00,000 missing guns in Victoria


In recently released findings, Justice Cain revealed that 101,821 firearms are currently on the police missing list, known as the “reconnaissance bin.” The list includes a mixture of those reported lost, stolen or destroyed without registration.

Marilyn Burdon, shot dead by her partner in Kew in 2017.

Justice Cain also found that if there had been more robust systems to monitor the registration and storage of firearms and a proper police investigation in 2014 into Bisucci’s missing firearms, it was more likely that ‘they would have been found before the murder of Marilyn Burdon.

“Ms. Burdon’s death highlights the existence of these deficiencies and the need for systemic improvements that could prevent further deaths related to family violence and gun violence in the community,” he said. -he writes.

As of July 2021, 802 gun possession charges have been laid against owners of prohibited firearms, the highest number on record, according to new data from the Crime Statistics Agency.


39 other charges have been brought against banned persons caught in the act of using these firearms.

In June 2018, doubts were cast on the gun registry after gun dealer Ross Barlow filed a complaint with the Police Professional Standards Command alleging that dozens of his guns were missing after have been seized by the police in 2014 when his license was revoked.

An audit found that of nearly 1,000 items seized, 81 were missing.

Months earlier Age revealed that Melbourne security firm owner Michael Sloan was in possession of 16 high powered rifles and a double barreled shotgun which the database recorded as ‘seized’ and in possession of the police.

And, in 2017, the state government was forced to apologize after the personal details of nearly 9,000 gun owners were mistakenly disclosed via email during a data breach.

Charles bisucci

Charles bisucci

Natalie Burdon said some Victorians were registered to have up to 200 guns at any one time. She believes more needs to be done to ensure that those with canceled licenses cannot pass their guns on to those they know.

The Burdon family said they hope the Victorians will take advantage of the national gun amnesty announced in July and ensure gun owners are aware of their licensing obligations.

“Our mother was a smart, loving, dedicated, funny and talented woman,” said Natalie Burdon. “She loved life, her family and helping others. We live for the rest of our lives, with our families and friends, with a void in our lives in the form of our mother, grandmother, friend, confidante. Let this be a catalyst to support change.

As part of Justice Cain’s findings, he made eight recommendations. They understood that Victoria Police are tightening controls on the permit approval process, including investigating a person’s interest in a particular weapon and who else may have access to the proposed storage address. .

Police at the scene of the 2017 Kew murder.

Police at the scene of the 2017 Kew murder.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Acting Superintendent John Cahill said police have started to implement some of the coroner’s recommendations, including ensuring that all officers immediately notify the Licensing and Regulatory Division when firearms are missing or not recorded were identified.

He said an operation was also underway to reduce the estimated 100,000 unrecovered firearms, with inquiries examining whether any of them could have been destroyed by dealers or by the state during the buyout program. guns from 1996. Others may have been duplicated due to gaps in historical data and administrative errors, Acting Superintendent Cahill said.

“We urge anyone who possesses unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms to turn these items over to their local police station or licensed firearms dealer under the permanent national arms amnesty. fire launched on July 1. ”

Anyone in need of assistance can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. For assistance, the National Domestic Violence Helpline can be contacted at 1800 RESPECT. In case of emergency, call 000.

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