Gun theft doubled since 2007 as gun control lobby calls for regulation overhaul

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The number of firearms stolen across Australia has almost doubled in the past decade, according to new figures.

The data, obtained by lobby group Gun Control Australia (GCA) under Freedom of Information (FOI) laws, reveal that almost 27,000 firearms have been reported as stolen across the country between 2007 and 2017.

Shep 6fThe figures show that the number of gun thefts has increased from just over 1,700 in 2007-8 to nearly 3,300 in 2016-17.

Hunting rifles account for the majority of firearms stolen, followed by handguns.

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