Firearms and ammunition storage and transportation

 
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All firearms licence holders must meet requirements for the safe and secure storage and transportation of firearms and ammunition. There are additional security conditions for endorsement holders who own pistols, restricted weapons, and prohibited firearms or prohibited magazines.

 

 

Read the Secure Storage Guidance for Firearms and Ammunition (PDF 945KB) to learn about your responsibilities for storing and transporting firearms and ammunition as a firearms licence holder or applicant.  

   
 

Refer to Rule 6 of The seven firearms safety rules for a brief summary of safe firearm and ammunition storage. 

Video guides on secure storage and transport of firearms and ammunition

The videos below demonstrate how to comply with new regulations, which came into effect on 1 February 2022, and supplement the Secure Storage Guidance for Firearms and Ammunition.

 

Installation kit – basic tools etc required to install a cable lock system or a steel safe

 

Overview of general property security – things to consider to increase overall security at home

 

Basic cable lock system – describes what it is and how to install it. Used for securing a single firearm only to a dwelling

 

Steel safe – considerations and physical installation of a steel gun safe

 

Secure ammunition storage – complying with new law that states firearms and ammunition are to be stored separately

 

Firearms in Motorhomes – considerations for security of firearms in motorhomes/caravans and physical installation of a gun safe into a motorhome

 

Semi-automatic firearms transport – considerations when transporting semi-automatic (or other types that do not have easily removable working parts) firearms

 

Bolt action firearms transport – considerations when transporting bolt action firearms

 

Firearms in unattended vehicles – complying with new laws in relation to stopping for a break in a journey when transporting firearms

 

Changes to legislation

 

On 1 February 2022, the Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 came into force. The Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 makes several updates to the Arms Regulations 1992.

The updates to Arms Regulations 1992 support changes to the Arms Act 1983 made in 2020, with the aim to improve firearms safety and keep the public safe from firearms harm.

The updates to Arms Regulations 1992 aim to help firearms licence holders better understand their compliance requirements and legal obligations.

 

Changes to firearm and ammunition storage and transportation requirements

 

The Arms Amendment Regulations 2021 introduced further changes to firearms storage requirements.

The following areas of firearms storage are affected by the changes to legislation:

  • 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.

 

Helpful information
 
The seven firearms safety rules
Arms Code
 
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