Weapons Act 1990 - Queensland

Service summary

Object or Purpose of this legislative Instrument:

To regulate or prohibit the purchase, possession, use, carrying and sale of certain weapons and articles and to prevent the misuse of weapons.

Scope of this legislative Instrument:

The Act regulates the possession and use of weapons by the general public and the business community and provides for the issue of specific licences and approvals to weapons dealers, collectors, repairers and users.

It also makes provision for court proceedings, disposal of confiscated weapons, serving of notices and penalties for offences against the Act.

The Regulation prescribes licence fees and sets out certain responsibilities of licence holders.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Weapons Regulation 1996
  • Explosives Regulation 2003
  • Weapons Categories Regulation 1997
  • Security Providers Regulation 2008

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • Firearms Safety Code

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Definition of terms

Armourer

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

Dealer

means a person, other than an armourer or theatrical supplier, who

  1. carries on the business, whether or not for reward or benefit, of acquiring, selling or otherwise disposing of weapons in any way; or
  2. for trade or business, displays a weapon for sale or possesses a weapon for sale.
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.
Theatrical ordnance supplier

means a person who, wholly or partly, carries on the business, whether or not for reward or benefit, of supplying on a temporary basis, weapons for use in theatrical, film or television productions, where the supplying involves no change in the ownership of the weapons.

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.

Additional information

Local authority by laws relating to business premises may need to be consulted.

The Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989 and the Security Providers Act 1993 may also need to be consulted in conjunction with the Weapons Act 1990.

In regional areas information can also be obtained from Local Police Stations.

Administering agency

Queensland Police
Weapons Licensing

Act(s) name

Weapons Act 1990 (Queensland)

Contact details

Senior Sergeant
Queensland Police
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:

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