Approval to Conduct an Arms Fair - Queensland

Service summary

You require this approval to conduct an arms fair.

You do not require licensing or registration for antique firearms. However, should you acquire a firearm/weapon you must possess a permit to acquire unless otherwise authorised.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Antique firearm

means a thing, mentioned in paragraph (a), (b)(i), (c) or (d) of the definition firearm and manufactured before 1 January 1901, that is one of the following:

  1. a muzzle loading firearm; or
  2. a cap and ball firearm; or
  3. a firearm in relation to which an authorised officer decides under Section 154 that ammunition is not commercially available.
Antique handgun

means an antique firearm, other than a pre percussion handgun that is less than 75 cm in length.

Collectable firearm

means a firearm that is of obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value. For their historic, thematic, commemorative or investment value. Examples: Historic value: A definite period in history must be identified. For example, France, the trench warfare of World War 1. Who used the weapon? Why was this weapon used? These are some points to be addressed. Thematic value: A definite theme must be identified. Who used the weapon? Why was the weapon used? What is the theme (police jurisdiction, armed forces, intelligence organisations or peace keeping operations)? In which sphere of engagement (warfare) was the weapon used? Why was this weapon used as opposed to other similar weapons? Commemorative value: Some weapons have been released as collector weapons. These weapons are strictly commemorative issue, and were released to celebrate certain milestones in history, for example the one-hundredth anniversary of the Winchester Rifle. Investment value: Some weapons due to low numbers manufactured have become very collectable and as such, the value of these weapons is continuing to increase. Weapons released as commemorative issues would also fall into this criterion.


means a person who collects or holds out as being ready to collect, whether on behalf of the collector or another person, a weapon or weapons.



  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.


  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

Your local authority may have related requirements which must be met. You must provide details of security arrangements.


You cannot transfer this approval.


This approval remains in effect for the term stated on the approval.


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

Other resources


You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed "Application for an Approval to conduct an Arms Fair" (Form 15D) to a Queensland Police station. You can obtain copies of this form from the website or from a Queensland Police Station. Please contact Weapons Licensing Branch for further information.

Your application must be lodged at least 28 days prior to the event.

Additional information

You are required to register antique handguns. Refer to section 49(3) of the Weapons Act 1990.

Section 68F of the Weapons Regulation 1996 relates to the Notice of Acquisition of antique handgun for registration:

A person who acquires an antique handgun must, by written notice given within 14 days after acquiring the antique handgun, provide the following information to the Commissioner:

  1. the name and address of the person;
  2. the type, make, calibre, action, magazine capacity and any serial number of the antique handgun;
  3. the place where the antique handgun is generally kept.

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
Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 892
Queensland 4001


07 3015 7777


07 3015 7788


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