Criminals are accessing illegal guns in Australia despite the existence of stringent firearm laws and continuing to tighten these laws in the hope of reducing criminal activity has potentially more impact on people who follow the rules and meet licensing and storage requirements than those who choose not to. These are declarations the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia (SSAA) has been making for years with the backing of objective evidence-based research from authoritative sources including the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Now a new Deakin University study published in the Deviant Behaviour journal entitled ‘I know a guy and he’s got guns galore: Accessing crime guns in the Australian illicit firearms market’ has once again backed our assertions. The study found a cohesive network of career criminals are running a thriving illicit gun trade in this country. Researchers interviewed criminal gang associates, former outlaw motorcycle gang members, drug traffickers and armed robbers in New South Wales and South Australian prisons and revealed criminals find it “surprisingly easy” to buy firearms through Australia’s black market despite strict gun laws. Keep an eye out for an in-depth analysis of this study from the SSAA Legislative Action (SSAA-LA) team in the near future.