Firearms licence holders and dealers are required to meet secure storage standards for firearms and ammunition.

On 1 February 2022, a key change to the Arms Regulations 1992 came into effect. Some of the changes relate to the secure storage of ammunition for ammunition sellers, and anyone with a dealer’s licence that is selling ammunition*.



Meeting the new requirements

Police recognise that in the short term some dealers and ammunition sellers might be challenged to fully meet the new requirements. This may be more challenging during the duck hunting season when demand for ammunition is high.

Dealers may also have issues with supply of materials and services needed to upgrade their security required for their section 8A or section 9H obligations.

Despite these difficulties, Police ask all ammunition sellers and firearms dealers to make every effort to meet the secure storage of ammunition requirements at the earliest opportunity.


Secure storage guidance document

To support and help ammunition sellers and dealers comply with the new requirements, Police are working with dealer representatives to develop a secure storage of firearms and ammunition guide for dealers.

Police ask that where existing storage security practices may not fully comply, the following should be in place:

  • Ammunition in display cases at or behind counters is actively monitored by store staff.
  • On-floor bulk ammunition is actively monitored by staff and the ammunition itself is bulky and heavy.
  • Other store security provisions are put in place, such as:
    • customer entry door access monitoring, staff visibility, active customer monitoring
    • video surveillance to maintain supervision of public access to the ammunition in store.
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Helpful information
Dealer Licences required for firearms activity operators
February 2022 arms regulation updates
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