Shooters discount crime claims

Guns seized during a police raid on a home in Collingullie in March. Picture: NSW PoliceWAGGA shooters have questioned claims our postcode has the highest gun crime in the state.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) data reveals Wagga’s gun crime has increased from82 firearm changes in 2010 to 189 in 2013 to top the state, despite havingthefifth highest number of gun licenses in the state.

Wagga-based Australian Clay TargetAssociationnational executive officer Tony Turner said it was hard to believe.

The number of gun licenses in Wagga has also increased by 442, from2107 in March 2010 to 2549 in January 2015, according to BOCSAR.

It reflects a statewide increasefrom 177,675 in 2010 to 215,462 in 2015 over the last five years.

Mr Turner put thecity’s rankingdown to sport and a large farming community, who used guns for genuine reasons.

To obtain a license, applicants must pass a safety test and demonstrate a genuine reason tohave that gun.

The sport of clay target is so safe no ambulance is required, and they have to adhere to strict ruleswithin the sport and police, Mr Turner explained.

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