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How to Get a Gun Licence in New South Wales

 

 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 Contact Form or Phone 13 77 88

 

Who can apply for a firearms licence?

You must be a resident of NSW and:

 

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Be a fit and proper person to have access to firearms
  • Have successfully completed a firearms course applicable to the type of firearm licence you're applying for
  • Be able to justify your genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.
 
When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms. The protection of yourself or another person is not considered a genuine reason. 
 
 
Your Genuine reasons determines the category of licence issued and the type of firearm you’re authorised to possess and use. We will discuss Genuine reasons in more detail.
 
 

Who can apply for a firearms licence in New South Wales?

You must be a resident of NSW and:

 

  • at least 18 years of age
  • be a fit and proper person to have access to firearms
  • have successfully completed a firearms course applicable to the type of firearm licence you're applying for
  • be able to justify your genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm.

 

When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms.

The protection of yourself or another person is not considered a genuine reason.

 

Genuine reasons determine:

  • the category of licence issued
  • the type of firearm you’re authorised to possess and use.

 

You can have more than one genuine reason on your firearms licence.

Firearms licences are issued for 2 or 5 years with the exception of:

 

  • First time applicants for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of:
    • target shooting, who will be subject to a probationary pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
    • business or employment as an armed security guard, who will be subject to a provisional pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months. Note: If you're applying for a genuine reason or category other than the above, you may need to be issued with a separate licence.
  • Primary producers engaged in an authorised eradication campaign who may be eligible for a 12-month category D licence.

 


A fee is attached to a licence application, however you may be eligible for a fee exemption.

 

 What is a genuine reason to own a firearm?

 

 

Answer:

Sport / Target Shooting Genuine Reason

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to participate in Sport/Target Shooting activities as a current member of an approved Target Shooting Club.

Note: The Club must be authorised for target shooting and approved for conducting competitions or activities for the type of firearm authorised by the category of licence for which you are making application. For example, if your club is approved for AB target shooting activities only, then membership of this club would support an application for a category A & B firearms licence application only.

 

For further information refer to:

 

Answer:
Recreational Hunting / Vermin Control Genuine Reason

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to participate in recreational hunting/vermin control (RHVC) activities as:

 

  1. A current member of an approved club, or
  2. The owner/occupier of rural land, or
  3. A person who has permission to shoot from an owner/occupier of rural land, or
  4. A person who has permission to shoot from a prescribed government agency, including the Department of Primary Industries.

 

For further information refer to:

 

Answer:

Primary Production Genuine Reason

 

This genuine reason authorises a primary producer to possess and use a firearm in connection with farming & grazing activities.

 

The authority of the licence is ONLY for land that the applicant owns, manages or leases for the business of primary production, except in the case of a category C licence issued to a primary producer. In this case the primary producer may possess and use a firearm to which a category C licence applies on land which is used for primary production that immediately adjoins their own land provided they have the prior written permission of the owner or occupier of that adjoining land.

 

An Employee Authority authorising possession and use of a Category C type firearm registered to a primary producer is available for a person employed by a primary producer. To apply, see the link below.

 

For further information refer to:

Answer:

This genuine reason applies to a person who wishes to use firearms for the control or suppression of vertebrate pest animals as:

 

  • A professional contract shooter engaged or employed to control vertebrate pest animals on rural land, or
  • An authorised officer or employee of a prescribed Government Agency, or
  • A Primary Producer taking part in an Authorised Eradication Campaign run by or on behalf of a government agency or public authority to eradicate large feral animals or animals that are affected by brucellosis or tuberculosis.

 

For further information refer to:

Answer:
Business or Employment - Security Industry - Business or Security Guard

For information in relation to a firearms licence for the genuine reason of Business or Employment for a Security Business or for a Security guard, please refer to our Security Industry Firearms page:

 

 

Business or Employment - Commercial Fishing

This genuine reason applies to a person who owns and operates a commercial fishing business or to a person employed in the fishing industry. Proof of employment as a commercial fisherman will need to accompany this application.

 

For further information refer to:

 

Business or Employment - Business Other

This genuine reason form applies to a person who is in Business or Employment other than the Security Industry or Commercial Fishing. An example of this type of licence is a licence issued to a Council for the purpose of eradication of wild dogs etc.

 

For further information refer to:

 

Answer:
Occupational requirements relating to rural purposes - Rural Occupation

This genuine reason form applies to a person who is employed or engaged in a Rural Occupation.

 

This genuine reason could apply to an employee of a primary producer or a family member of the primary producer to whom the genuine reason of Primary Production does not apply.

 

For further information refer to:

Answer:
Animal Welfare Genuine Reason

This genuine reason is for those people who work with or handle animals and need a firearm for the humane destruction of stock. There are four genuine reason forms for persons involved in animal welfare activities:

 

  1. An officer of the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League who is a special constable, or
  2. A veterinary practitioner, or
  3. An employee of the Department of Primary Industries or the Local Land Services AND who has responsibility for animal welfare, or
  4. The owner, transporter, drover or other handler of animals who may need to humanely destroy animals.

 

For further information refer to:

Answer:
Firearms Collection Genuine Reason

 

This genuine reason applies to a person who collects firearms as a current member of a collectors' society or collectors' club approved by the Commissioner of Police. The collection must have a proven genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value.

 

A Firearm Collector licence allows for the possession of firearms only, not their use.

In addition, there are specific requirements for the storage of firearms forming part of the collection. Section 20(e) of the Firearms Act 1996 and clause 36 of the Firearms Regulation 2017 provide further information on the requirements which must be met for safe storage of firearms kept as a firearms collection. There is also a FACT Sheet 'Safe Storage Level 9 - Firearms Collector' available on the Safe Storage page.

NOTE: This licence does not authorise the collection of ammunition. For information on collection of ammunition see Ammunition Collection Permit.

 

For further information refer to:

 

 

Documentation you will need when applying

 

  • a MyServiceNSW Account linked to the NSW Police Force
  • a copy of your firearms safety awareness certificate or pistol safe handling certificate
  • details of the address(s) where you'll safely store your firearms
  • documentation to support each genuine reason/category
  • a current credit card for your payment (if applicable).

 

In addition, depending on your genuine reason(s):

 

  • if you’re applying for a licence over and above a category A firearms licence, you need:
    • evidence that a ‘special need’ exists for a category B,C,D or H licence
    • the reason(s) why the special need cannot be met by using another category of firearm.

 

  • if you're applying for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of business or employment as an armed security guard, you need:
    • a copy of your current 1F security licence
    • a current firearms safety training accreditation certificate
    • a letter of intent and endorsement from an approved master licensee.

 

How to apply

 

  1. Check the eligibility requirements.
  2. Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
  3. Log into, or sign up for, your MyServiceNSW Account.
  4. Link to the NSW Police Force.
  5. Complete the online application form.
  6. Upload your supporting documentation.
  7. Enter your payment details (if requested).
  8. Read and confirm the declaration.
  9. Review and submit your application.

 Once you've submitted your application there's a mandatory 28-day cooling off period during which thorough background checks will be conducted.

 

 

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