Data from October 2017 showed more than 915,822 guns in NSW, but the results of a freedom of information request received in January 2019 showed a total of 984,033

This represents an enormous increase over the years since the Howard gun buyback, seeing hard won community safety gains lost.

Of the people in each suburb who own the highest number of firearms the largest number owned by any one individual who was not a collector or dealer was 311, with two other individuals also owning 300 or more firearms. The smallest number in this list is 77.

Between them the top 100 firearms owners own more than 12,000 firearms.

In 2017 across Sydney we saw there were neighbourhoods with extraordinary numbers of guns. Examples include the 5,973 guns in Toongabbie, 3,530 guns in Penrith, 3,262 guns in Drummoyne 2,449 guns in Willoughby, 2,146 guns in Epping and 1,648 guns in Cronulla.

In 2019 the postcodes have not been provided but we can still see postcodes with the following numbers of firearms:

  • 15,172
  • 13,319
  • 11,174
  • 10,976
  • 10,191
  • 8,418
  • 7,440
  • 7,388
  • 7,134
  • 7,123
  • 6,824
  • 6,800
  • 6,693
  • 6,494
  • 6,257
  • 6,058
  • 5,538
  • 5,188
  • 5,250

There is no genuine reason for people to have these thousands of weapons in our suburbs. The government has a responsibility to stare down the gun lobby and make NSW safer now.