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Firearm licence application forms

Release date: Tue 3 January 2012

Last updated: Wed 23 April 2014

There are detailed instruction pages at the back of every licence application form. These instructions and Licensing & Regulation Division's page on applying for a firearm licence will assist you in completing your application. Please read this information carefully as any errors in your application may delay the processing of your application.

You can contact LRD if you require additional assistance to complete your application. Alternatively you can contact your Divisional Firearms Officer. All completed applications and supporting documentation should be forwarded to LRD.

Category A, B longarms licence Collector licence
Category C, D, E longarms licence Provisional handgun licence
General category handgun licence Junior licence
Paintball marker licence Corporate licence
Dealer licence  

Category A and A/B Longarm Licences

These licences last for five years and are held for:

  • sport or target shooting
  • hunting
  • primary production
  • work in the security or prison industry
  • another official, commercial or prescribed purpose (e.g. work as a firearms safety instructor) or for a purpose authorised by an Act or regulations.

Category C, D and E Longarm and Heirloom Licences

These licences last for three years.

A Category C Licence is held for:

  • clay target shooting (includes adults holding a licence on behalf of a junior clay target shooter)
  • primary production
  • professional hunting
  • another official, commercial or prescribed purpose (e.g. work as a firearms safety instructor) or for a purpose authorised by an Act or regulations.

You need a Category C Licence to possess a:

  • Semi auto rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds
  • Semi auto shot gun with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
  • Pump action shot gun with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
  • Tranquiliser guns

Please note: Holding a Category C licence does not enable you to posses, carry or use a category A or B firearm. If however, you have a Category C Longarm Licence, as well as a Category A and B Longarm Licence, you will not be charged the Category A or A/B Licence fee when you renew your Category C Licence.

A Category D Licence is held for:

  • professional hunting
  • another official, commercial or prescribed purpose (e.g. work as a firearms safety instructor) or for a purpose authorised by an Act or regulations.

You need a Category D Licence to possess a:

  • Semi auto rim fire rifle with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds
  • Semi auto shot gun with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Pump action shot gun with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Semi auto centre fire rifle
  • A firearm that has been re-classified as a category D firearm by the Chief Commissioner

Please note: Holding a Category D Licence does not enable you to posses, carry or use a category A, B or C firearm.

A Category E licences is held for:

  • Official, commercial or prescribed purposes.

You need a Category E Licence to possess a:

  • Machine gun
  • Tear gas gun or projector
  • Shot gun or rifle less than 75cm long (measured parallel to the firearm's barrel)
  • Mortars
  • Bazookas
  • Rocket-propelled grenades
  • Larger military firearm designed to fire an explosive or projectile
  • A firearm that has been re-classified as a category E firearm by the Chief Commissioner

Please note: Holding a Category E Licence does not enable you to posses, carry or use a category A, B, C or D firearm.

An Heirloom Licence is held for:

  • owning an inherited single firearm or matched pair of firearms only.

To hold this licence you must:

  • provide proof that you inherited the firearm(s) or provide sign a Statutory Declaration stating this; and
  • provide documentary proof that the firearm(s) have been made inoperable by a licensed firearm dealer.

Provisional General Category Handgun Licence

This licence lasts for a minimum of six months and a maximum of twelve months. It is held by:

  • A person wishing to qualify to apply for a full general category handgun licence

To apply for this licence you must also be a member of an approved handgun club.

General Category and Category E Handgun Licences

These licences last for three years.

A General Category Handgun Licence is held for:

  • target shooting
  • work as a security, prison, armed or cash-in-transit guard
  • another official, commercial or prescribed purpose (.e.g. work as a firearms safety instructor ) or for a purpose authorised by an Act or regulations.

Applicants for a General Category Licence must be able to provide evidence that they have either;

  • a provisional general category handgun licence OR
  • have been a member of an approved handgun target club for at least six months before submitting this application and remain a member.

A Category E Handgun Licence is held for:

  • official, commercial or prescribed purposes (.e.g. work as a firearms safety instructor ) or for a purpose authorised by an Act or regulations.

If you want to possess, carry or use more than one Category E firearm you must be able to demonstrate a compelling reason for this.

Category 1, Category 2, Antique Handgun and Ammunition Collectors Licences

These licences last for five years.

An Antique Collector Licence is held for the collection of

  • Antique handguns manufactured before 1 January 1900 that use percussion as a means of ignition and do not take commercially available cartridge ammunition

Applicants for an Antique Collectors Licence must be able to provide evidence that they:

  • Have been a member of an approved collectors organisation prior to applying; and
  • Remain a member of an approved collectors organisation
  • have their application endorsed by the nominated officer of their club
  • provide a statement regarding the theme of their collection.

A Category 1 Collectors Licence is held for the collection of:

  • Longarms
  • Antique handguns manufactured before 1 January 1900, that use percussion as a means of ignition and do not take commercially available cartridge ammunition);
  • Handguns manufactured before 1 January 1900, that use percussion as a means of ignition and do take commercially available cartridge ammunition);
  • Handguns manufactured between 1900 and 1946

Applicants for a Category 1 Collectors Licence must be able to provide evidence that they:

  • have been a member of an approved collectors organisation for at least six months before submitting this application;
  • remain a member of an approved collectors organisation;
  • have their application endorsed by the nominated officer of their club
  • provide a statement regarding the theme of their collection.

A Category 2 Collectors Licence is held for the collection of:

  • Longarms
  • Antique handguns manufactured before 1 January 1900, that use percussion as a means of ignition and do not take commercially available cartridge ammunition);
  • Handguns manufactured before 1 January 1900, that use percussion as a means of ignition and take commercially available cartridge ammunition);
  • Handguns manufactured between 1900 and 1946
  • Handguns manufactured after 1947

Applicants for a Category 2 Collectors Licence must be able to provide evidence that they:

  • Have held a Category 1 Collectors Licence for at least two years before submitting this application;
  • Are a member of an approved collectors organisation.
  • Have their application endorsed by the nominated officer of their club
  • Possess more than 10 handguns manufactured before 1 January 1947 (and continue to own more than 10 throughout your licence)
  • Provide a statement regarding the theme of their collection.

A Firearms Ammunition Collector Licence is held for the collection of:

  • cartridge ammunition.

Applicants for an Ammunition Collector Licence must be able to provide evidence that they:

  • are a member of an approved collectors organisation

Firearm Dealer Licence

This licence lasts for three years and is held by persons and businesses wishing to carry on a business for the purpose of:

  • acquiring firearms, parts or ammunition
  • disposing of firearms, parts or ammunition
  • hiring firearms, parts or ammunition
  • lending firearms, parts or ammunition
  • transferring ownership of firearms, parts or ammunition
  • exposing or offering for sale any firearms, parts or ammunition
  • manufacturing or repairing any firearm or parts

Licensed firearm dealers will belong to one of three licence classes depending on what firearms and activities they trade in.

Applicants for a Firearm Dealer Licence must supply a:

  • Statutory Declaration detailing the name and address of any person who is a close associate.
  • Personal Identification Form for each person the applicant wants to employ in the business.
  • Local government authority or letter proving that an approval has been granted to trade in the local area.
  • Certificate of registration of a business name, certificate of incorporation or a certificate of registration of a company (where relevant).

Applicants for a Body Corporate Firearm Dealer Licence must also:

  • Specify the officers of the body corporate.
  • Nominate the person who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the business on that premises.

Junior Licence

This licence is held by:

  • A person who has reached 12 years of age but is under 18 and wishes to carry or use Category A, B or C Longarms (shotguns) or General Category Handguns in order to engage in or be instructed in sport or target shooting.

A junior licence lasts for three years or until the holder turns 18 - whichever occurs first.

Junior Provisional Handgun Licence

This licence is held by:

  • A person who has reached 12 years of age but is under 18 and wishes to carry or use General Category Handguns in order to engage in or be instructed in sport or target shooting; and
  • A person who has not been a member of an approved handgun target shooting club for six months.

The provisional licence gives juniors the time to take the handgun safety course and be a member of an approved club for six months - both of which are prerequisites for holding a junior licence.

A junior provisional licence lasts for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months.

Paintball Marker Licence

This licence lasts for five years and is held by:

  • A person who wishes to own paintball markers (no licence is required to participate in paintball gaming).

Corporate Licence

This licence is held by organisations wishing to:

  • become licensed to own and possess firearms for the lawful pursuit of a club
  • operate in the security and prison industry
  • engage in primary production
  • engage in professional hunting
  • another official, commercial or prescribed purpose.

Only organisations registered with the Australian Securities Commission, associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 or a similar Act from another state or government department may apply for this licence.
 

 
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