Armourer's Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence to store, manufacture, modify or repair weapons in the course of business.

It does not authorise the dealing in, or the buying and selling of weapons.

As an armourer you cannot trade, buy or sell firearms.

You must lodge the application for renewal at a Queensland Police station at least the day before the expiry date of the licence.

You do this by submitting a completed Form 6A - "Application for Renewal of Licence" to a Queensland Police station.

Your application must be received before the day the licence expires.

Application forms for renewal will be posted to you. If you do not receive the forms prior to expiry of the licence, the onus is on you, the licensee can obtain renewal forms from a Queensland Police station or from the website.

Should you acquire a firearm/weapon other than through a licensed firearms dealer you are required to broker the acquisition through a licensed dealer, or a police officer only if there is no dealership within 100kms.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Definition of terms

Armourer

means a person who stores, manufactures, modifies or repairs weapons in the course of the person's business.

Firearm

means

  1. a gun or other thing ordinarily described as a firearm; or
  2. a thing ordinarily described as a weapon that, if used in the way for which it was designed or adapted, is capable of being aimed at a target and causing death or injury by discharging;
    1. a projectile; or
    2. noxious, corrosive or irritant liquid, powder, gas, chemical or other substance; or
  3. a thing that would be a firearm as mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) if it were not temporarily inoperable or incomplete; or
  4. a major component of a firearm; but does not include
  5. an antique firearm, explosive tool, captive bolt humane killer, spear gun, longbow or crossbow; or
  6. a replica of a spear gun, longbow or crossbow; or
  7. a slingshot, shanghai or sword. Example: a replica of a gun capable of causing death or injury by discharging a projectile is a firearm. However, a replica of a gun not capable of causing death or injury by discharging a projectile is not a firearm.
Licensed armourer

means the person in whose name an armourer''s licence, in force at the material time, has been issued.

Weapon

means

  1. a firearm; or
  2. another thing prescribed under a regulation to be a weapon or within a category of weapon; or
  3. a thing that would be a weapon mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b), if it were not temporarily inoperable or incomplete.

Eligibility requirements


You must:

  • have attained at least 18 years of age;
  • have a registered business providing details of the enterprise (e.g. sole provider);
  • provide a company extract detailing office holders of the company;
  • have approval from local council authority;
  • have completed the relevant Statement of Attainment for the categories of weapons they wish to be licensed for;
  • have adequate knowledge of safety practices relating to the use and maintenance of weapons for the category of weapons applied for;
  • provide a resume or details of experience with firearms relating to industry;
  • provide information re tools/equipment;
  • provide information re work intentions;
  • not be disqualified by the Weapons Act from holding a licence;
  • be a fit and proper person with specific reference to mental state, misuse of drugs and/or firearms, offences involving violence or threatened violence, and not subject to an order under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989;
  • have demonstrated ability to manufacture, modify or repair weapons.

Your business premises and all storage and display facilities must be reasonably secure from unlawful entry and comply with the minimum safety standards as prescribed within the Weapons Regulation 1996.

Your local council may have additional requirements which must be met.

Transferability

You can transfer this licence.

The purchaser must be a person to whom a licence would have been issued.

The purchaser must provide all information required to obtain this licence.

You can transfer this licence by submitting a completed Change of Business Particulars - Other Reasons (Form 4D) and an Application for a Licence, Firearms List, Proof of Identity Declaration, and Annexure - Occupational Armourer, at a Queensland Police station.

If an authorised officer approves the transfer, the purchaser will be taken to be the holder of the licence from the time the sale is finalised until the licence is formally transferred or a fresh licence is issued in the purchaser's name for the balance of the original licence's term.

Duration

This licence remains in effect for a maximum of five years.

Fees

See weapons licensing fees, forms and FAQs in other resources.

Other resources

Application

You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Application for a Licence, Firearms List, Proof of Identity Declaration, and Annexure - Occupational Armourer, at a Queensland Police station.

You must also submit all other required information as detailed.

You must have the business premises inspected by Police.

It is highly advisable to contact the Inspections Team, Weapons Licensing Branch, to discuss storage requirements for this type of licence.

Armourers may not claim a restricted licence under Section 39(2) of the Weapons Regulations 1996.


Additional information

You can obtain copies of these forms from the website or from a Queensland Police station.

Administering agency

Queensland Police Service
Weapons Licensing

Act(s) name

Weapons Act 1990 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Weapons Regulation 2016 (Queensland)

Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 (Queensland)

Contact details

Senior Sergeant
Queensland Police Service
Weapons Licensing

Operating address:
Floor 7, 46 Charlotte Street
Brisbane
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 892
Brisbane
Queensland 4001

Phone:

07 3015 7777

Fax:

07 3015 7788

Website:

Queensland Police Service Opens in a new browser window

Supporting information

Disclaimer

The information contained on the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) web site, or via packages or other sources is intended for general guidance only.

To the full extent permitted by law, the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments make no representations or warranties (expressed or implied) in relation to the information, including its accuracy, currency or completeness.

The business information provided does not constitute professional or legal advice, nor is the use of any third party resource an endorsement of the information contained, the associated organisation, product or service. It is recommended that you obtain appropriate professional and /or independent legal advice to ensure that the material provided here is relevant to your particular circumstances.

To the full extent permitted by law the Federal, State, Territory and Local Governments, their employees and agents do not accept any liability for any reason, including without limitation, liability in negligence, to any person for the general information which is provided herein, or in respect of anything, including the consequences of anything done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the information.