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Firearms licensing

The Licensing and Regulation Division of Victoria Police regulates the firearms industry in Victoria.

Our website has a lot of helpful information and links regarding a broad range of firearms related issues.

To learn more about firearms legislation, you can access the Act here. You can also view our most recent Statement of Expectations, privacy statements and compliance principles here.

About firearms

A firearm is a device that has the appearance of a firearm, and has the potential to fire an object (shot, bullet or other missile) by the expansion of gases produced in the device by the ignition of strongly combustible materials, compressed air or other gases whether stored in the device in pressurised containers (bullets) or produced by mechanical means. A firearm can be assembled or in parts, and is still a firearm whether operable, or made temporarily or permanently inoperable. There are essentially two types of firearms:

Handguns – firearms that do not exceed 65cm from the butt to the muzzle, are easily concealable and can be fired from one hand (hence the term ‘handgun’), and,

Longarms – firearms that are not handguns.


Handgun - Revolvers and starter pistols that appear to be a handgun.

Longarm - Rifles, shotguns and machine guns.

Regulation and licence requirements

Firearms are regulated by the Firearms Act 1996. Firearms must be registered with Victoria Police, and a Permit to Acquire as well as an appropriate firearms licence is required to purchase, possess, carry and use such devices in Victoria.

Reviewed 27 February 2020

Contact Us

Licensing and Regulation Division GPO Box 2807, Melbourne, VIC 3001

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