Message from the Chief Commissioner

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Information for Existing Licensed Firearms Dealers

Release date: Fri 18 August 2017

Last updated: Fri 18 May 2018

Renewal Process

Renewal applications are generated by the Licensing and Regulation Division and posted to eight weeks prior to the expiry of a current licence.

A reminder letter will be sent two weeks prior to expiry if we are not in receipt of a completed renewal application.

The Licensing and Regulation Division is reviewing the renewal application process for existing licence holders. This review will include consultation with industry in due course.

Any changes to the renewal application process for dealer licences will be communicated ahead of changes being implemented.

Loaning Firearms

Firearm dealers who loan firearms cannot loan a firearm at a rate equivalent to the full cost of the firearm.

Licensed Firearms Dealers can loan firearms to licence holders who:

  • has a licence that is more than 28 days old;
  • already has at least one firearm registered to them
  • have permission to loan the firearm; and
  • their licence allows them to possess, carry and use the category and type of firearm they are borrowing.

While the Licensing and Regulation Division does not encourage the loaning of firearms, dealers who engage in this practice should ensure they have a written Agent's Agreement in place to document the duration of the loan period.

Advertising Firearms for sale
 

From May 2018, it will no longer be an offence for a person who is not a Licensed Firearms Dealer to advertise the sale of firearms if they include the following details in the advertisement:

a.A statement that the proposed sale is to be arranged (i.e. brokered) through a Licensed Firearm Dealer (see s.101(1)(b) of the Firearms Act 1996);
b.The serial number of the firearm being offered for sale (see s.101(3)(a) of the Firearms Act 1996); and
c.The registered owner's licence number (see s.101(3)(b) of the Firearms Act 1996).

Changes to rules on advertising do not:

"Alter the requirement of the buyer to be correctly licenced to possess use and carry the firearm; or
"Remove the requirement for firearms to be transferred between the seller and the buyer through a Licensed Firearms Dealer using a Permit to Acquire.
A person other than the licensed owner of a firearm can advertise the firearm for sale at the request of the owner, however, the person who placed the advertisement cannot keep the firearm in their possession unless they are also a licence holder who holds the same category of licence as the firearms being offered for sale and the capacity to store the firearms in accordance with Schedule 4 of the Firearms Act 1996.

Failure to include the prescribed information in an advertisement, correctly transfer the firearm or possess firearms without a licence are offences against the Firearms Act 1996.

Licensed Firearms Dealers who advertise firearms for sale must include the following information in any advertisement they place:

a.Their firearm dealers' licence number (see s.101(1)(a) of the Firearms Act 1996);
b.The serial number of the firearm being offered for sale (see s.101(3)(a) of the Firearms Act 1996); and
c.The registered owner's licence number (see s.101(3)(b) of the Firearms Act 1996).
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Places where Advertisements can be made

From May 2018, the advertisement of firearms for sale will no longer be limited publications of approved clubs or commercially published firearm or sport shooting magazines.

This means firearms can be advertised for sale anywhere, including online, provided that the advertisement details the serial number of the firearm for sale and the dealer's details or the owner's licence number as required.

Advertisements listed on third-party trading websites such as Gumtree or eBay will still need to comply with the service provider's terms and conditions of use.


 

 
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