Police gun data shows extent of private arsenals in suburban Australia

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Private gun owners are stockpiling arsenals of more than 300 firearms in suburban homes in some parts of the country, according to new data obtained by the Greens.

The trend is thought to be driving an overall increase in gun ownership nationally.

Gun-control advocates say the private caches are “honeypots for criminals”, and also pose a public safety risk if their owners become mentally unstable.

Pelleto 2bThe most comprehensive figures are in New South Wales, where figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws from NSW Police reveal the top 100 private arsenals across the state.

They include the exclusive Sydney suburb of Mosman, where one person owns 285 guns; in the south-eastern area of La Perouse where an…

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