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TASMANIA Police says furthergun ownership requirementswill be placed on residents when the Firearms Act amendmentscome into effect later this year.

Changes to the act were passed in Parliamentlast year after concerns were raised about Australian regulations being too tough on gun owners.

At the time,the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia had told the Senatenational laws had caused ‘‘financial and emotion upset’’ to firearm owners.

The amendments are the first to the Act since the Port Arthur Massacre 20 years, with claimed the life of 35 people and wounded 23.

Phase one of the amendments came into effect in November, with the other two phases still to come later this year.

Part of those amendments are a series of new gun ownership requirements that are currently being drafted by government.

Tasmania Police said on Friday that a new minimum storage requirement for gun owners with more than 10 firearms would be enforced as part of the new requirements.

But the organisationremains tightlipped about what else is in store for new and existing guns owners.

“Details of the new storage requirements are not contained within the amendment Act, butwill be contained in regulations, which are in the process of being drafted,” Assistant Commissioner Richard Cowling said.

“As the regulations are drafted we will communicate those storage changes well in advance to allow owners to make any required changes to ensure compliant storage.”

The new requirements come after a Right to Information documentlast week revealed that gun thefts in Tasmania had risen in recent financial years.

In 2013-14, 231 guns were stolen, compared to 258 last year.

But further police data suggests Tasmania Police could record fewer “firearmtheft incidents”this financial year compared to years previous.

According to policedata, 59 firearm theft incidents were reported between July 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016, compared to 82 in total last year and 65 the year before.

Of most interest to gun thieves last financial year wereshotguns, rifles and firearms listed as “other”, according to the RTI.

The most popular places to steal such weapons were houses and sheds, with garages ranking third as the biggest target of Tasmanian gun thieves.

Assistant Commissioner Cowling said measures were in place to ensuresecurity protocols were followed.

“Regular storage inspections are part of normal business and police will continue to undertake these.”

Police’s announcement comes following the launch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia’s new website, billed as a one-stop-shop for firearms andaccessible to Tasmanians.

The sitehas caused a flap among anti-gun lobbyists.

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