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Licensed firearm dealers

Licensed firearm dealers play an important role in maintaining community safety while they trade in firearms, ammunition, parts and accessories. Should you wish to apply for a dealer licence please read the following information.

Firearm dealers are subject to strict licence conditions. There are reporting and record keeping requirements in addition to the acquisition and disposal of firearms. All firearm dealers and their employees must meet fit and proper standards.

Licensed firearms dealer classes

There are three licence classes for firearms dealers. The class of licence determines what type of firearms the licence holder may trade in.  All licensed firearm dealers are able to sell ammunition.

Class One

Class One dealers may sell, repair and import:

  • Category A, B, C, D, E longarms
  • General Category handguns
  • Category E Handguns
  • paintball markers

Class Two

Class Two dealers may sell, repair and import:

  • Category A, B and C longarms
  • General Category handguns
  • paintball markers

Class Three

Class Three dealers may only repair:

  • Category A, B, C, D, E longarms
  • General Category handguns
  • Category E handguns
  • paintball markers

Class Four

Class Four dealers may sell, repair and import:

  • paintball markers

Application process

If you are interested in becoming a licensed firearms dealer please email Licensing and Regulation Division and request a firearm dealer application pack.

Prospective applicants should be aware that the process for obtaining a firearm dealer licence is extensive and the submission of an application does not guarantee approval.

Licensing and Regulation Division strongly discourages any financial investment before a firearm dealer licence has been finalised or approved.

As part of your application, information you may be required to provide includes (but is not limited to):

  • business plans including method of sales (eg. wholesale, retail), operating capacity (part-time, full-time) and activities
  • evidence of financial viability certified by a chartered accountant or certified practising accountant
  • evidence of public liability insurance
  • evidence of experience with firearms
  • details of trading premises and local council approval
  • details of storage arrangements
  • fingerprints and national criminal history checks for all close associates and employees of the proposed business

Dealer Reference Guide

If you would like a copy of the Dealer Reference Guide, please email licensingregulation@police.vic.gov.au

Existing licensed firearms dealers

Renewal process

A renewal application package will be posted to you eight weeks before the expiry of your licence. You will be sent a reminder letter advising that it is time to renew your licence eight weeks before your licence expires.

Loaning firearms

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

Licensed firearms dealers may loan firearms to licence holders who:

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

While 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

It is not an offence for a person who is not a licensed firearms dealer to advertise the sale of firearms if they include all of the following details in the advertisement:

  1. a statement that the proposed sale is to be arranged (ie. brokered) through a licensed firearm dealer
  2. the serial number of the firearm being offered for sale  
  3. the registered owner's licence number

A person other than the licensed owner of a firearm may 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.

Failure to include the prescribed information in an advertisement, correctly transfer the firearm, or be in the possession of a firearm without a licence is an offence.

Licensed firearms dealers who advertise firearms for sale must include all of the following information in any advertisement they place:

  1. their firearm dealer's licence number
  2. the serial number of the firearm being offered for sale
  3. the registered owner's licence number

There are no limitations on where firearms for sale can be advertised. 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.

Reviewed 14 March 2019

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