit homicide were not registered and their owners not licensed.