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WA residents currently own more than 349,000 guns, an increase of 60 per cent since 2009.

Concerningly, the number of gun licenses has remained the same at just over 89,000, meaning licence-holders are owning more guns.

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WA gun ownership has increased by 60 per cent since 2009. (9News)
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The number of gun licenses in WA have remained the same at just over 89,000 (9News)

WA Police Minister Paul Papalia said the focus will be on enhancing community safety.

“The laws associated with guns should elevate community safety to the first and primary consideration,” he said.

“You’ve got to think, that with (almost) 350,000 firearms in the community, some of them, many of them probably are lying around just waiting to be stolen by criminals.”

It’s the first time gun laws have been rewritten since the 1970’s and they aim to be enforceable by 2024.

Source: 9News

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