Gympie gun figures
GUNS are predominantly owned as tools of trade for farmers and graziers, a police postcode analysis of legal gun ownership suggests.
But Gympie smallbore Rife and Silhouette Club treasurer Brian Cooper says Gympie's sports shooting facilities have also tended to bring out sporting interests in firearms.
A Gold Coast victory in the race to be the next Commonwealth Games venue could mean a big boost to the club, he says, because of its games-ready training facilities.
"We don't like to talk about guns as 'weapons,' because in most cases that is not what they are used for," he said.
"People with livestock need a gun to help relieve a distressed animal.
"They might also need something for feral pigs and other pests," he said at the club's Banks Pocket Rd range yesterday.
Gympie district, within the 4570 postcode area, scored third place for gun licences in Queensland, behind Toowoomba at Number One and the near-Rockhampton grazing districts of Bouldercombe and Gracemere, in second spot.
Gympie's postcode includes extensive rural areas from Kenilworth to Anderleigh and Mooloo to Gunalda, Theebine and Upper Glastonbury.
The top 10 postcodes linked to large numbers of gun owners are predominantly in districts with large and important farming communities, including two Toowoomba district postcodes taking first and sixth place.
The postcode that includes much of Toowoomba and suburbs (4350) had 3481 gun licences. Nearby areas like Highfields, Upper Lockyer, Murphys Creek and Condamine Plains (all in postcode 4352) recorded 2330 gun licences.
Near-Rockhampton grazing areas like Bouldercombe and Gracemere had 3371 licenses.
Rural areas around Maryborough, coming fourth, also seemed to account for a large number of gun licences (3257).
Areas around Mackay, Gladstone, Brisbane Valley centres and Cairns districts were also in the top 10.
Queensland's top gun districts, arranged by postcode
1 - Toowoomba (4350)
2 - Gracemere (4702)
3 - Gympie (4570)
4 - Bundaberg (4670)
5 - Mackay (4740)
6 - Toowoomba (4352)
7 - Gladstone (4680)
8 - Brisbane Valley (4306)
9 - Cairns (4870)
10 - Maryborough (4650)