The average licensed firearm owner in the Cowra area owns nearly five weapons, according to figures released by The Greens.
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According to the website www.toomanyguns.org there are 801 registered firearm owners, who own 3771 registered firearms, in the 2794 postcode area.
But NSW Police Minister and Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, has labelled the website as ‘irresponsible’.
The website has been authorised by Greens MP David Shoebridge and feature’s the political party’s logo
“The figures themselves don’t surprise or concern me, because there is such strong and strict rules for the storage of registered firearms,” Mr Grant said.
“The biggest issue isn’t the registered weapons and licensed weaponholders, more the illegal guns imported and sold on the grey market.
“I actually think it’s irresponsible that law-abiding firearm owners, licensed people with licensed weapons, are being demonised by The Greens when in the vast majority of cases they do nothing wrong.”
In comparison to Cowra’s gun ownership the Greens website shows there are 4285 registered firearms in Young, registered to 921 owners.
Canowindra’s 307 registered firearm owners hold 1416 guns with one registered owner, who is not a collector, holding 41 guns.
The most guns held by a Cowra resident, who is not a collector, is 77.
On average each registered gun owner in Cowra, has 4.7 guns.
One person is Grenfell holds 47 registered firearms and a single person in Boorowa holds 29 registered firearms.
The figures from March this year don’t take into account the recent National Firearms Amnesty.
At Cowra Local Court on Wednesday, a 29-year-old Cowra man was convicted on multiple charges including four firearm related matters.
These charges included not keeping firearms safely, not having approved storage and posses a prohibited weapon.
"We read all to often about mishaps that occur with the misuse of firearms or the failure to adequately store them when houses are broken into and firearms fall into the wrong hands or they're misused by children," Magistrate Michael O'Brien said.
"That is why the penalties for theses offences are so severe."
Weapon forfeiture orders were made and the man was ordered to enter multiple good behaviour bonds.
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