Gun Ownership On The Rise In Queensland

Up 30 per cent!

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The number of registered firearms in Queensland has increased by more than 30 per cent in the past six years.

Police Minister Mark Ryan says there's 844,129 firearms registered with police as of June 3.

This is a 30.09 per cent increase since 2013 when the total number of firearms registered with police was 648,852.

Mr Ryan says the increase can be largely put down to farmers and graziers but any Queenslander has the right to apply for a gun license.

"A significant proportion of Queensland's firearms owners are farmers and graziers with legitimate reasons for the possession of a firearm including to deal with wild animals that attack their stock," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mr Ryan said police rigorously assess gun ownership applications and are often criticised for being too strict.

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