A Rise in Gun Ownership

The estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Australia is 3.2 million.  There are now as many guns in private hands in Australia as there was at the time of the Port Arthur massacre -

There are reportedly 172,422 handguns in civilian possession in Australia

In a comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Australia ranked at No. 25

Total number of gun deaths: In 2012 there were 226 deaths compared to an average of 600 deaths per year for the pre Port Arthur period to 1979