More than two dozen WA residents each own more than 100 firearms — all police-approved

More than two dozen people in WA own more than 100 licensed firearms, each of which is said to have been individually approved by the police, according to figures filed in state parliament.

The figures, which provide insight into gun ownership in WA, were released Wednesday in response to questions from shadow police minister Peter Collier.

The numbers show that there are 178 people in WA with more than 25 firearms, including 34 who have more than 50 and 26 who have more than 100.

“I was, I have to say, a bit confronted with the numbers,” Mr Collier told ABC Radio Perth presenter Nadia Mitsopoulos on Friday.

“But having said that, we need to have perspective on this matter.

“And that’s that almost all of these multiple gun owners, I assume, would be collectors or gun enthusiasts, or there would be a valid reason.”

Shooting club president says numbers have no context

The numbers do not specify the classifications of the firearms, meaning they can include rifles, shotguns, pistols, or paintball guns.

The figures also exclude arms dealers.

Shadow Police Minister Peter Collier has requested the data from the state government.(ABC News: Cason Ho)

Paul Fitzgerald, WA president of the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia, said the numbers were high, but without context.

“We can talk about a person who runs a paintball business, say in Western Australia,” he said.

“And there are some, and they may have 300 or 200 paintball marks on their individual license to run that business.”

He said people who shoot competitively can also have 10 or 20 different firearms to compete in different divisions.

Firearms need individual approval

Under WA law, any of the 178 people in WA who have more than 25 firearms should obtain a police license for each weapon.

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