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Monday, 18 March 2013
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State-based Firearms Registries

(Question No. 1357)

Mr Oakeshott asked the Minister for Home Affairs, in writing, on 13 February 2013:

(1) Are the State-based firearms registries integrated into the Computerised Operational Police System (COPS); if not, why not.

(2) Is it a fact that the State-based firearms registries have recently been compromised.

(3) Do Commonwealth agencies have access to the State-based firearms registries in the COPS; if so, which agencies.

Mr Clare: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) NSW Police hold their firearm and licence information within COPS and other NSW Police systems. NSW police access national firearm and licencing information from the National Firearms Licencing and Registration System (managed by CrimTrac) through COPS. The national data is not stored on COPS.

(2) The Commonwealth is not aware that any State-based firearms registries have been compromised.

(3) CrimTrac does not have access to the State based firearms registries in COPS. The NSW Police Force provides data from COPS on firearm owners and firearm licence holders to the National Firearms Licencing and Registration System that is managed by CrimTrac.