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Here is a summary of what you need to know and be aware of when considering joining a pistol club -
Introduction to Firearms
All firearms owners and users must be aware of their responsibility under NSW legislation.
All newcomers to firearms must pass the Firearms Licence Qualification course or an approved course so that safe handling and responsibility use of a firearm is common practice.
Why are there Firearm Laws
NSW has firearms laws to protect public safety and promote the responsibility and safe use of firearms.
The Firearms Act 1996 and the Firearms (General) Regulation 1997 contains the rules you need to know to lawfully use and own a firearm in NSW.
What are my legal responsibilities?
As a firearms owner in NSW you are required to familiarize yourself with the Firearms Act and Regulations and comply with all the requirements.
Additionally you must:
Ensure public safety is paramount:
Comply with your licence or permit conditions:
Store your firearm safely so that it is prevented from being lost or stolen.
What are my social responsibilities?
As a firearms owner in NSW you are bound to act in a safe and responsible manner whilst using a firearm and ensure that those around do the same.
Never mix shooting with alcohol or drugs: and
Never act in a foolhardy way around firearms.
What should I do if I become aware of any illegal activity?
If you become aware that illegal firearm activity is occurring, for example, if you know of an unlicensed person who owns a firearm you should contact either:
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Operation Vulcan on 1800 659 657.
Why do I want or need a firearms licence?
If you want to own or possess a firearm for personal or professional reasons in NSW you must have a licence or permit.
You can apply for a licence or permit through the Firearms Registry by calling the Customer Services Line on 1300 362 562 or writing to them at:
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How do I apply for a firearms licence?
To apply for a firearms licence you must:
Determine whether you have a genuine reason for owning or using a firearm.
- Sport/target shooting;
- Recreational hunting/vermin control;
- Primary production;
- Vertebrate pest animal control;
- Business or employment;
- Occupational requirements relating to rural purposes;
- Animal welfare; and
- Firearms collection.
Complete the Firearms Licence Qualification Course or an approved safety course.
Your licence application cannot be approved without providing proof of completion of an approved firearms licence qualification course.
You can undertake such a course at an approved firearms club or organization of your choice.
Contact the Firearms Registry to obtain the necessary forms
Complete the relevant forms and post them to the Firearms Registry along with proof of completion of an approved firearms licence qualification course, proof of identity and other required documents.
What is a Permit to Acquire?
A permit to Acquire is a required for each firearm you want to acquire. The Firearms Registry must wait 28 days after the lodgment of your application before approving it.
Do I need to register my firearms?
All firearms, unless they are exempt, must be registered. The Firearms Registry maintains a central registry of firearms that includes information on the particulars of the firearm, such as its serial number, to enable its identification.
Safe storage (firearms and ammunition)
The safe storage of firearms and ammunition is integral to ensuring that your firearm does not fall into the wrong hands such as children, unauthorised people or criminals. Remember, it is illegal to allow an unauthorised person to possess or use your firearm.
The Firearms Act provides that any firearms owned must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the firearm:
- Is kept safe.
- Is not lost or stolen.
- Does not come into the possession of a person who is not authorised to possess the firearm.
Basic firearms safety
There are four basic rules to ensure firearms safety:
- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded;
- Always point your firearm in a safe direction (never allow the muzzle of your firearm to cover another human being);
- Never load a live round into the chamber of a firearm until you are ready to shoot; and
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
The first rule about firearms is that safety is your top priority. Always follow these general principles:
a. When passing a firearm to someone or when picking a firearm up, check whether the firearm is loaded by opening the action and looking inside the chamber;
b. Your firearm is your responsibility;
c. Always ensure that the firing zone is clear and identify what is beyond your target;
d. When you have finished shooting remove the magazine (if fitted), unload and check that the chamber is empty;
e. Make sure that all firearms are transported securely to prevent misuse or theft;
f. Never allow unauthorised access to your firearms or ammunition;
g. Do not climb fences or obstacles with loaded firearms;
h. Encourage safe and responsible handling of firearms in the field, on the range and within the community;
i. Understand the operation of your firearm, keep it in good repair and always use the correct ammunition;
j. Never store firearms and ammunition together. Ensure they are safely locked away when not in use;
k. Never mix shooting with alcohol or drugs;
l. Be familiar with the legal requirements for safe storage, firearms ownership, possession and use in NSW or in any state or territory you may visit, and
m. Dispose of unwanted firearms lawfully. Surrender them to police or sell them to or through a licensed firearms dealer.