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Borrowing, loaning and inheriting firearms

Information on this page is general in nature and may be of assistance to you, however, the Licensing and Regulation Division does not guarantee that the information here is wholly appropriate to your circumstances.

Where a firearm is being borrowed or loaned and is owned by a Victorian licence holder, the owner must inform the Licensing and Regulation Division of the change in storage address, if the firearm will be ordinarily stored at an alternate address. Failure to do so may be considered an offence.

Borrowing a firearm

If you hold a Victorian firearm licence, you can borrow a firearm registered in Victoria or in another state or territory provided:

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

If you hold a Victorian firearm licence, you can borrow a firearm from a Victorian or licensed firearm dealer in another state or territory 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
  • your Victorian licence allows you to possess, carry and use that category of firearm

You can also borrow a firearm to compete in an overseas shooting competition but you must provide the Licensing and Regulation Division with written authorisation from the registered owner.

You must also apply to the Department of Home Affairs for a Restricted Goods Permit in order to be able to take the firearm overseas. Information regarding travelling with firearms to and from Australia can be found at the Department of Home Affairs

This information does not apply to handguns used for armed guard security activities. 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.

Loaning firearms for performance and re-enactment

Licensed firearm dealers may loan blank-firing or permanently inoperable firearms for use in films, television or theatrical re-enactment if they hold a Theatrical Armoury Permit. Licensed firearm dealers (or one of their employees) must supervise the use of any dealership firearm(s) except imitation handguns.

An application for a Theatrical Armoury Permit must be submitted four weeks before the permit is required.

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

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
  • have the transaction witnessed by a licensed firearms dealer

If you do not have the appropriate firearm licence and would like 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 for an Heirloom Licence. 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 and stored in accordance with Schedule 4 of the Firearms Act 1996.

The Power of Attorney or Executor of the Will should provide some evidence or an extract from the will or letter from the Executor to whom the firearm has been bequeathed as supporting evidence at the point of transfer at a Licensed Firearm Dealer.

Reviewed 29 January 2019

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