Media statement: Illicit firearms in Australia

While the size of the illicit firearm market cannot be definitively measured, based on available data, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) conservatively estimates there are 260,000 firearms (250,000 long-arms and 10,000 handguns) in the domestic illicit market. This estimate is based on a range of intelligence sources, including historical and updated firearm importation figures and seizure trends since the 2013 release of this estimation.

The ACIC has not observed a significant change in the market since the 2016 Illicit firearms in Australia report was released. There are a number of variables involved in reaching this assessment, and the ACIC continues to review this estimation as more definitive information becomes available.