Source: The Mercury, 20 December, 1996, p.5
Australian gun own- ers were expected to have handed in more than 250,000 million firearms by the end of the festive season, with more than $110 million paid in com- pensation, federal Attorney-General Daryl Williams said in Can- berra yesterday. On December 19, the national tally of the guns buy-back scheme was 238,310. All states and territories except Queensland operate the compensation scheme, with Queensland's scheme due to begin in January. "Australia now leads the world in effective nationwide firearms con- trol," Mr Williams said in a statement. "The early success of the buy-back campaign is a credit to gun owners who want to do the right thing by their fellow Australians. "They have been paid cash for their firearms- giving our nation a wel- come Christmas gift by removing unnecessary high-powered firearms from the community." A total of 238,310 fire- arms have been handed in, with $110,662,908 paid in compensation, at an average of $464.37 per weapon. Individual state fig- ures: Tasmania 17,533 $8,741 174 - average $498.56 Victoria 126,745 $63,705,687 - $502.83 South Australia 49,450 $19,356,118 - $391.43 ACT 2704 $1,414,126 - $522.98 Northern Territory 3101 $1,598,604 - $515.51 Western Australia 7618 $2,547,199 - $334,45 NSW 31,159 $13,300,000 - $425.84 AAP
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