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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 1)

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch directly on 1300 171 011.

     

    Before you start your application, please read this information carefully. This will help you to have everything ready before you start.

    To apply for a weapons licence in Queensland you must:

    1. Meet the personal eligibility requirements
    2. Have a genuine reason to hold a licence
    3. Have access to secure weapon storage
    4. Complete an approved weapons safety course covering the category of weapon you’re applying for and provide your statement of attainment. The course must have been completed within the 12 months before the date of submitting your application.
    5. Provide the supporting documentation requested during the application process (learn more below)
    6. Provide a passport-quality digital image of your head and shoulders against a plain background. This image will be printed on your licence card if your application is approved.
    7. Pay the required fees (learn more below)
    8. Attend a Queensland police station with 100 points of identification when you are advised by Weapons Licensing. You will be advised in writing.

     

    How to Apply for a Gun Licence 

    The first thing is to be prepared. New licences require a passport quality photograph and supporting documentation, such as proof that you’ve completed a firearms safety training course within the last 12 months. The documents you need to supply may be different depending on the type of licence you need. Find out what documents you’ll need for your particular application.

    You will also have to pay a fee for your gun licence.

     

    Watch our video guide to applying for a gun licence.

     

     

    Who Can Apply for a Fireams Licence in Queensland

    To get a gun licence you must:

    • be over the age of 18
    • have successfully completed an appropriate firearms safety training course during the previous year
    • have secure storage for your guns
    • have a legitimate reason for owning the gun such as being a member of a gun club or a collector—you may have to provide proof to support your reason
    • be a ‘fit and proper person’—this takes into consideration your criminal record and potential health issues.

    If you’re aged between 11 and 17, you can apply for a minor’s licence.

     

    Apply online for a Weapons Licence for Firearms in Queensland

    You can apply for a weapons licence online. You can either upload and attach the necessary documentation or send them separately by post.

    You can pay using credit/debit Mastercard or Visa.

     

    Apply at your local police station

    You can also apply for a licence using a paper application form. You will need to complete the form and take it to your local police station with the required documentation and payment.

     

    Permit to Acquire a Weapon

    Once you either have or have applied for a weapons’ licence, you can apply for a permit to acquire (PTA) a weapon.

    You must be over 18 years of age to apply for a permit to acquire, so a ‘Minors’ firearms licence is not accepted for PTA applications. Minors are not allowed to buy weapons in Queensland.

    As with a gun licence, you can either apply for a permit to acquire a weapon online or at your local police station using the the paper form (PDF, 935KB).

    There is a mandatory waiting period for a PTA of 28 days from the date the application is lodged.

     

    Changing your Address on a Weapons Licence

    If you have a weapons’ licence, you need to let the police know if you change your home or weapons storage address within 14 days of the change.

    You can do this using the online change of address form if you have a current email address. Otherwise, you can complete the paper change of address form (PDF, 801KB) and take it to your local police station.

     

    Renewing, surrendering, amending or cancelling your Weapons licence in Queensland

    You can register new weapons to your licence but you may have to pay a one-off fee for each firearm.

    You need to let the police know if your circumstances change (e.g. you change your name or address) within 14 days of the change.

    Find out who to contact if your circumstances change, you lose your licence, or you need to renew, give up or cancel your licence.

     

    Further information

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 2)

     

    Applying for a permit to acquire (PTA) is the first step in acquiring a weapon. If you are acquiring the weapon from a licensed individual (who is not a weapons dealer), you must ensure the sale is brokered. A PTA authorises a weapons licence holder to buy or acquire a weapon. This assists QPS in tracking weapons movement and identifying the weapons registered to a licensee and where they are stored.

     

    1. Application

    A Permit to Acquire application must be made for each weapon you intend to acquire. Fees are payable for each application.

    • You can now submit and pay for a PTA application online.
    • Alternatively, an application for a permit to acquire (form 28) can be downloaded and then lodged and paid for at your local Queensland police station.  At the station you will need to provide details of your current weapons licence and show photographic identification.

     

    2. Waiting Period

    The mandatory waiting period for a PTA is 28 days from the date the application is lodged. Applicants who do not provide sufficient information or supporting documentation will experience delays in processing or possible rejection of the application.

     

    3. How will you be Advised

    If the application is successful, a PTA (Form 27) will be issued by Weapons Licensing and forwarded to you by mail. You can request to have your PTA faxed to a licensed weapons dealer. You will need to provide the dealer's name and fax number in writing to Weapons Licensing.

    If the application is not successful, you will be notified in writing.

     

    4. Permit to Acquire/Notice of Disposal – Form 27

    Form 27 is an approved and issued PTA, which is in two parts.  The top half of this form is your issued PTA and the bottom half is the notice of disposal. The expiry date will be nominated on the PTA. If you do not acquire the weapon before the PTA expires you will need to apply for a new PTA.

    Once you have received your PTA (form 27) you may purchase or acquire the weapon.

     

    5. Acquiring from a Licensed Weapons Dealer

    If you are acquiring the weapon from a licensed weapons Dealer they will sign the front of the notice of disposal. The dealer will then forward the completed form to Weapons Licensing. On receipt, Weapons Licensing will transfer the registration of the nominated weapon to your licence.

     

    6. Acquiring from a Licensed Individual

    If you are acquiring a weapon from a licensed individual, you are required to have the transaction brokered by a licensed weapons dealer. The transaction can be brokered by a Queensland police officer if the nearest licensed dealer is more than 100km from your usual place of residence.

    The weapons dealer or police officer will check the bottom section of the PTA and complete the licensed dealer/police certificate on the reverse side of the PTA. The dealer or police officer will then forward the completed form to Weapons Licensing. On receipt, Weapons Licensing will transfer the registration of the weapon to your licence.

    The disposer of the weapon is required to sign the notice of disposal. If for some reason the disposer is unable to sign the document, a statutory declaration outlining the reason must be attached to the form 27.

    Both the acquirer and disposer should sign the back of the PTA.

    If you fail to present the weapon with the PTA to a licensed weapons dealer (or a police officer) the transaction is not complete.  The firearm will not be registered to your licence. The PTA will expire and you will be unlawfully in possession of a firearm and at risk of prosecution.

     

    7. Registration of the Firearm to your Licence

    Once Weapons Licensing receives the completed notice of disposal, the weapon will be transferred from the disposer’s licence and registered to your licence.  It will then be reflected on your weapons list which Weapons Licensing will forward to you once the transaction has been finalised on the Commissioner’s firearms register.

     

    8. Modifying a PTA

    If you require modification to a PTA (i.e. you have changed your mind about the weapon to be acquired) you must return the original PTA to Weapons Licensing for modification.

     

    9. PTA Expires Before Acquiring a Weapon

    A PTA cannot be used to acquire a weapon once it has expired. Therefore, if a PTA expires before you have acquired a weapon the PTA will be unusable and should be returned to Weapons Licensing.  A PTA cannot be renewed and you will need to make a new application.

     

    10. Lost/Stolen/Destroyed PTAs

    If a PTA is lost, stolen or destroyed you must immediately report the matter to a police station and complete Form 3 - application for replacement licence - permit to acquire. On receipt of the Form 3, Weapons Licensing will issue a replacement.​

     

    11. Additional Requirements for Permits to Acquire

     

    Category A, B - sport or target shooting:

    • The make, model, type, calibre and action of the intended firearm/weapon
    • For category B only, provide the reason why the weapon is required and why the need cannot be satisfied in another way.

     

    Category C - sport or target shooting:

    • All details of the intended firearm/weapon; including serial number, make, model, type, calibre, action and magazine capacity
    • The reason why the weapon is required and why the need cannot be satisfied in another way.

     

    Category H - sport or target shooting:

    The make, model, type, calibre, action and barrel length of the intended firearm/weapon;
    A letter/certificate from your shooting club stating:

    • That you are a current member of the club
    • The type of firearm that is being acquired and is approved for use at their range of the club or an approved shooting club affiliated.


    If there are already two category H firearms of the same calibre and action on the pistol licence and you are wanting to acquire more firearms of the same calibre and action, please provide a detailed genuine reason why the need cannot be satisfied with the current firearms registered to your pistol licence.

     

    Category H - primary production and sports or target shooting:

    If your current concealable licence (category H) has been issued for both primary production use (PPH or PP1) and sports and target shooting (PC1) in addition to the specific requirements for the individual reason, you must specify which firearm (if any) you require for the purposes of primary production.

     

    Category M - crossbow club:

    • The make, model and serial number of the weapon (if known)
    • Why the weapon is required.

     

    Category A, B or M - recreational shooter

    • The make, model, type, calibre and action of the intended firearm/weapon; serial number (if known)
    • Category B and M, please provide the reason the weapon is required and why the need cannot be satisfied in another way.

     

    Category A, B - primary producer

    • The make, model, type, calibre and action of the intended firearm/weapon;
    • For category B only, provide the reason the weapon is required and why the need cannot be satisfied in another way.

     

    Category C, D or H - primary production

    • All details of the intended firearm/weapon, including serial number, make, model, type, calibre, action and magazine capacity.
    • The reason the weapon is required and why the need cannot be satisfied in another way.

     

    Category C, E or H - Security Organisations

    If there are a number of firearms currently registered to your licence:

    • Provide details as to why an additional firearm/weapon is required; and
    • Why the need cannot be satisfied by the firearm(s)/weapon(s) currently registered to your licence; and
    • The calibre and action of the firearm/weapon.

     

    Category A, B, C, D, H, M, R - Collectors

    Whether the firearm or weapon is permanently or temporarily inoperable.

    • A permanently inoperable D, H, M or R firearm or weapon will require a Form 31 Certificate of Firearm/Weapon being permanently inoperable upon application.
    • A temporarily inoperable firearm/weapon requires information relating to the obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value of the firearms/weapons. (Documentation for each weapon must be substantiated for each claim).

    Category H, temporarily inoperable handguns, other than pre-1901, must also be accompanied by a declaration signed by a representative of an approved historical society (QP517) stating that the representative is satisfied that the firearm/weapon is of obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value.

     

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 5)

     

    The Types of Weapons Licences Available in Queensland

     

    In order to own and use a firearms in Queensland, you first need to apply for a Weapons Licence. The Weapons Act covers the licensing of firearms, certain knives, crossbows and paintball guns. There are several Weapons Licences that you can apply for in Queensland. The type of Weapons Licence you need to acquire will depend upon the categories and specifications of the firearms you with to purchase and own.

     

    Types of Weapons Licences

     

    The type of licence you need depends on the category of weapon you want to own or use, and what you want to use it for.

    • Firearms Licence: The most commonly used general licence used by farmers and sports and target shooters.
    • Minor: A restricted firearms licence for young people between the ages of 11 and17 which allows use of weapons in certain circumstances, but not the acquisition of firearms.
    • Visitor: For people temporarily visiting Queensland with a firearm.
    • Armourer: Required if you run a business for the storage, manufacture, modification or repair of weapons.
    • Dealer: Required if you run a business buying or selling weapons.
    • Firearms instructor: Required if you give firearms’ training on behalf of a Registered Training Organisation.
    • Group: Authorises members of an organisation or employees of an organisation to possess and use weapons for the purpose stated on your licence e.g. members of a sports or target shooting club.
    • Blank-fire firearm: Issued for the use of blank-fire firearms for use in the theatre or at sporting events.
    • Theatrical ordnance supplier: Required if you run a business supplying weapons on a temporary basis for use in theatre film or television productions.
    • Collector's licence: Required by weapons collectors and permits the ownership of temporarily or permanently disabled weapons.
    • Miscellaneous weapons: Required for the use of body armour, crossbows and the possession of some knives.
    • Concealable firearms: Specifically for handguns.
    • Security (guard): Required if you provide armed security services for the escort of valuables.
    • Security (organisation): Required by businesses providing armed security services for the escort of valuables by licensed employees.

     

    Firearms Licence

     

    This is the most common type of weapons licence held in Queensland. It allows you to possess and use single shot or manual repeating rifles and shotguns (categories A & B). Genuine reasons for a firearms licence include sports and target shooting or occupational reasons (for example, if you work in primary production). It’s possible to possess a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun (categories C & D) under a firearms licence, but you will need to provide strong evidence for your genuine reason to possess these more powerful weapons.

     

    Concealable Firearms Licence

    A concealable firearms licence authorises the possession and use of category H weapons. Category H includes any firearm under 75cm in length, except a powerhead. Even if such a firearm has been rendered permanently inoperable, it is still classified as category H. This can include an air pistol, a centre-fire pistol, black powder pistol or a rim-fire pistol. A concealable firearms licence can only be issued for one of the following genuine reasons:

    • Sports or target shooting
    • Primary production
    • Other occupational reasons.

    See How to Apply for a Concealable Firearms Licence for Target Shooting

     

    Minor's Licence

     
    A minor’s licence allows you to possess and use category A, B & H weapons for sports or target shooting; or primary production on rural land. In some cases, your minor’s licence may allow you to use a category C weapon for clay target shooting or occupational purposes. A minor’s licence can only be issued to someone between the ages of 11 and 17 years (inclusive). Once you turn 18, you will have to apply for an appropriate adult licence, as your minor’s licence will no longer be valid.

     

    Collector's Licence


    ​​To be considered collectable, a firearm must be of obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value. There are two types of licence in this category – a collector’s licence (weapons) and a collector’s licence (heirloom). A collector’s licence (weapons) is for a person or group that collects weapons, such as a museum, historical society or RSL.

    Any weapons held must be made temporarily or permanently inoperable (depending on the category of weapon) and cannot be operated or discharged under this licence. A collector’s licence (heirloom) is for a person who has been handed down a single weapon as part of a will or bequest. The weapon must be made permanently inoperable. Only one weapon can be registered to this licence.

     

    Blank-fire Firearms Licence


    Blank-fire firearms licences allow the use of blank-fire firearms for two purposes only – to start sporting events, or for use in theatrical productions. A blank-fire firearms licence can be issued to a theatrical organisation, or an athletic or other sporting organisation.

     

    Visitor's Licence


    A visitor’s licence allows you to use a weapon while you are in Queensland as a visitor. If you are visiting from another Australian state or territory, you do not need a visitor’s licence, as long as you are using the weapons as part of:

    A shooting competition, including training for a shooting competition,
    Recreational shooting (hunting) on rural land with the written consent of the owner, or
    A requirement to shoot on rural land for an occupational purpose.
    For all other reasons, interstate visitors to Queensland must apply for a visitor’s licence.

    If you are an international visitor and you wish to use a weapon while in Queensland or elsewhere in Australia, you will need a visitor’s licence and a special permit from Australian Police. You must be entitled by law to possess and use a weapon in the state or country where you normally reside.

     

    Miscellaneous Weapon's Licence


    A miscellaneous weapons licence covers weapons in the E and M categories. Category E includes bulletproof vests and body armour. Category M includes crossbows and some martial arts weapons, as well as some historical or military weapons. If you want to possess a crossbow for sports, target or recreational shooting or historical and military re-enactments, you need a miscellaneous weapons licence.

     

    Firearms Licence (Instructor) Licence


    The firearms licence (instructor) licence allows you to possess and use firearms to deliver approved firearms training. To apply for this licence, you must be authorised by a registered training organisation and have completed the relevant course/s. You can then possess and use firearms within the categories endorsed on your licence for use in training. Legislation also allows students taking an approved course to possess or use a firearm supplied by the licensed instructor, under supervision from the instructor as part of the training course.

     

    Armourer's Licence


    ​​An armourer’s licence is for a person or organisation that operates a business storing, manufacturing, modifying or repairing weapons. The armourer’s licence may be endorsed for weapon categories A, B, C, D, E, H, M and R.

     

    Group Licence


    ​​A group licence allows the members, officers and employees of the group to physically possess and use weapons for the purpose stated on the licence. However, the members, officers or employees must hold a current licence that allows them to possess and use weapons of the same type allowed under the group licence. A group licence can be issued for two genuine reasons – either because an individual or organisation has an occupational need to possess weapons, or for a sports or target shooting club.

     

    Security Licence (Guard)


    A security guard is a person who patrols, protects, watches over or guards (protects) their own or someone else’s property, as part of their own business or as an employee of a security business. There are four types of security licence:

    Security licence (guard) - employee: a security guard employed by a security organisation.
    Security licence (guard) - sole provider: a security guard who works as a sole provider.
    Security licence (guard) - business: relates to a person protecting their own property and not providing security services to others.
    Security licence - organisation: relates people or organisations providing security services by licensed employees.

     

    Theatrical Ordnance Supplier's Licence


    A theatrical ordnance supplier's licence is for a person or organisation that supplies weapons on a temporary basis for use in theatrical, film or television productions. The supply of the weapons must not involve a change of ownership of the weapons. This licence allows the possession and supply of blank-fire, replica or permanently inoperable firearms.

     

    Dealer's Licence


    A dealer is a person (other than an armourer or theatrical ordnance supplier) who operates a business that:

    Acquires, sells or disposes of weapons
    Displays weapons for sale
    Possesses weapons for sale.
    A dealer’s licence allows you to operate a business buying, selling and broking the weapons endorsed on the licence, except for category R and restricted category M weapons. It allows you to act as a broker for a theatrical ordnance supplier to acquire permanently inoperable or blank-fire weapons in category R. It also allows you to receive, dispatch, repair or store weapons.

     

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 6)

     

    Additional Forms for a Weapons Licence Application in Queensland

     

    Online Applications

    You can apply online for a weapons licence or permit to acquire a weapon. As part of your online application, you can upload all the supporting documents you need to submit, and pay the fee using a credit or debit card.

     

    Finding the forms you need

    Our forms contains all the forms you need to support your application. These can be completed on a computer, then printed and signed. Alternatively, you can print the forms and complete them by hand. We’ve sorted the forms into sections to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.

    This library contains copies of forms which can be downloaded and printed.

     

    Forms:

    Download the Purchase Order Form - To Purchase Special Forms 

     

    New Weapons Application Form

    Form 1 - application for a weapons licence

     

    Form 1 Annexures

    Download Form: Collector's application

    Download Form:  Historical or military re-enactments category M crossbows

    Download Form:  Sports or target shooting

    Download Form:  Recreational shooting and recreational fishing

    Download Form:  Primary production

    Download Form:  Rural employee

    Download Form:  Occupational - armourer/dealer

    Download Form:  Occupational - security

    Download Form:  Occupational - other

    Download Form:  Other reasons

     

    Visitor's Licence

    Download Form:   Visitor's licence application

     

    Licence Renewal

    Application to renew a weapons licence

    Guide to renewing

    Early lodgement of renewal application (to accompany renewal application)

    Genuine reason annexure

     

     Cancel your Weapons Licence 

     Notice of surrender of licence

     

     Expired Licence Brochure

    Expired licence brochure

     

     Replace Licence or Permit to Acquire

    Application for replacement licence / permit to acquire

     

     Managing Your Weapons Licence Details - Name & Address

    Change of address / change of name / change of weapon(s) secure storage facility

    Change of weapons category and / or change of condition(s) of licence

    Change of business particulars / change of representatives

    Change of business particulars / other reasons

    Application for transfer of weapons

    Form 34 - licensed dealer associate details

    QP 0415 firearms list

     

    Acquiring or Disposing of Firearms & Weapons

    Form 28 - application for a permit to acquire

    B709 - import permit

    Form 8 - receipt for surrendered weapon(s)

    Weapons licensing indemnity receipt

     

    Forms for Firearms Club, Rifle Ranges & Shooting Galleries

     

    Form 12 - Dealer annual return

    Form 15A - Application/Renewal for a Shooting Club Permit

    Form 15B - Application/Renewal for a Shooting Range Approval

    Form 15C - Application/Renewal for Approval to Conduct a Shooting Gallery

    Form 15CA - Application for Additional Representative - Shooting Gallery

    Form 15D - Application for Approval to Conduct an Arms Fair

    Form 15E - Application for Approval for a Historical Society

    Form 15F - Application for an Exemption

    Form 15G - Application for Approval for a Weapons Club

    Form 15G - Annexure - Sports Target Shooting - Category M Crossbows

    Form 15G - Annexure Recreational Shooting

    Form 15G - Annexure - Historical or Military Re-enactment Demonstration use - Category M Crossbows

    Form 15G - Annexure - Historical or Military Re-enactment - Training only Category M Crossbows

    Form 20A - Club Range use Register (Category H only)

    Form 20B -  Club Range use Register (other than Category H)

    Form 20C - Club Range use Register (Category A B H)

    Form 33 - Declaration by an Unauthorised Person for use of a Weapon at an Approved Range 

    Form 33A - Declaration by an Unlicensed Person to Possess a Weapon at an Approved Range

    QP 0515 - Application for Statement of Eligibility to Join an Approved Pistol Shooting Club

    QP 0516 - Pistol Club Shooters Participation Guide

    QP 0517 - Approved Historical Society Declaration (Collector's Licence)

    QP 0518A - Approved Club Declaration - Concealable Firearms (Queensland Applicant)

    QP 0518B - Approved Club Declaration - Concealable Firearms (Interstate / Overseas)

    Pistol Club Participation Template

    Participation Shoots Calculator

     

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 7)

     

    Categories of Weapons in Queensland

    Depending on your licence type and your need for a weapon, your licence may be endorsed with categories that are appropriate for that licence and your need.

    These categories are:

    Category (A) 

    Rimfire rifles, single or double barrel shotguns, paintball guns, air rifles and powerheads (a specialised weapon for use underwater).

     

    (1 ) Each of the following is a category A weapon if it has not been rendered permanently inoperable—

    (a) a miniature cannon under 120cm in barrel length that is a black powder and muzzle loading cannon, depicting a scale model of an historical artillery piece or naval gun;

    (b) an air rifle;

    (c) a rim-fire rifle (other than a self-loading rim-fire rifle);

    (d) a shotgun other than a lever action shotgun, pump action shotgun or self-loading shotgun;

    (e) a powerhead;

    (f) a break action shotgun and rim-fire rifle combination;

    (g) an air gun;

    (h) a weapon mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (g) that is a blank-fire firearm.

    (2) A conversion unit is also a category A weapon.

    (3) In this section—

    air gun means a firearm designed to discharge a projectile (including, for example, an arrow) by compressed air, or other compressed gas, not generated by an explosive.

    conversion unit means a unit or device or barrel that is capable of being used for converting a category A weapon that is a firearm from one calibre to another calibre.

     

    Category (B) 

     

    Centre-fire rifles (other than semi-automatic); shotgun/rifle combinations.

     

    (1) Each of the following is a category B weapon if it has not been rendered permanently inoperable—

    (a) a muzzle-loading firearm;

    (b) a single shot centre-fire rifle;

    (c) a double barrel centre-fire rifle;

    (d) a repeating centre-fire rifle;

    (e) a break action shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination;

    (f) a lever action shotgun with a magazine capacity of not greater than 5 rounds;

    (g) a weapon mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (f) that is a blank-fire firearm.

    (2) A conversion unit is also a category B weapon.

    (3) In this section—

    conversion unit means a unit or device or barrel that is capable of being used for converting a category B weapon that is a firearm from one calibre to another calibre.

     

    Category (C) 

    Semi-automatic or pump action shotguns (capable of holding 5 rounds or less); and semi-automatic rimfire rifles (capable of holding less than 10 rounds).

     

    Each of the following is a category C weapon if it has not been rendered permanently inoperable—

    (a) a semiautomatic rim-fire rifle with a magazine capacity no greater than 10 rounds;

    (b) a semiautomatic shotgun with a magazine capacity no greater than 5 rounds;

    (c) a pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity no greater than 5 rounds;

    (d) a weapon mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (c) that is a blank-fire firearm.

     

    Category (D) 

    Semi-automatic centre-fire rifles; semi-automatic shotguns (capable of holding more than 5 rounds); and semi-automatic rimfire rifles (capable of holding more than 10 rounds).

     

    (1) Each of the following is a category D weapon—

    (a) a self-loading centre-fire rifle designed or adapted for military purposes or a firearm that substantially duplicates a rifle of that type in design, function or appearance;

    (b) a non-military style self-loading centre-fire rifle;

    (c) a self-loading shotgun with a magazine capacity of greater than 5 rounds;

    (d) a pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity of greater than 5 rounds;

    (e) a self-loading rim-fire rifle with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds;

    (f) a lever action shotgun with a magazine capacity of greater than 5 rounds;

    (g) a weapon mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (f) that is a blank-fire firearm.

    (2) Subsection (1) applies to a weapon mentioned in the subsection even if the weapon is permanently inoperable.

     

    Category (E) 

    Bullet-proof vests.

     

    (1) A bulletproof vest or protective body vest or body armour designed to prevent the penetration of small arms projectiles is a category E weapon.

    (2) In this section—

    body armour

    (a) means an article designed for anti-ballistic purposes that is designed to be worn on a part of the body; and

    (b) does not include a helmet, or other article, designed for sight or hearing protection.

     

    Category (H) 

    Handguns.

     

    (1) A firearm, including an air pistol and a blank-fire firearm, under 75cm in length, other than a powerhead, is a category H weapon, regardless of whether it has been rendered permanently inoperable.

    (2) A conversion unit is also a category H weapon.

    (3) This section does not apply to a powerhead or category C, D or R weapon.

    (4) In this section—

    conversion unit means a unit or device or barrel that is capable of being used for converting a category H weapon that is a firearm from one calibre to another calibre.

    For schedule 2 of the Act, each of the following comprises a class of category H weapon—

    (a) an air pistol;
    (b) a centre-fire pistol with a calibre of not more than .38 inch or a black-powder pistol;
    (c) a centre-fire pistol with a calibre of more than .38 inch but not more than .45 inch;
    (d) a rim-fire pistol.

     

    Category (M) 

     

    Crossbows, certain knives and other hand held weapons capable of causing bodily harm.

     

    Each of the following is a category M weapon—

    (a) any clothing, apparel, adornment, accessory or other thing—

    (i) designed to disguise any weapon or other cutting or piercing instrument capable of causing bodily harm (Examples  a bowen knife belt, a credit card knife

    or

    (ii) designed for use as a weapon or a cutting or piercing instrument capable of causing bodily harm;

    (b) any knife so designed or constructed so as to be used as a weapon that while the knife is held in 1 hand, the blade may be released by that hand;

    (c) a ballistic knife that propels or releases a knife-like blade of any material by any means other than an explosive;

    (d) a butterfly knife, a knife known as a ‘balisong’, a pantographic knife, or a similar device that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike that fits within 2 handles attached to the blade or spike by transverse pivot pins or pantographic linkage and is capable of being opened by gravity or centrifugal force;

    (e) a flick knife, or a similar device of any material that has a blade folded or recessed into the handle that opens automatically by gravity or centrifugal force or if pressure is applied to a button, spring or device in or attached to the handle of the device;

    (f) a push knife, or a similar device designed as a weapon that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike and allows the blade or spike to be supported by the palm of the hand so that stabbing blows or slashes can be inflicted by a punching or pushing action;

    (g) a sheath knife, or a similar device of any material that has a sheath which withdraws into its handle by gravity or centrifugal force or if pressure is applied to a button, spring or device attached to or forming part of the sheath, handle or blade of the device;

    (h) a star knife, or a similar device that consists of at least 2 angular points, blades or spikes, of any material, disposed outwardly about a central axis point and that are designed to spin around the central axis point in flight when thrown at a target;

    (i) a trench knife, or a similar device that consists of a single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike of any material that is fitted with a handle made of any hard substance that is designed to be fitted over the knuckles of the hand of the user to protect the knuckles and increase the effect of a punch or blow;

    (j) a riding crop that contains, conceals or disguises a knife, stiletto or any other single-edged or multi-edged blade or spike of any length or of any material;

    (k) a walking stick or cane that contains, conceals or disguises a sword or any other single-edged or multi-edged blade, knife or spike of any length or of any material;

    (l) any incendiary or inflammable device containing any substance capable of causing bodily harm or damage to property that is primarily designed for vegetation management;

    (m) any pistol crossbow designed to be discharged by the use of 1 hand (that is not a toy pistol crossbow) that when discharged is capable of causing damage or injury to property or capable of causing bodily harm;

    (n) any crossbow designed to be discharged by the use of 2 hands that, when discharged, is capable of causing damage or injury to property or capable of causing bodily harm;

    (o) a chinese throwing iron that is a hard non-flexible plate having 3 or more radiating points with 1 or more sharp edges in the shape of a polygon, trefoil, cross, star, diamond or geometric shape and constructed or designed to be thrown as a weapon;

    (p) a flail or similar device constructed and designed as a weapon consisting of in part a striking head and which, if used offensively against a person, is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (q) a device known as a ‘manrikiguisari’ or ‘kusari’, consisting of a length of rope, cord, wire or chain fastened at each end to a geometrically shaped weight or handgrip and constructed or designed for use as a weapon;

    (r) a device known as a knuckleduster or any device made or adapted for use as a knuckleduster and which, if used offensively against a person, is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (s) a weighted glove designed or constructed to be used as a weapon;

    (t) a mace or any similar article (other than a ceremonial mace made for and used solely as a symbol of authority on ceremonial occasions);

    (u) any device, not a toy, constructed or designed as a telescopic baton, the extension of which is actuated by the operation of a mechanical trigger.

     

    Category (R) 

     

    Machine guns, fully automatic large calibre military weapons.

     

    Each of the following is a category R weapon--

    (a) a machine gun or submachine gun that is fully automatic in its operation and actuated by energy developed when it is being fired or has multiple revolving barrels, and any replica or facsimile of a machine gun or submachine gun that is not a toy;

    (b) a unit or device that is capable of being used for converting any firearm to a weapon mentioned in paragraph (a);

    (c) a firearm capable of firing 50 calibre BMG cartridge ammunition;

    (d) an antipersonnel gas, and an antipersonnel substance, of a corrosive, noxious or irritant nature or that is capable of causing bodily harm, and any weapon capable of discharging the gas or substance by any means, other than a gas or substance and any weapon capable of discharging the gas or substance that is primarily designed for the control of native or feral animals;

    (e) an acoustical antipersonnel device of an intensity that is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (f) an electrical antipersonnel device of an intensity that is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (g) a hand grenade, other than an inert hand grenade, and an antipersonnel mine;

    (h) a silencer or other device or contrivance made or used, or capable of being used, or intended to be used, for reducing the sound caused by discharging a firearm;

    (i) a rocket launcher, recoilless rifle, antitank rifle, a bazooka or a rocket propelled grenade type launcher;

    (j) a mortar, all artillery and any incendiary or inflammable device containing any substance capable of causing bodily harm or damage to property, other than an incendiary or inflammable device primarily designed for vegetation management.

    There is also a category of ‘restricted items’ which includes handcuffs, thumb cuffs or other similar restraints, martial arts weapons, studded gloves and some clubs and laser pointers..

     

     Restricted Items

    The following items are restricted items for section 67 of the Act—

     (a) handcuffs, thumbcuffs or other similar restraints;

    (b) nunchaku or kung-fu sticks or any similar device which consists of 2 hard non-flexible sticks, clubs, pipes or rods connected by a length of rope, cord, wire or chain constructed or designed to be used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defence and which if used offensively against a person is or are capable of causing bodily harm;

    (c) a billy club, a baton or any device constructed or designed as a telescopic baton, not being a toy or a category M weapon, that if used is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (d) any studded glove which if used offensively against a person is capable of causing bodily harm;

    (e) a laser pointer.

     
     

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 8)

     

    Apply for Concealable Licence for Target Shooting in Queensland

    Before you can apply for a Category H concealable firearms licence for the Sport or Target Shooting, there are a few things you need to do.

     

    Step 1 - Join a pistol club as an eligible member
    You are required to become an eligible member of a shooting club.

    In order to become an eligible member, you must:

    already possess a weapons act licence, or
    have obtained a statement of eligibility issued by Weapons Licensing.
    If you don't possess a statement of eligibility or a Weapons Act Licence, you are not considered an eligible person to join a pistol club.

     

    Step 2 - Maintain membership and complete the required shoots
    Once you become an eligible member, you must maintain this membership for at least 6 months before applying for a licence.

    During that 6 months, you are required to complete at least 3 participation shoots.


    Step 3 - Approved club declaration (QP518A) and application
    Your club representative is required to complete an approved club declaration (QP518A). This declaration proves your membership to the club and makes up part of your application.

    This declaration is valid for only 28 days, so make sure once you receive this declaration, you apply for your licence.

    You must also include a participation record card showing you have completed the 3 required shoots. The shoots must have taken place within the six months immediately before the 'approved club declaration (Queensland applicant)' being signed, and on separate days.

     

    Application for a Queensland Concealable Firearms Licence (Cat H)

     

    Concealable Firearms Licence (Cat H) for Sport of Target Shooting


    To support your application, you will need to provide:

     

    Proof of address (Queensland Drivers Licence, rates notice or electricity bill).

    Your statement of attainment for an approved firearms safety course, covering the category of weapon you’re applying for.

    Approved Club Declaration, Queensland Applicant (Form QP518A), completed by the club representative within the previous 28 days. The QP518A is the proof of current financial membership of an approved Queensland Pistol Club. If you have moved from interstate the club representative must complete a QP518B instead.

    A copy of your participation record card showing you have completed the three required shoots. These must have taken place within the six months prior to the Approved Club Declaration (Queensland Applicant) being signed.

    Details of any medical condition endorsed on your Queensland Drivers Licence.

    A current passport-quality photograph.

    Additional information: If you wish to use handguns for accredited events, please provide details specific details of the handguns you will be using, as well as details of the accredited events. You will also need to supply a letter from an approved shooting club verifying your participation. Once you are ready to commence your application please agree to the following statement by reading the important information below and selecting the check box.

     

    Restrictions on the Type of Handguns in Queensland

     

    A holder of a concealable firearms licence, who is a member of an approved shooting club, must not use a weapon that:

    • has a calibre greater than .38 inch (except for black-powder pistols) unless they have applied for and been approved to use high calibre weapons,
    • is semi automatic and has a barrel length of less than 120mm unless it has an overall length of at least 250mm measured parallel to the barrel,
    • is not semi automatic (e.g. revolvers and single shot pistols) and has a barrel length of less than 100 mm unless it has an overall length of at least 250 mm measured parallel to the barrel,
    • has a capacity of more than 10 rounds, and
    • is designed to be used without a magazine that has a maximum capacity of more than 10 rounds.

    Calibre limitations do not apply to category H weapons that are black-powder pistols.

    A black-powder pistol is a firearm that is less than 75 cm in length; and is either:

    • a muzzle loading firearm; or
    • a cap and ball firearm; and
    • does not accept cartridge ammunition.

     

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  • 10 Part Guide to a Firearms Licence in Queensland (Part 9)

     

    Concealable Licence (Cat H) Occupational & Primary Production

     

    Queensland is one of the only sane States in Australia that continues to issue concealable licences to primary producers. Authorised Officers are still issuing licences for category H firearms to primary producers who have shown that they meet the proof requirements. Other states like Western Australia took away handguns from pastorialists some years ago. The legislation still suggests that their is a route to handgun licensing for Primary Producers but the fact that no licences have been issued (to my knowledge) for handguns in this category speaks for itself. Only Queensland stands out as a basteon of common sense in this regard.

     

    During the assessment of a New Application or Renewal for a Concealable Firearms Licence (Category H), an Authorised Officer within Weapons Licensing uses the following tools to make a decision on an application:

     

    • The Weapons Act 1990, Weapons Regulation 2016 and Weapons Categories Regulation 1997.
    • The results of decisions handed down by the QLD Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) when a person has appealed the decision by an Authorised Officer to reject a weapons licence application.
    • The clauses detailed in the National Firearms Agreement (NFA) in relation to Primary Producers and the possession of a category H firearm.
    • Queensland Globe technology provided by the Queensland Government. This is an online interactive tool which displays physical, geographic and spatial data about a location in map format. The spatial data displays layers on QLD roads, property, topography, land valuations, land parcel information and more. https://qldglobe.information.qld.gov.au/
    • Colour photographs of the terrain and surrounding features to demonstrate any special circumstances that make the use of a rifle or long-arm weapon impracticable or impossible.
    • Animal welfare guidelines such as the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle, the CSIRO Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals and Pestsmart Standard Operational Procedures for controlling feral animals. These codes of practice do not advocate handguns for the humane destruction of feral animals and euthanasia of livestock. Examples will be outlined later in this document.

     

    General Information:

     

    1. Section 15(3) and 18(5) of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates that in determining an application for the issue or renewal of a licence, an authorised officer may consider anything at the officer’s disposal. In addition to this, the authorised officer must consider the information outlined below, (including the applicable legislation and relevant case law decisions.)
    2. If you have previously held a concealable licence for occupational purposes, this does not necessarily mean you will automatically be approved for another one upon application for renewal. You must include all information and material to substantiate your application. The principle applied from a previous Tribunal decision is:- The fact that a licence has been previously issued does not give rise to any legitimate expectation that the licence will be renewed indefinitely and may be rejected with or without any further information. Sobey v Commercial and Private Agents Board [22 S.A.S.R 1979] 72
    3. The use of category H firearms for recreational shooting is specifically prohibited by section 22(2) of the Weapons Regulation 2016.
    4. Personal protection is not a genuine reason for acquiring, possessing or using a firearm.
    5. Easy carriage is not a genuine reason for a concealable licence.

     

     Considerations:

     

    1. Section 10 of the Weapons Act 1990 provides the limitations on the issue of a licence and outlines the strict requirements that must be met for the issue of a licence.
    2. Sections 15(3) and 18(5) of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates that in deciding the application, the authorised officer may consider anything at the officer’s disposal.
    3. To apply for the concealable licence, you must have a genuine reason for the possession of a category H firearm: a. Section 11(c) of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates that one of the genuine reasons for the possession of a weapon includes “an occupational requirement, including an occupational requirement for rural purposes”. b. Therefore, the genuine reason for a farmer could be for an occupational requirement for a rural purpose as a primary producer.
    4. To determine if you are a primary producer, the Authorised Officer considers the definition of primary producer in the Weapons Act 1990 and how the courts have previously interpreted the word ‘primarily’.
    5. The definition of a primary producer under the Weapons Act 1990 is not the same as the definition by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and any decision made by an Authorised Officer within Weapons Licencing will not impact your status with the ATO.
    6. Concealable licences are not generally issued for the purpose of feral animal control in primary production due to the limited range and accuracy of a concealable firearm.

     

    Definition of a Primary Producer

     

    A primary producer means a person (not being a person engaged in primary production as an employee on wages or piecework rates) primarily engaged in the occupation of—

    (a) dairy farmer; or

    (b) wheat, maize, or cereal grower; or

    (c) cane grower; or

    (d) fruit grower; or

    (e) grazier; or

    (f) farmer, whether engaged in general or mixed farming, cotton, potato, or vegetable growing, or poultry or pig raising; and includes a person prescribed by regulation.

     

    Primarily engaged does not include part time. If you work in town five days a week and on the farm on the weekend, it is likely that an authorised officer would not consider you a primary producer. The authorised officer could consider you for the issue of a concealable licence for an occupational use if you meet all the requirements.

     

    QCAT Decisions

    Previous QCAT decisions and principles an Authorised Officer considers include:

    Occupational Requirement

    If it is a requirement of the applicant’s occupation that they be able to use a pistol, the occupational requirement had to be genuine.

    Cseke v Queensland Police Service [2005] QCAT 466 Principle applied: It had to be a requirement of the applicant’s occupation that he be able to use the pistol. Moreover, the occupational requirement had to be genuine. The decision maker cannot be criticized for being more conscientious than previous decision maker.

     

    Necessary

    As required by Section 13(5) of the Weapons Act 1990, the applicant must show “why possession of a weapon is necessary in the conduct of the applicant’s business or employment”. Further, why it gives rise to a special need to be issued with a licence for category H firearms. The Tribunal has previously considered the term ‘necessary’ as used in section 13(5) of Weapons Act 1990 and determined that convenience or preference does not meet this test.

     

    The applicant must justify: 

      1. Why the possession of a category H firearm is necessary in the conduct of the applicant’s business as a primary producer; and,
      2. Why the use of a category H firearm is required, and why the use of a long-arm such as category A or B firearm could not meet the same need. Please note that convenience, preference or self-protection is not a genuine reason.

    Shaxson v Queensland Police Service, Weapons Licensing Branch [2014] QCAT 309 ‘Necessary,’ according to common usage, connotes something which is required, rather than something which is merely convenient or a matter of preference. In the context, it reasonably connotes that the requirement can not be met in some other way, and can not currently be appropriately met…special need for a handgun would not have been established.

     

    Further clarification of necessary and special need has been provided by QCAT and the Authorised Officer will consider:

      1. The size of your property;
      2. The terrain of your property; and,
      3. Special circumstances that make the use of a rifle or long-arm weapon impracticable or impossible. (i.e. limited access to the majority of the property due to vegetation and steep hills.)

    An Authorised Officer will utilise Queensland Globe and colour photographs to assess whether the size, demographics and vegetation on your property is of such a nature that a category H firearm is required to carry out the humane destruction of stock that may be injured in remote parts of your property.

     

    Previous QCAT decisions provide guidance here:

    The issue of a concealable licence for the use of occupational primary production is generally restricted to very large land holdings which have excessively rugged terrain requiring the extensive use of motorbikes or horseback to access.

     

    These properties generally must be of a size that if any firearm was not carried and livestock is located and needed to be put down, the delay in returning to retrieve a firearm would cause inhumane suffering to the animal.

     

    QCAT has previously considered a property of 16,400 hectares, or 42,000 acres, that only had limited four-wheel drive access with most of it being accessed on horseback and with less than 0.9% of open grazing land. QCAT decided that this established a ‘special need’ which supported the issue of an occupational Concealable Firearms Licence (category H).

     

    Further, QCAT considered that if there was better vehicle access to a greater proportion of the property and not necessarily all of the property, it would have resulted in the ‘special need’ not being established. Harm v Queensland Police Service [2010] QCAT 518, Senior Tribunal Member Oliver.

     

    You should also be aware that if your property consists of a leasehold agreement with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), you require a letter of permission from the Regional Director to use firearms on that portion of your property.

     

    QPWS generally only authorise the use of category A and B weapons on leasehold areas.

     

    Further case law considered in making this decision includes:

    Feeney v Queensland Police Service (Weapons Licensing Branch)[2017] QCAT 203 The Authorised Officer must consider whether there is a “special need”that would warrant the issue of an occupational licence and whether or not the need can be met in another way, including the use of another category of firearm.

     

    It is important to note: 

    • The mere use of a horse or motorcycle, or earthmoving machinery in itself does not lead to a requirement for a handgun.
    • The Weapons Act 1990 precludes a person from being licensed for the purposes of self-protection. https://www.sclqld.org.au/caselaw/QCAT/2017/203

     

    Harm v Queensland Police Service [2010] QCAT 518

     Principle applied: Property size, terrain and access are considerations in determining if a ‘special need’ for the issue of a concealable firearms licence is established. https://www.sclqld.org.au/caselaw/QCAT/2010/518

     

    Geary v Queensland Police Service Weapons Licensing [2017] QCAT 6 Principle applied: use of concealable weapons will only be necessary where the terrain or special circumstances make the use of a rifle or long-arm weapon impractical or impossible…The mere use of a horse or motor cycle, or earthmoving machinery, in itself does not lead to a requirement for a handgun. https://www.sclqld.org.au/caselaw/QCAT/2017/6

     

    Bergmann and Commissioner of Police [2009] WASAT 233 Principle applied: the Weapons Act precludes a person from being licensed for the purposes of self-protection.

     

    Baker v Queensland Police Service Weapons Licensing [2019] QCAT Principle applied: the size of the property, the terrain and the extent to which he has demonstrated a need to use a pistol in the past… could equally attend to all of the occupational needs with a rifle. Being able to carry a pistol may be more convenient but there is a reasonable alternative. Carrying a rifle when necessary is not an unreasonable burden in the proper management of the rural enterprise. In addition, that weapon possession and use, here a pistol, is subordinate to the need to ensure public and individual safety.

     

    Some of the things that you could include in your application are: 

    The situation which previously required the use of a concealable firearm on your property. Including where you were on the property, what happened, how often this has happened and why a long-arm would have been ineffective. (Remembering - convenience is not a justification/reason for possessing a concealable firearm). 

    • The frequency and need of humane destruction of livestock with a concealable firearm and if you used a concealable firearm, why? 
    • The quantity and type of livestock you run on your property.
    • The frequency and use of a long-arm to affect the euthanasia of an animal or feral animal, the details, location on the property and the frequency of this occurring
    • Describing the type of land required to traverse and why a concealable weapon is the only option. Include information why a long-arm could not be used.
    • Whether the commercial firearm carrying product options available on the market to aid in the safe carriage of a long-arm been explored.

     

    NATIONAL FIREARMS AGREEMENT (NFA)

    Due to the Port Arthur Massacre in 1996, all sides of Government (Federal and State) agreed to the implementation of the NFA in 1996. The Monash University Shootings in 2002 reaffirmed the need to control handguns for community safety.

     

    The NFA constitutes a national approach to the regulation of firearms. The Agreement affirms that firearms possession and use, is a privilege that is conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety, and that public safety is improved by the safe and responsible possession, carriage, use, registration, storage and transfer of firearms.

     

    In 2017 the Federal and all State Governments through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signed off on the update 2017 NFA. The 2017 NFA did not change Queensland’s approach to the licencing of category H firearms. Queensland Weapons Licensing continues to vary from the NFA in that, upon legislative requirements being met, it will still licence primary producers to possess a Category H firearm.

     

    APPLICABLE ANIMAL WELFARE GUIDELINES

    An Authorised Officer will also consider the following animal welfare guidelines which provide guidance on the suitability of types of firearms for humane destruction of livestock.

    The CSIRO provide the general “Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Feral Livestock Animals”. A link to this code can be found at http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/370/

    More species-specific guidelines are put out by a section of the Federal Government known as PestSmart. There are guides for Dogs, Foxes, Rabbits, Pigs, Cats, Goats, Deer, Camels and Horses. A link to this site can be found at https://www.pestsmart.org.au/

    Each model code has specific requirements for the types of firearms and ammunition considered suitable for specific animals:

     

    PIG003Ground Shooting Feral Pigs - Large calibre, high-powered rifles (at least equal to .243 performance), fitted with a telescopic sight are recommended. Hollow-point or soft-nosed (minimum 80 grain) ammunition should be used.12-gauge shotguns with heavy shot sizes of SG or SSG, may be effective, but only up to a distance of 20 metres from the target animal.

     

    DOG003:Ground Shooting Wild Dogs - Small bore, high velocity, centre fire rifles fitted with a telescopic sight are preferred e.g. .22-250, .22 Hornet, .222 Remington, .223 or .243 Winchester. Hollow-point or soft nosed ammunition should always be used. • Rimfire weapons with lower muzzle energy are not recommended because of the greater risk of non-lethal wounding. • 12-gauge shotguns with heavy shot sizes of No. 2, SSG, BB or AAA may be effective, but only up to a distance of 20 metres from the target animal.

     

    Livestock – the humane killing of Livestock is covered by the QLD Government guidelines found on the Business and Industry portal called Humane Killing of Injured Livestock, it recommends a rifle for the destruction of livestock. A .22 or .22 magnum calibre rifle is adequate for most animals if the shot is correctly positioned. A link to this site can be located at https://www.business.qld.gov.au/industries/farms-fishingforestry/agriculture/livestock/animal-welfare/humane-killing

     

    Livestock Transportation – there is a specific Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Land Transport of Cattle. it recommends rifle or captive bolt killers, not concealable firearms. Called Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines Land Transport of Livestock, (2012) and is available on online at http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/files/2011/02/Land-transport-of-livestockStandards-and-Guidelines-Version-1.-1-21-September-2012.pdf

     

    Slaughter Yards– there is a specific model code of practice for the slaughter of livestock within a slaughtering establishment which recommends rifle or captive bolt killers, not concealable firearms. This is the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Livestock at Slaughtering Establishments, it is available on online at http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/2975/

     

    CARRIAGE OF FIREARMS OF MOTORBIKES AND HORSEBACK

    There are commercially available products for the carriage of long-arms on motorbikes and horses and the mere fact you use these methods to access parts of the property does not lead to the requirement for a handgun.

     

    Restrictions on the Type of Handguns in Queensland

     

    A holder of a concealable firearms licence, who is a member of an approved shooting club, must not use a weapon that:

    • has a calibre greater than .38 inch (except for black-powder pistols) unless they have applied for and been approved to use high calibre weapons,
    • is semi automatic and has a barrel length of less than 120mm unless it has an overall length of at least 250mm measured parallel to the barrel,
    • is not semi automatic (e.g. revolvers and single shot pistols) and has a barrel length of less than 100 mm unless it has an overall length of at least 250 mm measured parallel to the barrel,
    • has a capacity of more than 10 rounds, and
    • is designed to be used without a magazine that has a maximum capacity of more than 10 rounds.

    Calibre limitations do not apply to category H weapons that are black-powder pistols.

    A black-powder pistol is a firearm that is less than 75 cm in length; and is either:

    • a muzzle loading firearm; or
    • a cap and ball firearm; and
    • does not accept cartridge ammunition.

     

    IN CONCLUSION Queensland is one of the only States that continues to issue concealable licences to primary producers. Authorised Officers are still issuing licences for category H firearms to primary producers who have shown they meet the requirements. This information sheet is not to be construed as legal advice. Should you wish, please seek your own independent legal advice

     

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    What are the Fees for Firearms Licences in Western Australia?

     

     

    WA Firearms Licence Fees 2019

    Individual Firearm Licences
    Firearms Licence- Original Issue (1 year)$268.00
    Firearms Licence - renewal (1 year)$56.00
    Firearms Licence - Additional Firearm/s Application Fee (Formerly referred to as "Noting Fee"$188.00
      
    Collector's Licence
    Firearm Collector's Licence- Original issue (3 year)$346.00
    Firearm Collector's Licence- renewal (3 year)$62.00
    Firearm Collector's Licence - Additional Firearm/s Application Fee (Formerly referred to as "Noting Fee"     $199.00
      
    Corporate Licence
    Corporate Licence- original issue (1 year)$442.00
    Corporate Licence- renewal (1 year)$128.00
    Corporate Licence - Additional Firearm/s Application Fee (Formerly referred to as "Noting Fee"$199.00
      
    Dealers Licence
    Dealers Licence - original issue (1year)$455.00
    Dealers Licence - renewal (1year)$118.00
      
    Repairs Licence
    Repairers Licence - original issue (1 year)$455.00
    Repairers Licence - renewal (1 year)$92.00
      
    Manufacturers Licence
    Manufacturers Licence- original issue (1 year)$455.00
    Manufacturers Licence- renewal (1 year)$92.00
      
    Shooting Gallery Licence
    Shooting Gallery Licence - original issue (1 year)$317.00
    Shooting Gallery Licence - renewal (1 year)$97.00
      
    Ammunition Collector's Licence
    Ammunition Licence - original issue (5 years)$317.00
    Ammunition Licence - renewal (5 years)$64.00
      
    Miscellaneous fees
    Safe Custody Fee*$162.00
    Temporary Permit Fee$61.00
    Duplicate Firearms Licence$34.00
    Photographic licence cards$20.00
    Infringement Fine$421.00

    *GST Inclusive



           

     

  • How to get a gun licence in Northern Territory

  • Firearms Licensing FAQ - Queensland

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch directly on (07) 3015 7777

     

    Answer:
    A restricted firearms licence for young people between the ages of 11 and 17 can be granted which allow young people to use a firearm in certain circumstances. This licence however, does not permit a licenced young person to purchase a firearm.
    Answer:
    The minimum age for the purchase of a firearm in Queensland is 18 years old.  ( You must be the holder of a Weapons Licence)
    Answer:
    Yes, you can use another persons licenced firearms, provided you are licensed for the same categories of firearms the other person is licensed to own. You can't borrow firearms that are not licenced or from a person who isn't the holder of a current licence.
    Answer:

    The possession and use of a laser pointer with an output greater than 1 milliwatt is restricted to persons with a genuine reasonable excuse. A reasonable excuse is defined in the Act and allows members of recognised astronomical organisations and people who have genuine occupational reasons to have possession of a laser pointer with a power output of less than 20 milliwatts.

    Firearms licensees who have possession of a firearm that has the capacity to use a laser pointer with a power output of less than 10 milliwatts will also be considered a reasonable excuse. The possession and use of laser pointers for any purpose will not be restricted where the laser pointer is less than 1 milliwatt.

    The regulation of laser pointers will align Queensland with other Australian jurisdictions and the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulation 1956 (Cth) which restricts the importation of laser pointers.

    Answer:
    • It is not an offence to possess a gel blaster in Queensland.
    • There are no legal restrictions on the storage of gel blasters in Queensland. However, when possessing a gel blaster in a public place the item should be carried in a way that is not visible to the public, so it will not cause alarm to any person.
    • There are no restrictions on the sale of gel blasters in Queensland.
    • Use of gel blasters is a responsibility of the person in possession of the item.
    • It is an offence to modify a gel blaster if it has the capacity to fire ammunition as defined in the Explosive Regulation 2017.
    • You do not need a weapons licence to possess a gel blaster.
    • You cannot use a Gel Blaster on a paint pellet shooting gallery when paint ball guns are in use.
    • Each state and territory possesses its own policies relevant to gel blasters.  For any questions in relation to another authority you will need to contact the relevant authority in that state or territory directly.
    Answer:
    In all instances when possessing a gel blaster in a public space the item should be carried in a way that is not visible to members of the public, so as not to cause alarm to any person.
    Answer:

    Below are some examples of types of offences that may be committed by a person in possession or using a gel blaster.  This is not an exhaustive list.

    • Commit public nuisance from Summary Offences Act 2005
    • Particular conduct involving a weapon in a public place prohibited from Weapons Act 1990.
    • Dangerous conduct with weapon prohibited generally from Weapons Act 1990.

    Unlawfully entering onto someone else’s land to use a gel blaster

    • Trespass from Summary Offences Act 2005

    Discharging pointing or threatening the use of a gel blaster on another person without permission and causing them injury

    • Possession of implement in relation to particular offences from Summary Offences Act 2005.
    • Threatening violence - discharge firearms from Criminal Code.
    • Common assault from Criminal Code.
    • Assault occasioning bodily harm from Criminal Code.
    • Grievous bodily harm from Criminal Code. Robbery from Criminal Code.

    Shooting animals with a gel blaster

    • Animal cruelty prohibited from Animal Care and Protection Act 2001.

    Causing fear or alarm to any person in a public place or in view of a public place whilst using or in possession of a gel blaster

    • Going armed to cause fear from the Criminal Code.

    Pointing a gel blaster at another person who believes the toy is a real weapon

    • Common assault from Criminal Code.

     

    Answer:

    We are aware of the interest in airsoft / soft air sports in some areas of the community in Queensland. Airsoft guns are considered firearms in Queensland and are a prohibited item under Schedule 6 the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

     

    Further information about customs can be obtained from the Australian Border Force

    Answer:
    There is currently no age limit for a person, within Queensland, to possess or use a gel blaster. However, clubs, ranges, field operators and associations may have age restrictions for persons using their services.
    Answer:

    There is a provision for temporary mutual recognition of interstate licences for particular purposes.

    Further information on visiting Queensland with weapons. 

    Answer:

    Permanent Queensland residents may apply for a Queensland weapons licence, licence renewal or permit to acquire (PTA) using WAO provided certain eligibility criteria can be satisfied. Ensure you are eligible to apply for and/or renew a ​ Queensland weapons licence or PTA.  

    More on visiting Queensland

    More on moving to or from Queensland

    Answer:
    If you have selected 'No' to the question 'Is the firearm/weapon you are acquiring held by the registered owner?' you will be asked to upload a letter of authority from the registered owner giving permission for you to acquire the weapon. To determine if you have answered this question correctly and whether you need to supply a letter of authority, review information on safekeeping.
    Answer:

    As a minimum requirement new applicants for a weapons licence will need to supply a passport quality photograph for use on the licence card.​ A copy of the statement of attainment for a firearms safety course is required if you have never previously held a weapons licence or it is more than 12 months since your previous licence expired. 

     

    You may also need to supply documents relating to evidence of licence history, firearms possession, change of name and/or medical clearance depending on your answers to those questions in the application form. The other type of documents you may need to supply with your application will depend upon the type of licence you are applying for. Read the information supplied under the licence section for full details.

    Answer:

    Correspondence is sent to the applicant to advise them when they are due to attend the station and present themself, together with a printed copy of the correspondence with the appropriate proof of identification to complete their identification check,

    The table below indicates the documents which can be provided to the police station as identification.

    You are required to present 1 primary and 2 secondary original documents as proof of your identity.

     

    Primary - provide only 1

    Secondary - provide any 2

    Australian photo driver's licence
    (current or expired less than 2 years)
    Other photo ID - e.g. student ID
    (current)
    Australian or foreign passport
    (current or expired less than 2 years)
    Medicare card
    Australian weapons licence
    (current or expired less than 2 years)
    Credit card/financial institution debit card
    QLD or Federal Police Officer photo ID
    (Current)
    Dept of Veterans Affairs/Centrelink pensioner concession card
    Australian Defence Force photo ID
    (current)
    Named bill (e.g. rates, telephone)
    Australian birth certificate
    (accepted only for a minor’s application)
    Rental lease agreement
    Answer:

    In certain circumstances you may need to supply supporting documentation with your permit to acquire (PTA) application. This applies if you are acquiring a weapon for any of the following reasons:

    • Category H weapon for sports or target shooting
    • Requirements for collectors
    • Requirements for a weapon in safekeeping 
    • If the weapon is being disposed from a deceased estate.
    Answer:

    The supporting documentation you need to supply with your new licence application will depend on the class of licence and the reason for your application (your genuine reason). In certain circumstances, you might also need to provide​ supporting documentation with your application for a PTA and licence renewal.

    Supporting documentation and licence photographs are mandatory for the lodgement of new licence applications online and failure to submit the correct documentation will result in delays in processing your application.​

    To upload documentation to your application ensure the files are:

    • saved to your computer as PDF, TIFF, JPEG or GIF files
    • are legible; and 
    • are no larger than 2MB per file.

    A current photograph is required for the submission of all new licence applications and this can be saved to your computer as any valid image format. Refer to your courtesy renewal pack and your Form 6B for further information on licence photograph requirements for your licence renewal application. ​

    If you can't upload supporting documentation for your PTA or licence renewal application, fax, email or mail them to ​Weapons Licensing, quoting your reference number. 

    The confirmation screen will display a list of the documentation required to

    Answer:

    You can supply documents such as your rates notice, electricity or phone bill or bank statement, as long as they are in your name and show your residential address. Alternatively, a copy of your Queensland driver's licence is appropriate. If you have a new Queensland driver's licence or your laminated licence has a change of address sticker on the reverse you must provide a copy of both sides of the licence.

    Answer:

    No. To apply online you need to supply details of the individual or business that you are acquiring the weapon from. If you want to shop around you will need to complete a paper application for a permit to acquire. Even if you apply using a paper application, you will still be required to supply minimum weapon details.

  • Firearms Licensing FAQ - Western Australia

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch directly on 1300 171 011.

     

    Answer:
    There is no minimum age to shoot a firearm in WA. Provided the person is shooting under the supervision and control of the guns licence holder. Strict control and supervision should be in place when teaching minors to shoot. Learning to keep the firearm pointed in the right direction and little fingers away from triggers are basic skills that if taught early will stick for a life-time of safe shooting.
    Answer:
    The minimum age for the issue of a firearm licence or permit for a firearm itself is 18 years old.  ( How young to get a gun licence? How old do I have to be to get a gun licence? At what age can I get a gun licence?)
    Answer:
    Answer 1)  Yes, you can shoot on private property, provided that you have written permission from the land owner and the land is of a suitable size for the calibre of firearm you are using. Remember to keep your firearms licence and letter of authority with you when you are out shooting. It is also adviseable to talk with adjacent land owners and let them know that there will be some noise for the day so as not to be alarmed. Remember to clean up after yourself and never leave rubbish and brass lying around. (Do I need permission to shoot on someones land? Can I shoot on a farm? Can I shoot on Crown Land?) Answer 2)  No you can't shoot on Crown Land - Section 267 (2)(h) of the Land Administration Act 1997 prohibits the discharge of any firearm or other weapon on Crown Land.
    Answer:
    There is not minimum for property size in the Firearms Act or Regulations in WA. If someone tries to tell you there is, I would suggest that they show you the section of the Act or Regulation that states this figure. Safety is the main issue here. You must take into consideration the size of the property, and the type of firearm you will be using.
    .22 rimfire                              1.5 km
    303                                         3.6 km
    308                                         4 km
    Air rifle                                   150 metres
    Shotgun (#6 shot)                 250 metres
    Shotgun (BB)                         450 metres

    The distance that some rifles projectiles will travel is many kilometres. Google Maps can be helpful in determining property distances.
    Answer:
    Yes. Air rifles are considered to be firearms, just the same as ammunition is considered to be a firearm. Possession of ammunition without a licence or for the wrong calibre of ammunition is an offence and has harsh penalties.
    Answer:
    For the average shooter the answer is yes. (Refer to Section 8(i) of the Firearms Act 1973, which provides exemptions from licensing for family members and employees/contracted persons of Primary Producers).
    Answer:
    If your licence is less than 3 months over-due, you can usually contact Police Licensing to arrange payment. If you are over 3 months, you will need to apply for you licence again. Arrange for a gun dealer or gun club to store your firearms for a few months. Apply for a temporary movement permit and take the firearms to the dealer for storage. New serviceability form/s for the firearms will need to be obtained. The dealer will then add the firearms to their book while you re-apply for a firearms licence. Temporary Permits can be issued by the Police Licensing Department in Cannington Tel: (08) 9451 0000

    Answer:
    Yes, you will need to produce your Firearm Extract Card if seeking to purchase ammunition or if you are in possession of a firearm, along with your paper Firearm Licence.
    Answer:
    No. Because they are different licence types and allow for possession of firearms under separate circumstances, you must complete a separate application for each licence type.
    Answer:
    No. Categories A and B can be submitted on one application. Categories C, H and E applications are required to be submitted separately. Each application will incur a separate fee. For Category D applications, contact Licensing Services.
    Answer:
    No. Because they are different licence types and allow for possession of firearms under separate circumstances, you must complete a separate application for each licence type.
    Answer:
    No. Ducks are off the menu for hunters in Western Australia. It is not legal to go duck hunting.
    Answer:
    Western Australia does not automatically recognise firearm licences issued in other jurisdictions. Under Sections 17 and 17A of the Firearms Act 1973, visitors from interstate need to apply for a temporary permit in order to lawfully possess firearms registered elsewhere while in WA. This can either be done by contacting Licensing Services on 1300 171 011 prior to entering WA, by making application at the first available police station once inside WA. You are able to apply for a temporary permit for high powered firearms at a police station or by contacting Licensing Services directly. If you are a new resident in WA, you must make an application for a Firearm Licence and have your firearm stored at an ‘authorised’ facility pending the outcome of your application. Note: WA Police are under no obligation to grant a licence or permit..
    Answer:
    A Firearm Serviceability Certificate is required for each firearm you intend to licence. The certificate is required to ensure compliance with Sections 12 and 18(5) of the Firearms Act 1973 and Regulation 24 of the Firearms Regulations 1974. Certificates can only be issued by participating Clubs/Associations or licensed Firearm Dealers, Repairers or Manufacturers. It is the responsibility of the Seller to obtain the Serviceability Certificate, which remains valid for a period of 3 months.
    Answer:
    You can advertise your firearms for sale in public advertising columns however, it is preferred that the advertisement is through a recognised, registered firearm magazine or classifed advertising website.Remember to include the serial number of the firearm. Caution should be taken when supplying your address where the firearms are stored.
    Answer:
    Legislation decrees that it is the discretion of the Police Commissioner if an applicant is a fit and proper person to own a firearm. Every application is be subject to a probity check to consider if the person is a fit and proper person as decreed under legislation and the discretion of the Commissioner. (You can appeal this decision in the Courts - See Test Cases listed on Used Guns Mart
    Answer:
    If you wish to store your firearms for safekeeping for an extended period, you may make arrangements through a Firearms Dealer to store them at an approved warehouse. For extreme circumstance only, and at the discretion of the Officer in Charge of a Police Station, firearms may be stored at a police station on your behalf for a fee, however this will not be for any extended period.
    Answer:
    Yes, firearms legislation requires that Police be notified of the manner and date of disposal and should include details of the name/address of the person the firearm was disposed to. In the case of an acquisition of a firearm it is a requirement that all firearms in Western Australia be subject of a licence or permit unless an exemption exists. An application to licence a firearm will need to be made through a participating Australia Post outlet.
    Answer:
    The executor of the estate must hand the firearm/s into a local police station if the firearm/s are not licensed by any other person. If co-licensed, the firearm/s should be handed to the co-licensed person for safe-keeping pending the finalisation of the Estate matters being completed. The executor or administrator of an estate should advise police: • The name and contact details for the executor of the estate • The full name and date of birth of the deceased licence holder • The deceased’s Firearm Licence number (if known)

    The executor must advise what is to happen with the firearm/s, be it disposal to a firearm dealer, forfeiture of the firearm for destruction or held pending outcome of the estate.
    Answer:
    Yes, Gel Blasters are illegal in WA at the present time. West Australian Police claim that Gel Blasters are illegal based on their interpretation of the firearms law. My personal opinion is that this may be open to a successful court appeal by anyone charged with possession of an Illegal Firearm (Gel Blaster).  There was a test case in Queensland under very similar laws that changed the interpretation of the law allowing Gel Blasters in Queensland. This is rather an involved topic, one which will need to be covered in a special article in the near future.
    Answer:
    No! Even in states where Gel Blasters are legal to own, you still can't walk around openly with them in a public place. This is why Gel Blasters are illegal to own in WA at the present time. These toys are very realistic to look at and are infact a firearm facsimile or imitation firearm. In the states where Gel Blasters are legal, you can't walk around with one in a public place without being charged with a serious criminal offence. 

           

     

  • The Best Firearms Licence Guide for Western Australia

     

    WA Police Firearms Licensing

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch on 1300 171 011.

     

    Firstly, before applying for a gun licence, you need to know some basic background information about the Western Australian firearms licencing process. Applying for a firearms licence is time consuming and requires you to gain a standard of knowledge and competance to be safe with a firearm and keep on the right side of the law. In most cases you will be required to purchase a gun cabinet for the safe storage of your firearm. There are seven types of firearms licence that you can apply for in Western Australia. Each type of licence is for a different purpose. (See below.)

     

    If you are applying for your first firearm, you will need to apply for an "Original Firearms Licence". You will also need to know which firearms you intend to licence. A WA firearms licence only grants you the right to possess a particular firearm identified by its make, model, calibre, type and serial number.  It can be more economical to licence a number of firearms with your original firearms application. This will reduce the added expense of multiple firearms applications and the significant fees which are charged.

     

    Below we have a table showing the eight different types of rifle that are used to determine your firearm type under Western Australian law. Firearms are also placed into specific licensing Categories. The makeup of these firearm categories vary from state to state in Australia.

     

    Firearms laws are NOT uniform across Australian states. A rifle that is legal in Queensland may well be illegal to own in Western Australia. Certain types of firearms can be deemed unsuitable for licensing by the Western Australian Police Commissioner. A firearm that is fully automatic, "looks scary" or looks like a "Military Firearm" may well be banned at the descretion of the Police Commissioner. 

     

    It pays to have a good general knowledge of the Firearms Act & Regulations for the state in which you live. If you have a question regarding firearm law, you can phone the Police Firearms Branch Support line at the bottom of this page. There a several firearms licences that can be issued in W.A.  Each type of licence grants you permission to own and operate particular firearms under strick laws. You can view the categories of firearms used in Western Australia.

     

     

     Original Firearms Licence Application:

    If you have never held a Firearms Licence previously, you will be applying for a ‘first time issue’ (Original) Firearms Licence. Categories A and B firearms can be submitted on one application. Categories C, H and E firearms applications are required to be submitted separately. Each application will incur a separate fee.

     

    Proof of Identity:

    With your printed copy of the Summary Document and the printed list of documents attend at a suitable Australia Post Outlet. You will need to supply supporting identification documents that have a value of at least 100 points. Download a copy of the documents that will assist you to reach 100 point proof of identification. You will also need to supply a suitable Passport sized photo. If you don't have a suitable photo, Australia Post can supply a photo service for this purpose. To lodge your application summary you must personally attend at a nominated Australia Post outletTo find your nearest Australia Post outlet that processes Firearms Licence Applications you can ring 131318.

     

    Remember to take along Supporting documentation. The term “Supporting documentation” may include the following:

    • Property Letter/Primary Producer Advice
    • Club Support Letter
    • Occupational Requirement Disclosure
    • Identification Exemption Certificate
    • Proof of Property Ownership
    • Certificate of Incorporation
    • Certificate of Registered Business Name

     

    Supporting Documentation: "Genuine Need" to obtain a Firearms Permit or Licence.

    When you apply for a firearms licence you will be required to provide proof of your "genuine reason" and "genuine need" to have a firearm permit or licence.The onus is on you to provide supporting documentation with your firearms application that supports your reasoning.

    We have provided our readers with an invaluable source of information on WA test cases that explain in fine detail what is and what is not a genuine reason to be given a firearms licence. What constitutes a fit and proper personand what constitues a genuine reason in the eyes of the courts Used Guns Mart - WA Firearms Licensing Appleals.

    The term genuine reason under Section 11A of the Firearms Act sets out what is accepted at a legislative level as to who or what is deemed to be considered to be a genuine reason. A person has a genuine reason for acquiring or possessing a firearm or ammunition only if:

     

    • It is for use by the person as a member of an approved shooting club and the person is an active and financial member of the club.
    • It is for use by the person as a member of an approved organisation.
    • It is for use in hunting or shooting of a recreational nature on land where the owner has specifically given permission for that purpose.
    • It is required by the person in the course of the person’s occupation.
    • It is to form of a genuine firearm collection or genuine ammunition collection.

     

    Firearms Serviceability Certificate:Firearms Serviceability Certificate WA

    Download a copy of the Guidelines Explanation Notes

     

    A Firearm Serviceability Certificate is required for each firearm subject of an application, to ensure compliance with Sections 12 and 18(5) of the Firearms Act 1973 and Regulation 24 of the Firearms Regulations.

    Certificates must be issued by participating Clubs/Associations or licensed firearm Dealers, Repairers or Manufacturers. 

    Each certificate must be completed in its entirety and have a sequential number recorded in the space provided.

    Acceptance of Certificates Serviceability Certificates will only be accepted by Australia Post if they are dated no more than three (3) months from the date of inspection. If for example this date expires or the applicant is unsuccessful, a new certificate is to be issued, inclusive of a new identifying number.

     It is preferrable to have the form completed and printed rather than completing the form by hand. Mistakes due to poor hand writing will delay your licence approval. 


    Property Letter:

    To satisfy the requirement to have a genuine need that is based on hunting or recreational shooting on private property, you will need to submit a signed  ( To save use Right Click + Save As) which give you permission to shoot on the particular property. The location and size of the property is necessary to judge the suitability of the property for shooting.

     

    Medical History:

    To obtain a gun licence you must declare your applicable medical history. You must declare anything that my affect the Police Commissioners decision to give you a firearms licence. Medical history and medications that may affect your ability to safely use & operate firearms. Your mental and psychological history must be disclosed if you suffer from depression, schizophrenia, psychotic episodes or suffered a head injuries that has affected your mood, temperament or a tendency towards, violent behaviour. A person must have a physical ability & mental faculties to operate a firearm safely. Example Grand Mal or Petite Mal Seizures.

     

    Criminal History:

    You must be a "fit and proper person" under the law to obtain a permit or licence under the Firearms Act & Regulations. You may well be denied a firearms licence if you have a criminal record. There may be some exceptions to this rule, depending on the nature and age of your conviction. You are required to disclose any domestic violence incidents especially if you have been the subject of a violence restraining order. ( You may need to seek legal advice before completing your application.)

     

    Firearms Safety Awareness Certificate:

    Firearms Safety Awareness Certificate

     

    If your application is for a first time issue (original) Firearm Licence, you must complete a firearm safety awareness test. You must obtain a "Firearms Safety Awareness Certificate" to prove that you are capable of operating a firearm safely. . The test is designed to ensure you understand the basic requirements for the safe handling of firearms and is conducted through approved Clubs/Association and Firearms Dealers.

    The Original Firearm Application once submitted is subject to a 28 day cooling off period, during which the application does not progress. This "mandatory 28 day cooling off period is your first hurdle in the licensing process. Failure to advise Licencing Services Firearms of your intentions to continue with your application within a further 28 days will result in your application deemed lapsed and it may be declined.

    Before the 28 day waiting period expires, Licensing Services Firearms will mail you a letter requesting that you confirm your intention to proceed with your application and to fit an approved gun safe to store your firearm.

     

    Guidelines to Obtaining a Firearm Awareness Certificate

    The test consists of 20  multiple choice questions. You are required to get 100% correct to Pass. If you fail you need to re-sit the test. Don't expect to pass the first time.  you will be given no more than three opportunities to complete the assessment to pass. If you fail to pass the test on three occasions Licensing Services will be notified. Remember to include your Firearms Awareness Certificate with you licence Application Summary when you go to the Australia Post outlet. 

     

    Study Information

    BeatonFirearms has an excellent study page that highlights the more opaque questions in the current Firearms Awareness Test. (2019).

    TRY THE SAMPLE TEST QUESTIONS - Try 1 of 8 sample tests - 250 questions available here.

     

    Gun Safes & Firearms Cabinets:

    Gun Safe Installation

    You will need to provide a Statutory Declaration and photographs to confirm that you have installed a gun safe that complies with design, construction and installation laws. (see Schedule 4 of the Firearms Regulations - Guns Safes 1974)  

     

    Download a copy of the Statutory Declaration for Your Application 

     

    The applicant will receive notification by mail, that your gun licence has been acceptance or refused. For a first time (original) Firearms Licence application, this written notification will also include a request for you to attend at an Australia Post office ( which has a “Photo Point”) to have your photograph taken for an Extract of Licence card. This card will be mailed to you at a later stage. If your Original Firearms Licence Application is refused, you will be forwarded a partial refund of the original payment and receive documentation detailing the reasons for this decision. What they don't tell you is that some of these decisions are subject to a review process which you may take to the State Administration Tribunal if you feel unjustly denied a firearms licence, type or calibre of firearm.  See Western Australian Firearms Laws & Decisions.

     

    What are the specifications for a gun safe in Western Australia?  The specification are described in Schedule 4 of the Firearms Regulations 1994. Take a Look!

     

    The Firearms in the Application Process

    When you apply for a firearms licence, you must have a particular firearm selected for the application.The serial number, make, model and type of firearm are details required in the formal application. The Firearm that you are applying to licence in your name must have been inspected and a Serviceability Certificate must have been issued by a qualified person such as a firearms dealer, manufacturer, firearm repairer, gun club or association. The firearm Serviceability Certificate is required to prove that the firearm is safe and serviceable.

     

    Can I Purchase a Firearm without a firearms licence?

    Yes you can.  Download this "Private Purchase Firearm/s" Form (LSF10) (Right Click Save As) and apply for permission to purchase privately. You can purchase a firearm privately or through a gun shop or gun dealer Australia wide, and have the firearm sent to a receiving gun club, gun shop or police station in you location. You must first organise a receiving firearms dealer with a suitable storage facility.  Seek permission to have your purchased firearm received by the firearms dealer, gun shop or gun club. Firearms Dealers and gun shops will usually charge you for safe keeping of your firearms. Your gun club or association may also assist you with storage until your licence is approved.  Once your licence is approved, you can pickup your firearm and take it home.

    Don't purchase a firearm in a another state and expect it to be legal to licence in Western Australia.This can be a firearm bought and paid for that is held by a licenced Firearms Dealer or Gun Shop. 

     

    Start Your Online Firearms Licence Application

    Have your read the check list? Do you have all the documents that you will need for the application?

    The Application for a Firearms Licence is to be completed online at the Firearms Application Online Portal. Select - "Application Form" Remember to print the application for lodgement with your supporting documents at an Australia Post Office that supports the processing of Firearms Licences.

    Note: When you complete and print your application form you will only be provided with a two page document that consists of an Application Summary and a list of supporting documents required to be lodged at the Post Office.  During the online application process, your detail will be electronically recorded. The summary document will not show much of this detailed information. Australia Post staff will have access to parts of your application information when the barcode on your application summary is scanned at the Post Office outlet. Your application form will be electronically processed and sent through to Firearms Licensing Services.

     

    IMPORTANT NOTES

    • Do no take firearms to the Australia Post outlet.
    • Do not take photographs of your storage cabinet to the Australia Post outlet
    • You can apply for multiple firearms on the one application form (depending on the type or firearms). Licensing multiple firearms in this way can save on administration fees.
    • You can use the Public Portal to check on the progress of your Firearms Licence Application -Enter the Portal
    • You can check on your Firearms Licence expiry date through the Public Portal Also.Enter the Portal

     

    CONTACT POLICE LICENSING SERVICES

    Website: www.police.wa.gov.au

    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Postal Address: Locked Bag 9, East Perth WA 6892

    Firearms Support Telephone: 1300 171 011

    Fax: (08) 9454 1522

     

    Information Downloads

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    Before you begin (PDF, 406kb)
    Application process brochure (PDF, 325kb)
    Application checklist (Word, 36kb)
    Ability to apply for a number of firearms (Word, 23kb)

     

     

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  • The Definitive Guide to Gun Safe Specifications for WA

     

    Gun Safe Specifications (Schedule 4 of the Firearms Regulations 1974.)

     

     

    1. Construction

    Specifications for storage cabinets or containersgun safe

      1. The cabinet or container is to be constructed of mild steel that is 2 mm thick.
      2. A joint between 2 faces that is butt welded is to have a continuous weld along the full length of the joint.
      3. A joint where the edge of one face is folded over the edge of another face is to be stitch welded, with welds of at least 20 mm in length at intervals of not more than 100 mm between welds.
      4. Spot welding is not to be used on the joints between faces.
      5. The cabinet or container is to be so designed that no firearm or ammunition within it can be removed from it while it is locked.
      6. In this clause - 'face' means a side, the top, or the bottom, of the cabinet or container.

     

    2. Doors

      1. Doors are to be recessed into the surrounding frame with margins of not more than 4 mm.
      2. Each edge of the door and door frame is to be internally supported and have a return of at least 10 mm.
      3. The cabinet or container is to have an internal stop of at least 10 mm against which each edge of the door, other than the hinged edge, closes.
      4. The supports and stops required by subclauses (2) and (3) are to be welded at the corners.

     

    3. Hinging Mechanisms

      1. Hinge protection is to be provided in such a way that, if the hinges are removed, the door of the cabinet or container remains in place and locked.
      2. If the hinged edge of the door is not longer than 1 metre, 2 hinges are required on it, and if it is longer than 1 metre, an additional hinge is required for each additional 500 mm or part thereof.
      3. If 2 hinges are required, the distance between them is to be not less than one-third of the length of the hinged edge.
      4. If more than 2 hinges are required the distance between adjacent hinges is to be the same and that is also to be the distance from each of the outermost hinges to the nearest end of the hinged edge.
      5. If a spindle is used instead of hinges, it is to extend the full length of the hinged edge of the door and is to be attached to the door by welds the number and placement of which comply with the requirements of subclauses (2), (3), and (4) for the number and placement of hinges.
      6. If, instead of using hinges, the door swings on a spindle or on pivots not extending the full length of the hinged edge of the door, the cabinet or container is to incorporate a return protecting the hinged edge, along its full length, against the use of a jemmy.

     

    4. Locks and Locking Points

      1. If the swinging edge of the door is not longer than 500 mm, one lock is required with a locking point half way along that edge.
      2. If the swinging edge is longer than 500 mm but not longer than 1.5 metres —

    a) 2 locks are required each with a separate locking point along the swinging edge; and
    b) the distance between the 2 locking points is to be not less than one-third of the length of the swinging edge.

    If the swinging edge is longer than 1.5 metres —

    a) for each additional 500 mm or part thereof there is to be an additional lock with a separate locking point along the swinging edge; and
    b) the distance between adjacent locking points is to be the same and that is also to be the distance from each of the outermost locking points to the nearest end of the swinging edge.

      1. It is sufficient compliance with subclause (2) if, when the swinging edge is longer than 500 mm but not longer than 1.5 metres, there is one lock with at least 3 separate locking points.
      2. Each lock is to have a 5 pin mechanism that deadlocks the bolt in the locked position until it is properly unlocked.
      3. If the locking bolt is designed to be released by a handle or lever, the design is to be such that, if the handle or lever is forcibly removed while the door is locked, the bolt remains in the locked position.
      4. The cabinet or container is to be fitted with a protective structure to guard against the forcible removal of any lock.
      5. In this clause —

    "locking point" means the point at which the bolt locks the door to the cabinet or container, preventing the door from opening;
    "swinging edge" means the edge of the door opposite the hinged edge.

     

    5. Anchoring

      1. The cabinet or container is to be securely anchored from the inside at 2 points on each of 2 separate surfaces to 2 immovable structural surfaces by means of 8 mm x 75 mm masonry fixing bolts or coach screws, as is appropriate.
      2. At each anchor point the cabinet or container is to be reinforced with a 40 mm x 40 mm x 2 mm metal plate, or a 40 mm x 2 mm metal washer, fitted between the surface of the cabinet or container and the head of the bolt or coach screw.

     

    6. Statutory Declaration

    Under the Firearms Regulations 1974 11A (1),

    "a person entitled to possess firearms or ammunition of any kind is to ensure that the firearms or ammunition are stored in accordance with this regulation".

    In compliance with this regulation, a Firearms Licence applicant is required to submit a statement detailing their proposed storage facilities to the WA Police Force.

    This statement, (Statutory Declaration Form 22) will form as part of the Firearms Licence application process and the declaration is to be provided on request prior to finalisation of the licence assessment. (See 11A and 11C of the Firearms Regulations 1974).

    Failure to comply would result in refusal and/or revocation of Firearms Licences.

    It should be noted that the declaration is to include supporting evidence that adequate and safe storage had been installed i.e. receipt from installer and/or photograph of the cabinet in situ with anchoring and/or fixing points.

     

    Tips to remember when considering storage facilities:

      1. Be mindful of the location for firearm/ammunition cabinets! Do not place them at obvious locations where it is easily identified. A garage IS NOT a recommended location!
      2. Be mindful of anchoring and fixing bolts when installing firearm storages or containers.
      3. Consider installing a security alarm to cover the cabinet/storage/container location.

     

    Download - The Statutory Declaration Form 22

     

     

    Using Commercial Gun Safes for Firearms Storeage

     

    Can I apply to use a commercial safe as a gun safe?commercial safe

    Yes you can!  Commercial safes can offer excellent protection for your handguns and are far better protection against theft, but not all safes are constructed the same on the inside. Most safes look strong and secure, but many safes offer very little protection to determined thieves. We suggest purchasing a secondhand TDR & E safe for your pistol gun safe. (T - Torch Resistant, D R - Drill Resistant, E - Explosive Resistant.) You can purchase a good quality secondhand commercial safe for about $1000 to $1500.

     

    What are the advantages of using a commercial safe as a gun safe?

    1) Commercial Safes offer far superior protection against theft.

    2) Most quality commercial TDR safes weigh well over 250kg empty. When a gun safe weighs over 250kg (Empty) you do not need to bolt the safe to the floor or walls of your dwelling. This can save the cost of repairing walls and floors after the safe is removed.

    3) TDR safes usually have a key & combination lock security. If the thieves find the key, they still can't gain access to your handguns.

     

    What are the disadvantages of using a commercial safe as a gun safe?

    1) The weight of commercial safes can make handling and moving difficult, requiring special equipment or trucks.

    2) Commercial safes (even secondhand) are more expensive than thin walled gun safes.

    3) You will need to provide manufacturers documentation as evidence describing the construction of your safe. Accessing this type of information shouldn't be a problem with Chubb or CMI safes. Get the supporting documentation before you  buy!

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch directly on 1300 171 011.

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  • Top 6 x Firearms Licensing Categories Used in Western Australia

     

    Each firearm described in the Table is a category A firearm.

     

    Sub‑category

    Description

    A1

    an air rifle

    A2.1

    a single shot rim fire rifle

    A2.2

    a repeating rim fire rifle

    A3.1

    a single shot shotgun

    A3.2

    a shotgun with 2 or more barrels

    A3.3

    a repeating shotgun (bolt action)

    A4.1

    a combination firearm made up of a shotgun and a rifle each of which would individually be of category A

    A4.2

    a rifle combination made up of rifles each of which would individually be of category A

         

    2 .         Category B Firearms

     

    Each firearm described in the Table is a category B firearm.



    Sub‑category

    Description

    B1

    a muzzle loading firearm (except a handgun)

    B2.1

    a single shot centre fire rifle

    B2.2

    a double barrel centre fire rifle

    B2.3

    a repeating centre fire rifle

    B2.4

    a repeating shotgun (lever action) with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds

    B3.1

    a combination firearm, not of category C or D, made up of a shotgun and a rifle at least one of which would individually be of category B

    B3.2

    a rifle combination, not of category C or D, made up of rifles at least one of which would individually be of category B

          

            Genuine need test for category B

                    To satisfy the genuine need test for category B the applicant must satisfy the Commissioner that a firearm of category A would be inadequate or unsuitable for the purpose for which the firearm is required.

     

    4 .         Category C Firearms

     

    Each firearm described in the Table is a category C firearm.

     

    Sub‑category

    Description

    C1

    a self loading rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity no more than 10 rounds

    C2

    a self loading shotgun with a magazine capacity no more than 5 rounds

    C3

    a pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity no more than 5 rounds

    C4.1

    a combination firearm, not of category D, made up of a shotgun and a rifle at least one of which would individually be of category C

    C4.2

    a rifle combination, not of category D, made up of rifles at least one of which would individually be of category C

         

           Genuine need test for category C

                    To satisfy the genuine need test for category C the applicant must satisfy the Commissioner that a firearm of category A or B would be inadequate or unsuitable for the purpose for which the firearm is required.

     

             Restrictions for category C

            (1)         An approval or permit can be granted or a licence can be issued for a firearm of category C only if —

                        (a)         it is for a shotgun and is granted or issued to a person who —

                                      (i)         is described in section 11A(2)(a) of the Act; and

                                      (ii)         requires the firearm for use as described in that provision for the purpose of training for, and participating in, an approved national or international shooting discipline;

                            or                

                        (b)         it is for a rifle or shotgun, and is granted or issued to a person who —

                                      (i)         is a primary producer or an approved nominee of a primary producer; and

                                      (ii)         requires the rifle or shotgun for the purpose of destroying vermin or stock as described in section 8(1)(i)(i) of the Act;

                            or

                        (c)         it is for a rifle or shotgun, and is granted or issued to a person who requires the rifle or shotgun for the purpose of destroying vermin or stock in the person’s capacity as a professional shooter; or

                        (d)         it is granted or issued for the purposes of a firearm of that category forming part of a genuine firearm collection; or

                        (e)         it is granted or issued for Commonwealth or State government purposes.

            (2)         An approval or permit can be granted or a licence can be issued in accordance with paragraph (b) of item (1) to a person who would, as a result, be authorised to use a rifle or shotgun of category C on land on which another person, as the holder of a licence, permit, or approval given in accordance with that paragraph, is already authorised to use a rifle or shotgun of that category only if the Commissioner considers it appropriate having regard to the size of the land and any other relevant factor.

     

    7 .         Category D Firearms

     

    Each firearm described in the Table is a category D firearm.

     

    Sub‑category

    Description

    D1

    a self loading centre fire rifle designed or adapted for military purposes or a firearm that substantially duplicates such a firearm in design, function, or appearance

    D2

    a self loading centre fire rifle that is not of sub‑category D1

    D3

    a self loading shotgun with a magazine capacity more than 5 rounds

    D4

    a pump action shotgun with a magazine capacity more than 5 rounds

    D5

    a self loading rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity more than 10 rounds

    D5.1

    a repeating shotgun (lever action) with a magazine capacity more than 5 rounds

    D6.1

    a combination firearm made up of a shotgun and a rifle at least one of which would individually be of category D

    D6.2

    a rifle combination made up of rifles at least one of which would individually be of category D

       

             Genuine need test for category D

                    To satisfy the genuine need test for category D the applicant must satisfy the Commissioner that the firearm is required for Commonwealth or State government purposes.

        

    9 .         Category E Firearms

                   

    Each firearm described in the Table is a category E firearm.

    Sub‑category

    Description

    E1

    a cannon

    E3

    a line thrower

    E4

    a tranquilliser

    E5

    a paintball gun

    E6

    any firearm that is not of sub‑category E1, E2, E3, E4, or E5, or category A, B, C, D, or H

      

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  • What are the Weapons Firearms Licence Fees in Queensland?

     

     EXAMPLE

    For new applications, you will need to add the application fee + the number of years your licence is issued for, e.g. new application for a firearms licence for 5 years will be $107.15 + ($35.40 x 5 years) = $284.15. For renewal of a licence you will not need to pay the application fee, only the fees for the number of years the licence is to be issued.

     

    Schedule of Fees as of 1 July 2019

    Schedule 1 Fees Section 74(1) Weapons Regulation 2016Fee
    Application fee for a licence (Act, section 13(1)(c)(i))$107.15
    Licence fee, or fee for renewal of licence (Act, s 18(2)(c)),for each year of the licence— 

    (a) armourer’s licence

    $102.55
    (b) blank-fire firearms licence $16.25
    (c) collector’s licence (heirloom)$16.25
    (d) collector’s licence (weapons)$16.25
    (e) concealable firearms licence— 
        (i) for an approved pistol club member$24.55
        (ii) for anyone else$61.50
    (f) dealer’s licence— 

        (i) for a licence endorsed with only category A, B or M weapons

    $205.95
        (ii) for a licence endorsed with only category C, D, E, H or R weapons$205.95
        (iii) for any other licence$411.55
    (g) firearms licence$35.40
    (h) firearms licence (instructor)$61.50
    (i) minor’s licence$16.25
    (j) security licence (guard)$32.40
    (k) security licence (organisation)$411.55
    (l) theatrical ordnance supplier’s licence$411.55
    (m) miscellaneous weapons licence$15.45
    Fee for visitor's licence (s 77)$51.40
    Application fee for approval to transfer a transferable licence (Act, s 21)$205.95

    Application fee for a replacement licence (Act, s 23(2)(b)) 

    $40.85
    Application fee for a permit to acquire (Act, s 40(1)(c)(i))$40.50
    Application fee for approval to conduct an arms fair (Act, s 80(1)(d)(i))  $205.95
    Application fee for a shooting club permit, for each year of the permit (Act, s 86(3)(c))$61.50
    Application fee for an amendment of conditions applying to a shooting club permit (Act, s 94(1)(a))$40.85
    Application fee for approval of a range for weapons target shooting (Act, s 99(2)(c))$308.60
    Application fee for an amendment of conditions applying to an approval of a range for weapons target shooting (Act, s 104(1)(a))— 
    (a) for an amendment that allows alteration of the actual firing range, or butts of the firing line, in a material way$308.60
    (b) for any other amendment$40.85
    Application fee for approval to conduct a shooting gallery, for each year of the approval (Act, s 111) $308.60
    Application fee for a decision by an authorised officer relating to the way of transporting particular weapons (s 60(2))$102.55
    Application fee for a commissioner's exemption other than an exemption under part 26, division 3 (s 150(2)(a))$81.90
     

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  • What other Firearms Licences can I apply for in Western Australia?

      

    Original Firearms Licence

    If you have never held a Firearms Licence previously, you will be applying for a ‘first time issue’ (Original) Firearms Licence.. Categories A and B can be submitted on one application. Categories C, H and E applications are required to be submitted separately. Each application will incur a separate fee. Storage: "A person entitled to possess firearms or ammunition of any kind is to ensure that the firearms or ammunition are stored in accordance with this regulation. Firearms and ammunition are to be stored in a locked cabinet or container that at least meets the specifications described in Schedule 4 or in such other way as is approved". That part of the regulation that refers to "in such other way as is approved" relates to specific situations where circumstances dictate that another form of security, in the opinion of the Commissioner’s delegated officer at the Licensing Enforcement Division, satisfies the criteria by providing secure storage. Reference is also made to specific matters related to keys left in the cabinet, ammunition storage and method of fixing the cabinet or container to two immovable surfaces. It is a requirement that an applicant for the issue of a licence or permit provide supporting advice (refer to Statutory Declaration at the end of this document).

     

    Co-user application

    If you have not previously held a Firearms Licence, you will have to make an application for an Original Firearms Licence.

    Legislation requires that for you to have access to any firearms you must be licensed for them; therefore if you wish to use someone else's firearms but do not want to own them then you will need to make an application as per the above (original or additional) and select where requested that you are applying to co-licence the firearms with the current licencee. The application process is the same as if you were applying to possess a firearm.

      

    Firearm Collector's Licence - Firearm

    A Firearm Collector's Licence allows the holder to possess, but not carry or use any firearm named and identified in the licence. You must complete an application form online by going to the application form. You will need to show the firearm has significant commemorative, historical, thematic or heirloom value. If you have not previously held a Collector's Licence for Firearms, then the first application is treated as an original, regardless if you already hold another firearms licence (or Collector's Licence – Ammunition); therefore the application is subject to a 28 day cooling off period. Storage: The requirements for storage are generic and apply equally for firearms held on a Collector's Licence. As collectors cannot possess ammunition, the storage of ammunition separately is not relevant.

     

    Firearm Collector's Licence - Ammunition

    An Ammunition Collectors Licence allows the holder to possess and carry ammunition however the ammunition can not be used.

    In some cases the quantities of ammunition may be specified.

    You need to be a person of good character and have a genuine reason and need to collect ammunition.

    If you have not previously held a Collector's Licence for Ammunition, then the first application is treated as an original, regardless if you already hold another type of firearms licence.

     

    Corporate Firearms Licence

    A Corporate Firearms Licence is issued to any business involving club or occupational use of firearms – (Corporate, 'Trading As' or Shooting club – usually with a number of employees (nominated persons)/club members).

     

    Firearm Dealer's Licence

    A Firearm Dealer's Licence is issued to a business which is involved in the sale of firearms and/or ammunition – (corporate or 'trading as' – usually with a number of employees/nominated persons).

     

    Firearm Manufacturer's Licence

    A Firearm Manufacturer's Licence is issued to the individual for the manufacture or modification of firearms and/or the manufacture of ammunition.

     

    Firearm Repairer's Licence

    A Firearm Repairer's Licence is issued to a qualified person who is involved in the repair of firearms (whether as a business or as an individual).

     

    Shooting Gallery Licence

    A Shooting Gallery Licence entitles the holder to conduct a shooting gallery in accordance with the regulations at the premises and events specified in that licence. A Firearms Licence entitles the holder to possess, carry, and lawfully use the firearm/s named and identified in that licence, and ammunition for that firearm. An approval is determined by the category or type of firearm applied for, and the reason for which it is required.

    To determine the category of firearm you wish to licence, you can access the Firearms Licences and categories page.

     

    Storage for Firearm Dealer's, Repairer's & Manufacturer's Licence

    "The holder of a Dealer's Licence, a Repairer's Licence, or a Manufacturer's Licence shall keep all firearms and ammunition in a strongroom or otherwise in safe keeping, securely fastened during any period when the premises are not open for trade". The method described as being "securely fastened" is not defined, however it is accepted that a wire cable locked at either end would meet the criteria. Some dealers employ other methods and each is treated on its merits. The same would apply to large quantities of ammunition where it is impracticable to continually move it from display counters and the like. Construction materials used in the dealership should also be considered in addition to security systems, security mesh and bars.

     

    This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require case specific information please contact Police Firearms Licensing Branch directly on 1300 171 011.

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