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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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