There are claims the black market for guns in Australia is bigger than ever with gun theft and illegal importation to blame.
New research published in The New Daily, appears to show Australians are more at risk from gun crime than ever before with the underground market for firearms ballooning in the past decade and crimes involving handguns rising sharply.
Police statistics reveal the number of pistol-related offences rose by 300 percent in New South Wales, 32 per cent in Tasmania and doubled in Victoria across the past ten years.
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In the past year alone, there were 3463 firearms charges in New South Wales, up from 83 per cent on 2005-2006.
In 2014, charges for possession and trafficking of guns rose 49 per cent in South Australia from 2010-2011.
Despite Australia having tough anti-gun laws, the rise in gun crime has been blamed on theft of registered weapons, illegal importation and drug crime.
“We often find a link between firearms offences and mid-level drug crime,” Detective Superintendent Plotecki told The New Daily.
Data for Queensland and Western Australia has not yet been obtained.