A Collector's Licence (Weapons) may be issued to an individual or body who wishes to collect weapons.
Groups such as private museums, historical societies and R.S.L.'s wishing to possess firearms will require this licence.
This licence may be endorsed for Category A, B, C, D, E, H, M and R weapons. However the licensee may only possess:
Category D, M or R weapons -
(i) for firearms - those made permanenetly inoperable or
(ii) for other weapons - those that are inert.
Category A, B or C weapons that are collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1901, only if the weapons are made temporarily inoperable.
Category H weapons -
(i) manufactured on or after 1 January 1901 and before January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms (collectable handguns)
(ii) manufactured on or after 1 January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms and the licensee's licence is endorsed to allow possession of collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1947('modern collectable handguns') or
(iii) otherwise - they are permanently inoperable.
A collector must not discharge or operate, cause or permit to be discharged or operated any weapon held or proposed to be held under a Collector's Licence, unless authorised to do so under a licence.
See weapons licensing fees, forms and FAQs in other resources.
You can obtain this licence by submitting a completed Form 1 Application for a Licence, Form 1 Annexure Collectors Application and a Form 30 Proof of Identity Declaration" to your local Queensland Police Station. If you are applying for a Category H (Temporarily inoperable) you also need to submit a QP517 Approved Historical Society Declaration (Collectors Licence).
You can obtain copies of these forms from the website or from a Queensland Police station. Please contact Weapons Licensing Branch for further information.
You must also submit the following documents with the application:
- your Queensland driver's licence or if you do not have a Queensland driver's licence, another acceptable form of photographic identification for proof of identity, date of birth and residency
- a completed Weapons Act safety course.