Important Changes to Arms Act 1983 - semi-automatic firearm, air rifle or air pistol

Important Changes to Arms Act 1983 - semi-automatic firearm, air rifle or air pistol

Date Published: 
December 2013

From 11 December 2013, the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act 2012 comes into effect:

  • It creates a new category of restricted airgun
  • It changes the definition of the type of pistol grip that will make a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun a MSSA.

MSSA Firearms are classed as any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun which has a pistol grip as defined in the Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms – Pistol Grips) Order 2013 will become a Military Style Semi-automatic firearm (MSSA).