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Deceased Estates

Release date: Mon 15 January 2018

Last updated: Mon 15 January 2018

The executor or administrator of the estate of a deceased person who possessed firearms, must notify Licensing & Regulation Division of the person's death in writing as soon as practicable.

This notification must include:

  • the name and contact details for the executor of the estate;
  • the full name of the deceased licence holder;
  • the deceased's date of birth and death (certified copies of death certificates are preferable);
  • the deceased's firearms licence number (if known);
  • details of any firearm in the estate (including the make, model, calibre, serial number etc).

If you are the executor of the estate, you have six months from the date of death to dispose of the firearms registered to the deceased person. During these six months, the executor or administrator of an estate may:

  • retain possession of any firearms, storing them in accordance with schedule 4 of the Firearms Act or in any other manner LRD has approved;
  • arrange for a licensed firearms dealer to store the firearm(s) on his or her behalf;  arrange for another licence holder to store the firearm(s) provided they have the appropriate type of licence and storage facilities.

A quick guide for deceased estates with firearms can be downloaded here.

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