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Graphic charts various aspects of Australian gun ownership since 1996.
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Australia’s rising gun ownership

By Ninian Carter

April 15, 2019 - After rigorous gun legislation brought in after the Port Arthur massacre, gun ownership numbers are creeping back up to their former levels.

A drive-by shooting in Melbourne killed a security guard and wounded three others in one of the main entertainment precincts on Sunday.

Recently, attention has been drawn to Australasia’s gun ownership numbers following a mass shooting in New Zealand, in March, that killed 50 people.

Australia suffered one of its worst massacres in 1996 when Martin Bryant went on a shooting and stabbing rampage in Port Arthur, Tasmania – killing 35 people and wounding a further 23 individuals.

Following the incident, fundamental changes to Australian gun control laws were made.

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PUBLISHED: 15/04/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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