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AustraliaREVEALED: There are 400,000 more guns in Australia now than there were before the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre

03:00  30 march  2019
03:00  30 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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REVEALED: There are 400,000 more guns in Australia now than there were before the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited There are more firearms in Australia today than there were more than two decades ago before the harrowing Port Arthur Massacre (Pictured: a selection of firearms on display at the Sydney Police Centre in Sydney) There are more firearms in Australia today than there were more than two decades ago before the harrowing Port Arthur Massacre.

The revelation comes after Al Jazeera broadcast its undercover investigation exposing recordings of members of Australia's One Nation party asking American pro-gun groups for money to help relax gun control.

One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson and chief-of-staff James Ashby travelled to the U.S. on a fundraising mission in September last year and were filmed saying they could 'change Australia' if given money.

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The secret recordings have brought to light the amount of hate gun enthusiasts have for Australia's strict gun laws and how the laws have weakened since the 1996 mass shooting.

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REVEALED: There are 400,000 more guns in Australia now than there were before the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre
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While Australia's gun laws are some of the strictest in the world, it seems the number of firearms in the country has been steadily increasing.

Experts say there are now more firearms in the country than before the Port Arthur massacre with the number of guns per owner skyrocketing by 85 per cent.

According to Gun Control Australia's (GCA) Australia Institute report, the number of guns exceeds that of the 3.2 million firearms that existed before the massacre.

The amount of privately owned firearms in Australia was last recorded at 3.6 million in 2017, a 400,000 jump from the amount owned prior to the 1996 shooting.

The study found that in just 22 years, guns per owner increased dramatically from 2.1 to 3.9 while the number of licensed gun owners fell by 40 per cent.

It was also revealed that if the ratio of guns per owner remained at the same rate it was at in 1997, there would have only been 1.7 million guns in Australia by 2016.

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There are now 100 people in New South Wales who own more than 70 firearms each, with one person in Sydney's southeast owning more than 305 guns.

Another resident located in Mosman owns 285 guns to himself.

President of Gun Control Australia Sam Lee said over eight years gun lobby groups have donated $1.7 million to political parties and the watering down of gun laws led to the rise of guns in the country.

'An NRA style gun lobby is flourishing in Australia. It has deep pockets, extensive networks and parliamentary representation,' Ms Lee said.

'Like the NRA, the aim of the Australian gun lobby is to dismantle our gun laws. Gun laws that have kept Australians safe for decades.'

In the secret Al Jazeera recordings, Mr Dickson and Mr Ashby were filmed meeting with senior National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbyist Brandi Graham.

REVEALED: There are 400,000 more guns in Australia now than there were before the 1996 Port Arthur Massacre© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Australia's strict gun control came after Martin Bryant (pictured) mercilessly shot 35 people in the Port Arthur massacre Ms Graham said if Australia's gun laws were softened, it would even have a positive impact on how the NRA is viewed in America.

'That helps us because the biggest argument we always get from folks is, ''Well, look at Australia'',' Ms Graham said.

'They are continually attacking us, it's never-ending.'

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