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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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