From New South Wales
GUN ownership is booming again in NSW, with 40,000 new firearms registered in the past four years.
The rise coincides with a deal cut by the State Government and the Shooters Party to water down tough gun laws introduced in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre.
Figures from the NSW Firearm Registry obtained by the National Coalition of Gun Control show gun ownership has risen at the rate of 10,000 a year since 2004 to 687,138 in October this year.
Multiple gun ownership has also soared. The number of people receiving permits to obtain a second or subsequent firearm in 2006 was 32,616.
In the first 10 months of this year, 43,095 such permits were issued. . . .
Despite the worrying figures, the Government and the Shooters Party have quietly agreed to a number of changes to gun laws introduced by former premier Bob Carr after the Port Arthur killings.
Shooting clubs will no longer have their licences automatically revoked for not disqualifying members who have been convicted of firearms offences.
Previously, the police commissioner could immediately revoke a club's licence for not taking action against a convicted member.
In another change, the mandatory 28-day waiting period before a second or third gun can be acquired has also been scrapped.
The Government has also made it easier for men who have previously been the subject of apprehended violence orders to regain a gun licence. . . .
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