Illicit firearms

In 2019–20, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission produced intelligence to improve understanding of:

  • firearms supply methodologies used by serious and organised crime groups in Australia, and systemic vulnerabilities the groups are exploiting
  • the illicit manufacture of handguns
  • the role of firearms trace analysis in determining the means by which firearms are diverted to the illicit market.

An assessment was completed of a significant national vulnerability that is being exploited by criminally minded firearms dealers to divert multiple firearms to the illicit market. The assessment was widely shared across Australia; informed, and was informed by, successful operational activity in a number of jurisdictions; and contributed to discussions concerning procedural and regulatory reform.