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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.

     

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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 3)

     

    What is a "Genuine Reason" to Own a Weapon / Firearm?

    To be issued a Queensland Weapons Act licence, you are required to have a genuine reason for the licence.  You may even have more than 1 genuine reason, which is ok.  Provided you satisfy the requirements, we can endorse a licence for multiple genuine reasons

    Once you've decided what weapon categories you'd like, what type of licence is right for you, and your genuine reason, proceed to the Apply section of the site to determine what you are required to provide. 

    Below are the primary genuine reasons to obtain a licence in Queensland. 

     

    Recreational 

    Recreation shooting is one of the most common reasons for applying for a licence in Queensland.  A recreational licence will enable you to use your firearms on rural lands provided you have a the consent of the owner, or are a member of a hunting body. This can include using firearms on your own property where you don't meet the requirements for primary production, e.g. euthanising stock, or culling feral animals. 

    Permitted licence types:
    • Firearms licence
    • Miscellaneous weapons licence.

     

    Sport or target shooting

    Following recreational shooting, participating in target shooting with your own firearms is another genuine reason to hold a firearms licence. 

    Permitted licence types:
    • Concealable firearms licence
    • Firearms licence
    • Firearms licence (group)
    • Minor's licence
    • Miscellaneous weapons licence

     

    Primary Production 

    You are considered a primary producer if you are primarily engaged in an the occupation of-

    • dairy farmer 
    • wheat, maize, or cereal grower
    • cane grower
    • fruit grower
    • grazier
    • farmer, whether engaged in general or mixed farming, cotton, potato, or vegetable growing, or poultry or pig raising, or
    • in some instances, if you hold a commercial fishers licence issued under the Fisheries Act 1994.

    If you are not primarily engaged in one of these occupations,  if you have a 'hobby' farm, or if you aren't raising stock or growing crops commercially, it is unlikely that your genuine reason is for primary production.  

    A recreational genuine reason may be better suited to your needs.

    Permitted licence types:
    • Firearms licence 
    • Concealable firearms licence
    • Minor's licence

     

    Occupational requirement (including for rural purposes)

    If you have an occupation that requires you to possess or use firearms, this is the genuine reason for you.  Almost all licences are able to be used for a specific occupational purpose. Depending on your occupation, you will be required to provide specific information at the time of applying for a licence. 

    Permitted licence types:
    • Concealable firearms licence
    • Minor's licence
    • Security licence (guard) - employee
    • Security licence (guard) - sole provider
    • Security licence (guard) - business
    • Firearms licence
    • Firearms licence (instructor)
    • Armourer's licence
    • Dealer's licence
    • Firearms licence (group)
    • Security licence (organisation)
    • Collector's licence (weapons)

     

    Collection, preservation or study of weapons

    This genuine reason allows people to collect temporarily or permanently inoperable firearms for the purpose of collection or display in certain circumstances.  Depending on the categories of weapons you wish to collect, you will be required to provide specific information at the time of application. 

    Permitted licence types:
    • Collector's licence (weapons)

     

    Military or medieval re-enactment or historical demonstration

    If you have a keen interest in re-enactment, and are a member of an approved re-enactment society, this may satisfy your genuine reason to hold a licence.  

    Permitted licence types:
    • Miscellaneous weapons licence
    • Firearms licence
    • Collector's licence (weapons)

     

    Sporting organisation firearm to start sporting events

    If you are required to operate a starting pistol for sporting events, this will be your genuine reason. 

    Permitted licence types:

    • Blank-fire firearms licence.

     

    Theatrical organisation firearm for a theatrical production

    If you need to use weapons or supply weapons to movies, television shows or even theatre productions, this would qualify for your genuine reason. 

    Permitted licence types:

    • Blank-fire firearms licence
    • Theatrical ordnance supplier's licence.

     

    Paint-pellet sports

    Lastly, if you're an employee or a participant in paintball sports with your own weapon, this would be your genuine reason. 

    Permitted licence types:
    • Firearms licence

     

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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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  • 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

     

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    Ability to apply for a number of firearms (Word, 23kb)

     

     

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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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