Our laws aren't draconian. it is quite easy to get a gun licence in Australia, as easy as it is to get one in many US states. it is easier in Tasmanian than most other states because people here usually knows someone on a rural property who will let you use details of their property as the place where you can use the gun for hunting or vermin control, if one cannot do that they only have to prove that they belong to a shooting organisation, or that they are a bona fide collector.
There is a total of 122,800 registered firearms in Tasmania, our population is around 500,000. This is the highest rate in Australia, an I believe it is higher than Canada, and slightly less that Norway. It is more than 6 times the rate of of gun ownership in the UK.