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Licensed firearm dealers

Learn about licensed firearm dealers and how to apply to come a licensed dealer.

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. 

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Licensed firearms dealer classes

There are four licence classes for firearms dealers. The class of licence determines what type of firearms the licence holder may trade in. 

Note: All licensed firearm dealers are able to sell ammunition.

  • Class One dealers may sell and repair:

    • Category A, B, C, D, E longarms
    • General Category handguns
    • Category E Handguns
    • Paintball markers
  • Class Two dealers may sell and repair:

    • Category A, B and C longarms
    • General Category handguns
    • Paintball markers
  • Class Three dealers may only repair:

    • Category A, B, C, D, E longarms
    • General Category handguns
    • Category E handguns
    • Paintball markers
  • Class Four dealers may sell and repair:

    • Paintball markers

Application process

If you are interested in becoming a licensed firearms dealer please email the 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.

We strongly discourage 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 practicing 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

Existing licensed firearms dealers

Renewing your licence

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
  • their licence allows them to possess, carry and use the category and type of firearm they are borrowing

While the 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.

Posting firearms

As a licensed firearm dealer, you are able to mail firearms and firearm parts to other licensed firearm dealers through registered postal outlets. We highly encourage all licensed firearm dealers to use registered couriers or postal services, such as Australia Post, when mailing firearms. Australia Post have more information in their Dangerous and Prohibited Goods guide. This guide outlines the appropriate and safe way to post firearms in the mail.

Dealer reference guide

If you would like a copy of the Dealer Reference Guide, please email us.

Reviewed 29 June 2021

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

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