Criminals are continuing to target Tasmanian gun owners, stealing complete safes on a regular basis in carefully planned break-ins.
Police continue to deny that firearms registry data has been leaked or breached, but shooters are becoming more concerned about the fact that thieves seem to have a lot of information about their victims.
The thieves are not breaking into safes and stealing particular firearms, but simply entering houses and taking safes, which they can then open in their own time.
Tasmania’s Mercury newspaper reports that shooters are losing top-of-the-line safes in the thefts, and that some thefts occur in houses while the occupants are asleep.
This indicates the thieves may be using quite sophisticated means to remove quality safes quickly and quietly.
Gun Control Australia spokesman Roland Browne has again said current storage regulations are not secure enough and has demanded the state government release the findings of its long-awaited review of firearms regulations.
But as thieves take high-quality safes in such bold break-ins, there are doubts about the effectiveness of any security system.
Higher security may increase the danger to gun owners, who so far do not appear to have been confronted in the Tasmanian thefts.
However, in NSW there have been at least two violent attacks on gun owners in the past year, and in one of them the victim was shot in the foot.