Permit regulation changes

Permit to import changes

The following items now require a permit to import (in addition to firearms, firearm parts, pistols, starting pistols, restricted airguns, restricted weapons, and prohibited items) (s18):

  • all ammunition both prohibited and non-prohibited (other than projectiles for airguns);
  • a pistol carbine conversion kit;
  • an air pistol carbine conversion kit;
  • all blank-firing guns (which includes starting pistols)

As is already the case for other items, Police may require a sample of these items to be imported and produced for examination and testing. Approval of the sample by Police is needed before any further permit is granted to import the item.

Prohibited ammunition may be imported under a permit to import by a licence holder who is permitted under the regulations to possess prohibited ammunition. The categories of people who may possess prohibited ammunition and the notification requirements are set out in regulation 28Y of the Arms Regulations 1992.

The parts that require a permit to import have been specified in more detail as follows:

  1. means –
    1. any component that, of itself, is essential to the discharge of any shot, bullet, missile, or other projectile from the firearm or restricted weapon; and
    2. any component that is exclusively designed to be, or is intended to be, an integral part of the firearm or restricted weapon (for example, a butt, stock, magazine, or other component that feeds or contributes to feeding ammunition to the firearm or restricted weapon); and
  2. includes the following components or accessories that can be fitted to, or adapted to fit, a firearm or restricted weapon:
    1. grips
    2. frames
    3. chassis systems
    4. magazine adapters
    5. magazine couplers
    6. magazine loaders
    7. flash suppressors
    8. silencers
    9. folding or telescoping stocks;

A permit to import is automatically revoked if, for the purposes of issuing that permit to import, the applicant was required to hold a firearms licence and/or endorsement which is subsequently revoked, suspended, expired, or has been surrendered (s 18AAC - excluding permits to import air pistol carbine conversion kits).

Items imported under a permit must be shipped either:

  • in a single consignment; or
  • in multiple consignments that arrive in a period of no more than 30 days between the arrival of the first and last consignments (s18AAD).

The permit ceases to apply to any item in the permit that was not included in the consignment/s described above.


Permit to Possess changes

A permit to possess a pistol carbine conversion kit (PCC kit) (s35AAA) may only be issued if the member of Police is satisfied that:

  • the applicant holds a dealer’s licence that bears an endorsement permitting the holder to possess a pistol, and the applicant has a permit to import or possess a pistol; or
  • the applicant holds a firearms licence bearing an endorsement permitting the holder to possess a pistol (such as a Collector endorsement) and the applicant has a permit to import or possess a pistol.

If the PCC kit is to be used by the endorsement holder in their capacity as a target pistol shooting club member, the member of Police must also be satisfied that the PCC kit:

  1. enables a pistol with an overall length of not more than 400 millimetres and that is capable of firing specified ammunition (ammunition specified in the rules of the pistol target shooting discipline) at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less to be fired from the shoulder; and
  2. does not modify the pistol in any other way.

If the PCC kit is being obtained by mail order or internet sale, see also mail order or internet sale changes.


Mail order or Internet Sale changes

The rules relating to the sale of firearms items by Internet transaction or mail order (s43A) have been clarified and expanded. Both mail order and internet sales are now expressly included.

Internet and mail order sales of airguns (excluding those used in airsoft or paintball), pistol carbine conversion kits, and parts (that are not prohibited parts) will now require a written order under s43A(1). This was previously (and remains) a requirement for non-prohibited firearms and ammunition. The written order must be:

  • signed by the purchaser; and
  • stating the identifying markings on the arms item if it is a non-prohibited firearm, magazine, part, or pistol carbine conversion kit; and
  • signed by a member of the Police stating that the member of the Police:
    • has inspected the purchaser’s firearms licence; and
    • in the case of a PCC kit, has inspected the purchasers permit issued under s35AAA (note that transfers of PCC kits also require a permit to possess); and
    • is satisfied that the purchaser is a fit and proper person to purchase the arms item or ammunition.

Pistols, restricted weapons, prohibited firearms and prohibited magazines

For mail order or internet sales of a pistol, restricted weapon, prohibited firearm or prohibited magazine, s43A(3) provides that in addition to the purchaser obtaining an endorsement and permit to possess the item, the item must be delivered by a courier specified in the permit.

Prohibited parts

For mail order or internet sales of prohibited parts, the purchaser needs to have both:

  • an endorsement on their licence authorising them to possess a prohibited firearm (s 50C and 43A(3)(a)); and
  • a form from Police specifying the courier that will be delivering the parts (s 43A(3)(c)).


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