Message from the Chief Commissioner

Our Services

Acquiring, borrowing or loaning firearm

Release date: Mon 19 December 2011

Last updated: Fri 16 January 2015

Purchasing a firearm

You can only purchase firearms, ammunition, parts and accessories if you have a current Victorian firearm licence and if that licence allows you to carry and use those items. You must also have a 'Permit to Acquire' to purchase a firearm.

Please note: You do not need to wait for your firearm licence application to be approved before applying for a Permit to Acquire. You may apply for both at the same time but if your application for a firearm licence is unsuccessful you will not receive a Permit to Acquire and will not be able to purchase a firearm.

If you want to acquire a longarm, you will need to complete an application for a Permit to Acquire a longarm (PDF). If you want to acquire a handgun, you will need to complete an application for a Permit to Acquire a handgun (PDF). In addition, if you are licensed to participate in sport or target shooting and want to acquire a handgun for sport purposes, you are required to attach the endorsement of an approved handgun target shooting club to your Permit to Acquire application.

Both longarm and handgun permit applications should be submitted to Victoria Police's Licensing & Regulation Division at least four weeks before you require them as the Firearms Act also requires that your first Permit to Acquire cannot be issued until 28 days after it was submitted to LRD and LRD may need to request you supply additional documentation to demonstrate your genuine need to have that firearm.

If your Permit to Acquire application is approved, LRD will send your permit to you directly. You must then pay the permit fee as per the instructions attached to your permit. The permit is valid for 28 days from the date it was printed (as indicated at the top of the permit). If your Permit to Acquire application is refused, LRD will inform you of the reasons your application was denied and any appeal options you have.

As licensed firearm dealers have 28 days to report any transactions they have facilitated to Victoria Police, it can take several weeks before your new firearm will appear on our computer system as registered to you.

The Importing and Exporting Firearms page has information about purchasing a firearm from overseas.

Transferring a firearm

To transfer ownership of a firearm between two Victorian licence holders, the person receiving the firearm must have:

  • A Victorian firearm licence that permits them to possess, carry or use that category and type of firearm
  • A genuine reason for possessing that firearm
  • A Permit to Acquire issued by Victoria Police

Both licence holders must then visit a licensed firearm dealer to finalise the transaction. You must provide the licensed firearm dealer with:

  • A Permit to Acquire that is valid and current
  • Proof that you have paid for your permit
  • The firearm that is being transferred

To transfer a firearm between a Victorian and interstate licence holder, the person sending the firearm must arrange for a licensed firearm dealer in their state/territory to send the firearm to a licensed firearm dealer in the recipient's state/territory. If the recipient is in Victoria, they will also need:

  • A Victorian firearm licence that permits them to possess, carry or use that category and type of firearm
  • A Permit to Acquire which demonstrate their genuine reason for possessing that firearm

Please note: If you live on the border of South Australia and Victoria, or New South Wales and Victoria, you may submit a Permit to Acquire issued in one state to a licensed firearm dealer located in the other state. Victoria has an agreement in place with South Australia and New South Wales to recognise the other state's Permits to Acquire.

As licensed firearm dealers have 28 days to report any transactions they have facilitated to Victoria Police, it can take several weeks before your new firearm will appear on our computer system as registered to you.

Borrowing and loaning firearms

If you hold a Victorian firearm licence, you can borrow a Victorian or interstate firearm from a friend/relative provided:

  • you have their permission to do so
  • your Victorian licence allows you to carry and use that category and type of firearm.

If you hold a Victorian firearm licence, you can borrow the firearm of a Victorian or interstate licensed firearm dealer provided:

  • your licence is more than 28 days old 
  • you already have at least one firearm registered to you
  • you have their permission to do so, and
  • your Victorian licence allows you to possess, carry and use that category and type of firearm.

Please Note: This information does not apply to handguns used for the purposes of security. It is a special condition for holders of a handgun licence for the purposes of operating a private security business to ensure that each handgun remains registered to the holder's name.

Dealers cannot loan a firearm out at a rate equivalent to the full cost of the firearm.

You can also borrow a firearm to compete in an overseas shooting competition but you must provide Licensing & Regulation Division with written authorisation from the registered owner and apply to Australian Customs for a Restricted Goods Permit in order to be able to take the firearm overseas.

Please note: If the firearm is owned by a Victorian licence holder, they must inform Licensing & Regulation Division if the firearm's ordinary storage address changes.

Licensed firearm dealers can loan blank-firing or permanently inoperable firearms for use in films, television or theatrical re-enactment if they hold a Theatrical Armoury Permit. Dealers (or one of their employees) must supervise the use of any dealership firearm(s) except imitation handguns or firearms which have been rendered permanently inoperable. Only dealers, their employees and persons taking part in that production or re-enactment can carry or use the firearms. An application for a Theatrical Armoury Permit (PDF) must be submitted four weeks before the permit is required.

Inheriting a firearm

You may acquire a firearm that someone left to you in a will provided you:

  • hold the appropriate licence for that firearm,
  • can demonstrate a genuine need for it;
  • obtain a Permit to Acquire; and
  • have the transaction witnessed by a licensed firearms dealer.

If you do not have the appropriate firearm licence and want to keep and use the firearm, you must apply for a firearm licence.

Alternatively, if you want to keep the firearm for inheritance purposes only, you may apply to Licensing & Regulation Division for an Heirloom Licence (PDF). This licence will only allow you to possess a single firearm or a matched pair of firearms. It is also a condition of this licence that any firearm attached to this licence is made permanently inoperable. You must store these firearms in the secure manner described by the Firearms Act.

 

 
Top of Page
Victoria Police Centre 637 Flinders Street Melbourne 3005 | Ph 03 9247 6666 | Fax 03 9247 5727
Copyright © 2005 State of Victoria. All rights reserved.