FIREARMS REGISTRY Introduction to Firearms

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                   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
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
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.
  * 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.

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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),  
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;
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.

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 -

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