Firearm's Licence - Queensland

Service summary

You require this licence to possess and/or use any Category A, B, C or D weapon for sports/target shooting, recreational shooting or occupational requirement including rural purposes.

The issue of Category C firearms licences is restricted to clay target club members who have a physical need for the type of firearm or where a member has held a current licence in another state for this purpose.

  • Cat C for occupational fishermen
  • Cat C for occupational on a rural property.

The issue of Category D firearms licences is restricted to occupational culling of animals.

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.

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 received before the day the licence expires.

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

Service type

Licence

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

Definition of terms

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.
Possession

includes, in relation to any thing

  1. having the thing in one''s custody;
  2. having the thing under one''s control in any place, whether or not another has custody of the thing;
  3. having an ability to obtain custody of the thing at will;
  4. having a claim to custody of the thing which the claimant has committed to the custody of another, notwithstanding that the thing is temporarily not in the control of the person having such claim.
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 adequate knowledge of safety practices relating to the use and maintenance of weapons for the category of weapon/s applied for by completion of the 30655QLD course in firearms safety;
  • 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 and offences involving violence or threatened violence, and not subject to an order under the Domestic and Family Violence Protection Act 1989.

Transferability

You cannot transfer this licence.

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, Form 1 Annexure that pertains to your specific genuine reason and a form 30 Proof of Identity Declaration at a Queensland Police station.

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 all other required information as detailed:

  • 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;
  • your completed Safety course certificate;
  • proof or your genuine reason for possessing a licence, i.e. club membership, written permission of landowner, etc.

Additional information

The licence cannot be issued to you until at least 28 days after the application if you do not hold a licence of another class.

You can only sell a rifle or shotgun to a licence holder issued with a permit to acquire or a licensed dealer.

A person who is over 11 years of age and under 18 years of age wishing to use weapons at an approved club in the sport of target shooting or primary production use, should apply for a 'Minor's Licence' at a local 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:

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Supporting information

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