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

New Law

From 11 December 2013, the Arms (Military Style Semiautomatic 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

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).

If your semi-automatic rifle or shotgun is affected by the new legislation, you must:

  • Apply to Police for an endorsement specific to that MSSA if you want to keep it OR
  • Dispose of the grip and replace it with an ‘A Category’ compliant stock OR
  • Sell or dispose of the MSSA to a licence holder with an ‘E’ endorsement and a permit to procure, or hand in the MSSA to Police for destruction.

Police will allow affected individuals until 11 June 2014 to comply.

If you want to retain the firearm as a MSSA

  • Licence holders who already have an ‘E’ endorsement specific to other MSSA firearms should apply to have the endorsement made specific to that MSSA (form
    POL67X). There is no fee.
  • Licence holders who do not already have an ‘E’ endorsement specific to other MSSA firearms should apply for the general ‘E’ endorsement (form POL67H) and to have that endorsement made specific to the MSSA (form POL67X). The usual fee will be waived if the application is lodged by 11 June 2014.

MSSA describes a self-loading rifle or shotgun with one or more of the following features:

  • Folding or telescopic butt
  • Magazine that holds, or is detachable and has the appearance of holding, more than 15 cartridges for .22 rimfire
  • Magazine that holds more than 7 cartridges, or is detachable and has the appearance of holding more than 10 cartridges for other than .22 rimfire
  • Bayonet lug
  • Pistol grip as defined by Order in Council
  • Flash suppressor.

You need a specific endorsement (General ‘E’ endorsement coupled with a permit to procure, permit to import or POL 67X) from the Police to possess one of these firearms.

 

Application to Make Endorsement Specific for a Military Style Semi-automatic Firearm - POL 67X (PDF, 98 KB)
Application for an “E” Endorsement (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearm – s.30B Arms Act 1983) - POL 67H (PDF, 104 KB)