Firearms, mental illness, dementia and the clinican

Anne P F Wand and Carmelle Peisah
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.00275
Published online: 20 April 2015

In reply: There was a transcription error in our article.1 The rate of licensed firearm ownership in Australia in 2001 was indeed 3.9 per 100 people,2 although this is likely to be an underestimate, as unregistered, unlicensed and illegal firearms are not captured by official statistics.

  • 1 St George Hospital, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.


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  • 1. Wand AP, Peisah C, Strukovski JA, Brodaty H. Firearms, mental illness, dementia and the clinician. Med J Aust 2014; 201: 674-678. <MJA full text>
  • 2. 2014. Calculated rates — Australia (possession data). Historical population data — USCB international data base. Suitland, Md: US Census Bureau Population Division, 2014. (accessed Feb 2015).
  • 3. Firearms Act 1996 (NSW).


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