Prohibited firearms added

There are a small group of additional firearms that are now prohibited as follows.

There is now a small additional group of prohibited firearms including:

  1. A centrefire pump-action rifle that is capable of being used with a detachable magazine
  2. A centrefire pump-action rifle that has one or more no-detachable magazines (tubular or otherwise) that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges commensurate with that firearm’s chamber size.
  3. A semi-automatic pistol that is not a small semi-automatic pistol. In addition, semi-automatic firearms that have a lower receiver and are capable of firing only 0.22 (or lower) rimfire cartridges that have a magazine capable of holding no more than 10 cartridges will only be non-prohibited where the lower receiver is not able to be attached to a centrefire upper receiver so that the resulting firearm is able to function. So, if the lower receiver can be attached to and function with a centrefire upper receiver, the firearm will be a prohibited firearm.

If you want to continue to possess one of these firearms, you will need to apply for an endorsement, and a permit to possess or import. Find more information on how to apply for an endorsement and permit to possess or import, and who is eligible.

For information about firearms that remain prohibited firearms since April 2019, see: 2019 Firearm law changes (Arms Amendment Bill 2).

Small semi-automatic pistols excluded from definition of prohibited firearm

A “small semi-automatic pistol” is excluded from the definition of prohibited firearm and means a semi-automatic pistol that:

  • has an overall length of 400 millimetres or less, excluding any silencer, pistol carbine conversion kit, or other muzzle-fitting attachment; and
  • has a barrel length of 101 millimetres or more; and
  • is capable of firing specified ammunition (ammunition used on pistol shooting ranges approved by the Commissioner) only at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less; and
  • is suitable for shooting on a certified pistol range

Semi-automatic pistols held on some endorsements not treated as prohibited firearms

A semi-automatic pistol possessed by a person who has an endorsement on their licence under section 30 of the Act and a permit to possess/import, permitting them to possess that semi-automatic pistol in their capacity as a collector, museum director/curator, approved employee/member of a broadcaster/theatrical society etc, or as an heirloom/memento is not a prohibited firearm.

Video on changes to prohibited firearms

This video details the new small group of additional prohibited firearms and also the new requirements on possessing a pistol carbine conversion kit.