Permit to Acquire a Firearm - Tasmania

Description

You will need this permit if you intend to acquire a firearm. There are five categories of firearm:

  • Category A - firearms such as air rifles, rimfire rifles (other than self loading), shotguns (other than pump action or self loading) or shotgun and rimfire combinations.
  • Category B - firearms such as muzzle loading firearms, centrefire rifles (other than self loading) or shotgun and centrefire rifle combinations.
  • Category C - firearms such as self loading rimfire rifles (with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds), self loading shotguns (with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds) or pump action shotguns (with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds).
  • Category D - firearms such as self loading centrefire rifles, self loading shotguns (with a capacity of more than 5 rounds), pump action shotguns (with a capacity of more than 5 rounds), and self loading rimfire rifles (with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds).
  • Category H - firearms such as pistols or air pistols.

If you are the holder of a category H firearms licence for sport or target shooting, you may apply for a permit to acquire a prohibited pistol for the purpose of participating in a prescribed event.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • have a sufficient reason and need to acquire the firearm
  • hold a firearms licence of the category that is appropriate to the firearm that you intend to acquire
  • be able to meet the storage and safety requirements.

It is a condition of this permit that you are familiar, and willing to comply with, all relevant and current state and commonwealth legislation.

Further eligibility requirements may apply. Please contact the agency for more information.

Duration

A permit is in force for 90 days from the date it is granted or until the date the firearm is acquired.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Firearms Act 1996 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Firearms Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Approval time

A permit will be issued 28 days after lodging of your application. Subsequent permits may be issued after 14 days. These cooling-off periods represent a minimum waiting period and will depend on work-loads.

Administering agency

Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania Police

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Firearms Services

Tasmania Police

Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Tasmania
Operating address: 37 - 43 Liverpool Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 308
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6173 2720
Email: firearms.services@police.tas.gov.au
Website: Tasmania Police (Opens in new window)