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Firearm dealers

Release date: Tue 3 January 2012

Last updated: Fri 18 August 2017

Information contained on this page has been developed by the Licensing and Regulation Division to assist public understanding the types of firearm dealer licences and the process for obtaining a dealer licence.

Licensed firearm dealers trade in firearms, ammunition, parts and accessories, and as a result, play an important role in maintaining community safety.

If you are successful in obtaining a firearm dealer's licence, you will be required to meet all conditions of your licence and comply with the Firearms Act 1996 as it relates to the disposal and acquisition of firearms and carrying on the business of dealing in firearms.

Current firearm dealers are able to access more specific information on the Information for Existing Licensed Firearms Dealers page of the Victoria Police website.

Licensed Firearms Dealer Classes

There are three different classes of firearms dealer licences. The class of licence determines what type of firearms the licence holder is permitted to trade in.  All Licensed Firearms Dealers are able to sell ammunition. 

Class One Sell, Repair and Import Category A, B, C, D, E Longarms, General Category Handguns, Category E Handguns
Class Two Sell, Repair and Import Category A, B longarms and General Category Handguns
Class Three Repair Only Category A, B, C, D, E Longarms, General Category Handguns, Category E Handguns

Application Process

The Licensing and Regulation Division is reviewing the application process to obtain a firearms dealers licence.

If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Firearms Dealer please email licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au for more information and application forms.

Prospective applicants should be aware that the process for obtaining a firearm dealer's licence is extensive and the submission of an application does not guarantee approval.

The Licensing and Regulation Division strongly discourages any financial investment before being granted a dealer's licence.

As part of your application, information you may be required to provide includes (but is not limited):

  • Business plans including method of sales (i.e. wholesale, retail etc.), operating capacity (i.e. part-time/full-time) and activities;
  • Evidence of financial viability certified by a Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant
  • Evidence of public liability insurance
  • Evidence of experience with firearms
  • Details of trading premises and local council approval
  • Details of storage arrangements
  • Fingerprints and national criminal history checks for all close associates and employees of the proposed business

Dealer Reference Guide

The Licensing and Regulation Division has removed the Dealer Reference Guide while under review. If you would like a copy of the Dealer Reference Guide, please email licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au
 

 
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