Applying for a new firearm licence
Purchasing or acquiring a firearm
You must have your firearms licence with you whenever you carry your firearm. Anyone who sells you a firearm (i.e., licensed firearms dealers) will need to see your licence. You will also need a permit to acquire a firearm. All sellers are legally required to see the purchaser’s firearm licence and permit to acquire.
Keep a record of the firearms you have bought or sold because if one should be lost, destroyed or stolen you must immediately inform the Police in writing. Upon providing those details (including any police report), the Police will update your firearms records to reflect the change in firearms status.
Only a firearms licence holder can purchase ammunition for the category of their licence.
Disposing of firearms and ammunition
You can hand in any unwanted firearms and ammunition to Victoria Police (including to a Divisional Firearms Officer) or to a Licensed Firearms Dealer. A list of Divisional Firearms Officers is available on www.police.vic.gov.au/firearms.
Other important legal requirements
Change of address
You must notify the Chief Commissioner of Police of any change of address (residential/postal/ordinary storage/place of business for firearms dealers) in writing (to the Licensing and Regulation Division) within 14 days after the change occurs.
Expiry of LicenceIf you intend to make application for renewal of your licence, you must do so to the Chief Commissioner of Police prior to the expiration of your firearm licence.
If you do not intend to apply for renewal of your licence, you must dispose of your firearm(s) to a Licensed Firearms Dealer prior to the expiration of your firearm licence. Failure to dispose of your firearm(s) in these circumstances will result in penalties imposed against you including fines and/or imprisonment.
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