This page contains information regarding the safe disposal of firearms and ammunition.
Disposing of a firearm to a licence holder within Australia
This includes transferring or selling an antique firearm to a collector or licensed museum.
The licensed firearm holder that you wish to sell or transfer ownership of your firearm to must apply to the Licensing and Regulation Division for a permit to acquire.
If the permit is granted, you will both need to sign and pay for the permit and:
- Take it to a licensed firearm dealer along with the firearm.
- The licensed firearm dealer will transfer ownership of the firearm from you to them. Ownership of a firearm only changes when Victoria Police receives formal notification of the transaction from the licensed firearm dealer.
- You should send a copy of the transaction receipt to the Licensing and Regulation Division and confirm in writing that you disposed of your firearm in this way.
If the licence holder that wants your firearm does not already own a firearm, it will take 28 days before a permit to acquire can be issued.
You are unable to dispose of a firearm to a person that is under 18 years of age.
Dispose of a firearm to a licensed firearm dealer within Australia
This is what you might do if you want to sell your firearm but do not have someone to buy the firearm.
How do I contact and find a registered firearms dealer?
There are a number of firearm dealers in Victoria, you can simply search for the best contact on the internet.
What will the licensed firearms dealer do?
The licensed firearm dealer must:
- Record the transaction in their register.
- Provide you with a transaction receipt.
- Notify Licensing and Regulation Division of the transaction within 28 days.
Note: Ownership of a firearm only changes when Victoria Police receives formal notification of the transaction from a licensed firearm dealer.
Dispose of a firearm to a police station
If you wish to have the firearm destroyed, you will need to take the firearm to a police station. If you decide to take this option, you can follow the below process:
- Contact your nearest police station and arrange a time to bring the firearm in. You must ensure that when you transport the firearm you do so in a way that does not cause alarm.
- The police station will provide you with a property-book receipt which you should keep for your own records.
- You are then required to send a copy of the property-book receipt to Licensing and Regulation Division and confirm in writing that you disposed of your firearm in this manner. The station will send the firearm to the Victoria police forensic team for destruction.
- The Victorian forensic team will then inform Licensing and Regulation Division when the firearm has been destroyed.
Dispose of a firearm to a person overseas
If you are selling or transferring a firearm outside of Australia, you will need to apply to Australian Border Force for a . In certain circumstances, you may also need to submit additional information to customs authorities.
You should then send a copy of relevant export documentation to the Licensing and Regulation Division and confirm in writing that you have disposed of your firearm in this manner.
Firearms that are exempt from the disposal procedures listed above:
The Firearms Act 1996 exempts certain firearms from regulation and therefore the above disposal guidelines are not required.
The Licensing and Regulation Division do recommend however that if you do wish to have an exempt firearm destroyed, you contact your local police station.
Disposal of ammunition
Any unwanted ammunition may be disposed of through the following:
- A local police station (which will issue a property receipt).
- A licensed firearms dealer.
- Through an individual who is appropriately licensed.
It is highly recommended that prior to attending a local police station or the premises of a licensed firearms dealer that you telephone and arrange suitable options for the surrender of your ammunition.
Remember, when transporting your ammunition for disposal purposes, you must ensure that it is transported in a safe and secure manner. You need to take reasonable precautions to ensure that the ammunition is not lost or stolen.
If you have found a firearm, you must contact your local police station and arrange a time to drop it off and have the station check its registration status. Alternatively, you can contact a Licensed Firearm Dealer to make arrangements to drop off the firearm.
Note: Do not attempt to destroy the firearm yourself.
Reviewed 01 March 2020