Firearms FIREARMS REGISTRY Introduction to Firearms The NSW Government is committed to an agreed What should I do if I become aware of an illegal national approach to the control of firearms. Firearms activity? ownership and use is a privilege, which is conditional If you become aware that illegal activity is occurring, for on the overriding need for public safety. example, if you know of an unlicensed person who owns a firearm you should contact either: All firearms owners must be aware of their * Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000; or responsibilities under the legislation. * Operation Vulcan on 1800 659 657. All newcomers to firearms must pass an approved Why do I need a firearms licence? firearms safety training course in the safe handling and If you want to possess or use a firearm for personal or responsible use of a firearm. professional reasons in NSW you must have a licence or permit authorising possession and use of the firearm. This FACT Sheet is a brief introduction to firearms and the law. If you would like to know more about your How do I apply for a firearms licence? responsibilities as a firearm owner or user in NSW, you You can apply for a licence by calling the Firearms can get a copy of the NSW Police booklet, “Firearms Registry Customer Service line on 1300 362 562 or (Longarms) Users Guide - Rights, Wrongs and download permit application forms from our website Responsibilities” from your club, shooting range or the www.nsw.police.nsw.gov.au/firearms. Firearms Registry website. To apply for a firearms licence you must: Why are there firearm laws? Have a genuine reason for possessing and using a NSW has firearm laws to promote the responsible and firearm: safe use of firearms and preserve public safety. Genuine Reasons include: The Firearms Act 1996 and the Firearms Regulation * Sport/Target Shooting; 2006 contain information on the obligations for lawful * Recreational hunting/vermin control; possession and use of a firearm in NSW. * Primary production; What are my legal responsibilities? * Vertebrate pest animal control; As a firearms owner in NSW you are required to * Business or employment; familiarise yourself with the Firearms Act and Regulation * Occupational requirements relating to rural purposes; and comply with all the licence conditions and other * Animal Welfare; legislative requirements. * Firearms Collection. Additionally you must: Complete an approved safety course: ∗ Ensure that public safety is paramount, and Your licence application cannot be approved without * Comply with your licence or permit conditions, and providing proof of completion of an approved firearms * Take all reasonable precautions to ensure your licence qualification course. firearm: * Is kept safely, and For training providers contact: * Is not lost or stolen, and The Firearms Safety Training Council - 02 94863077, * Does not come into the possession of an Sporting Shooters Association Australia - 1300746683, unauthorised person, and Your nearest firearms club or the NSW Firearms * Is only used for activities connected with the genuine Registry. reason for obtaining your firearms licence. You can download the book "Firearms (Longarms) Users What are my social responsibilities? Guide - Rights, Wrongs and Responsibilities" from our As a firearms owner in NSW you are bound to act in a website under Brochures. safe and responsible manner whilst using a firearm and ensure that those around you do the same. Send the forms to the Firearms Registry Complete & post your licence application forms, along You must: with proof of completion of an approved firearms safety * Never mix shooting with alcohol or drugs, and training course, proof of identity and any other required * Never act in a foolhardy way around firearms. documents to the Firearms Registry. Vers 1.2 March 2010 What is a permit to acquire? 2. Always point your firearm in a safe A Permit to Acquire is required for each direction (never allow the muzzle of Firearms Registry firearm you wish to acquire. For initial your firearm to point at another PTA's, there is a mandatory 28 day waiting person); period from receipt of your application Address 3. Never load a live round into the before your Permit to Acquire can be Locked Bag 1 chamber of a firearm until you are issued. For second and subsequent PTA's Murwillumbah NSW 2484 ready to shoot; and for the same type of firearm as one already 4. Keep your finger off the trigger registered to you, there is no waiting until you are ready to shoot. period. All transactions for the acquisition Telephone and disposal of firearms are conducted by 1300362562 a licensed Firearms Dealer. The first rule about firearms is that safety is your top priority. Always follow Do I need to register my firearm? these general principles: All firearms, except some antique firearms * When passing a firearm to someone Interstate which are exempt, must be registered. The or when picking a firearm up, check 02 66708590 Firearms Registry maintains a central whether the firearm is loaded by registry of firearms that includes opening the action and looking inside information on the particulars of the the chamber; Fax firearm, such as its serial number, to * Your firearm is your responsibility; 02 66708558 enable its identification. * Always ensure that the firing zone is clear and identify what is beyond your Safe storage (firearms and target; ammunition) * When you have finished shooting Email The safe storage of firearms and remove the magazine (if fitted), firstname.lastname@example.org ammunition is essential to ensure that your unload and check that the chamber is firearm does not fall into the hands of empty; children, unauthorised persons or * Make sure that all firearms are criminals. Remember, it is illegal to allow transported according to the Website an unauthorised person to possess or use guidelines to prevent misuse or theft; www.police.nsw.gov.au/firearms your firearm. * Never allow unauthorised access to your firearm or ammunition; There are different requirements for safe * Do not climb fences or obstacles with storage depending on the type of firearms loaded firearms; you possess and the type of licence you * Encourage safe and responsible hold: handling of firearms in the field, on the * Safe Storage Level 1 - Category A & range and within the community; B requirements, * Understand the operation of your * Safe Storage Level 2 - Category C, D firearm, keep it in good repair and & H requirements, always use the correct ammunition; * Transportation of Firearms, * Never store firearms and ammunition * Ammunition Safe Storage, Purchase together. Ensure they are safely locked & Possession, away when not in use; * Dealers, Collectors, Prohibited * Never mix shooting with alcohol or Firearms, Prohibited Weapons and drugs; Security Firms. * Be familiar with the legal requirements for safe storage, All these FACT Sheets are available from firearms ownership, possession and the Firearms Registry website. use in NSW or in any state or territory you may visit; and Basic firearms safety * Dispose of unwanted firearms lawfully. There are four basic rules to ensure Surrender them to police or sell them firearms safety: to or through a licensed firearms 1. Treat all firearms as if they are dealer. loaded; Where can I find more information? The information provided in the FACT Sheet is for general guidance only. Applicants and licensees should familiarise themselves with the Firearms Act 1996 and the Firearms Regulation 2006, which are available on the NSW Legislation website - www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.