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Old 14th April 2019, 05:38 PM   #361
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'Entrenched secrecy' among police when it comes to tracking illicit guns, says expert

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How did the accused Darwin gunman, parolee Ben Hoffmann, get his hands on a shotgun and allegedly kill four people?

Likely with relative ease according to the public health professor behind the world's largest catalogue of evidence on gun violence, firearm law and gun control.

The 12-gauge pump action shotgun was seized at the time of Hoffman's arrest, and police later confirmed its serial number matched a weapon stolen in 1997.

That scenario a long-armed illicit firearm being used in violent crime fits the profile of gun violence in Australia, according to Associate Professor Philip Alpers from the University of Sydney's GunPolicy.org.

"The problem is that we still have what's called the 'grey market', which was created by so-called law-abiding firearm owners when a law came in that they couldn't abide, and they decided to hide their guns or just not to declare them back in 1996-1997," Dr Alpers said.

"So we now have a grey market of more than 200,000 firearms of mainly long guns (shotguns and rifles) which are illegal and not necessarily being kept deliberately for crime, but just sitting in people's sheds and houses and so on, waiting to be stolen like this one in the NT."
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