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  • 8 x Types of Firearm Category in Western Australia Gun Licences

     

    Most firearms fall into one of eight different types. Some background information may be helpful in understanding the way firearms are categorised in Western Australia.

     

     Typical Air Pistol      Pneumatic Firearms

    Air rifles and Air Pistols fall into the category of air powered guns. Mostly air powered guns have small calibres that range from .177 to .22 and even go as large as 50calibre. These air powered gun operate from an internal air ram or from an air cyclinder. These firearms are usually single shot and are reloaded after each shot. Some air powered guns come with a magazine.

    This is a break open firearm    Break Open FirearmsBreak open firearms have a single or dual barrel and can come in many forms such as handguns, rifles and shotguns. Once again these firearms come in a variety of calibres and cartridge types. Example A double barrel shotgun. These gun have a catch that keeps the breach closed, but when moved, allows the breach to open and the cartridge to be removed. This type of gun is usually a single shot per barrel weapon.
    Single Shot Rifle - Falling Block Single Shot RiflesSingle shot rifles do not have a magazine. Falling Block, Bolt action or lever action single shot rifles are manually loaded through the ejection port and into the chamber. 
    Bolt Action Rifle  Bolt Action FirearmsBolt action firearms are usually a repeating rifle or single shot in almost every conceivable calibre and can include some shotguns. They may have a fixed or removable box magazine, hinged floor or tubular magazine under the barrel or in the butt of the firearm. These firearms can be easily identified by a turned bolt, with the bolt handle usually on the right-hand side of the action. The bolt is raised and drawn to the rear to open the action. Safety catches are normally found at the rear of the action behind the bolt handle or near the trigger guard.
     Marlin lever action rifle  Lever Action FirearmsLever action firearms are usually manually operated repeating rifles and can be identified by the cocking lever under the action of the firearm. They usually have a tubular magazine under the barrel or movable box magazine. They are available in a variety of calibres.Downwards movement on the lever opens the action. Most of the western style rifles will not be fitted with a safety however the newer models have been fitted with a push button safety just in front of the hammer.
    pump action rifle 200 Pump Action Firearms

    Pump action firearms are common in shotguns of various gauges but can also include rifles in rim fire and centre fire calibres.They can be identified by a sliding fore end that is drawn to the rear to open the action. They can be fitted with a tubular magazine under the barrel or a box magazine. Most have a safety catch located near the trigger guard.

     semi automatic pistol Self Loading FirearmsSelf loading firearms are available in a large variety of rifle calibres and in shotgun gauges. They are usually identifiable by a small cocking handle which usually protrudes to the right-hand side of the breech bolt. They may be fitted with box or tubular magazines and can vary greatly in ammunition capacity. Self loading firearms are also referred to as semi automatic firearms as each press of the trigger cycles the action automatically. These firearms will operate in one of the following manners: blowback, gas operated or recoil operated.
    Fully Automatic Rifle Fully AutomaticMost fully automatic weapons take the form of general purpose machine guns fed from either a cloth or disintegrating link belt, or sub machine guns of varying size and styles. They usually have a large capacity box or drum magazine. Most have a select fire switch to allow either semi automatic or full automatic fire. Some military rifles have selective fire capacity.

     

     

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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



           

     

  • 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)

     

     

    Firearms Forms

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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 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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