On 1 February 2022, the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 came into force and caused the Arms Regulations 1992 to be updated. To improve firearms safety and keeping the public safe from firearms harm, changes made in 2020 to the Arms Act 1983 are being supported by clarification and additions to the Arms Regulations 1992.
The Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 update the Arms Regulations 1992. It will assist those with a firearms licence understand their compliance requirements by giving greater transparency to the licence holder’s legal obligations.
The regulations have introduced further changes to Firearms Storage requirements, which relate to:
- premises and buildings
- secure storage requirements for mobile homes, caravans and campervans
- security requirements for firearms and ammunition in vehicles during transportation
- carriage of firearms on public transport
All firearms licence holders are subject to conditions that require the safe and secure storage of their firearms and ammunition. There are additional conditions relating to security that apply to endorsement holders who possess pistols, restricted weapons, and prohibited firearms or prohibited magazines.
Secure Storage Guidance for Firearms and Ammunition (PDF 945KB) has been created by Police with assistance from the Firearms Community Advisory Forum (FCAF) and is designed to assist firearms licence and endorsement holders and firearms licence applicants understand how the security conditions may be met.
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