Frequently Asked Questions - Firearms and Ammunition
- What is a Firearm Registration Certificate?
- What if I have the registration certificate, but the firearm details are incorrect?
- What are the requirements for the disposal, loss or theft of a firearm?
- How do I lawfully dispose of a firearm?
- Can I alter or repair a firearm?
- How do I arrange for my firearm safe storage to be inspected?
- Can I lend or borrow a firearm?
- What requirements must be met to acquire ammunition?
What is a Firearm Registration Certificate?
A Firearm Registration Certificate is proof that a firearm is registered. The full description of the firearm, including its serial number and registration number, are on the certificate as well as the name and licence number of the registered owner. If you have misplaced a Firearm Registration Certificate for a registered firearm, you can request a duplicate Firearm Registration Certificate by completing the following form:
What if I have the registration certificate, but the firearm details are incorrect?
If the details of your firearm are not correct on the registration certificate, you must take your firearm and the registration certificate to a firearms dealer or police who will re-identify the firearm. The dealer/police will amend the firearm details directly on the front of the registration certificate, complete their details and sign the reverse side. The amended registration certificate must then be sent to the Firearms Registry to allow for your firearm record to be updated. Once updated, your new registration certificate will be automatically issued and posted to you.
What are the requirements for the disposal, loss or theft of a firearm?
If a firearm is lost or stolen the registered owner of the firearm must notify Police immediately and notify the Firearms Registry in writing within 7 days and provide particulars of the loss or theft as per the requirements of clause 104(2) of the Firearms Regulation 2006.
If a firearm is disposed the registered owner of the firearm must notify the Firearms Registry in writing within 7 days and provide particulars of the sale as per the requirements of clause 104(1) of the Firearms Regulation 2006.
How do I lawfully dispose of a firearm?
You may only dispose of a firearm via a licensed firearms dealer or by unconditional surrender to police.
Disposal of a firearm to another firearms licence holder including family members and friends:
The disposal of a firearm must be witnessed by a licensed firearms dealer. The firearms dealer must confirm that the buyer is authorised to possess and use the firearm by a current firearms licence or permit and the buyer must produce a valid Permit to Acquire for the category of firearm and proof of identity before the dealer can complete the transaction. The firearms dealer will notify the Firearms Registry of the acquisition
The firearms dealer will also complete the 'Notice of Disposal' on the reverse of your Firearm Registration Certificate and you must send a copy of the Notice of Disposal to the Firearms Registry within seven (7) days of disposing of the firearm.
Note, in prescribed circumstances Police may transact the sale of a firearm – refer clause 124(2) of the Firearms Regulation 2006.
Disposal of a firearm to a licensed firearms dealer:
A firearm may be disposed to a licensed firearms dealer. After agreeing on terms the firearms dealer will acquire the firearm into his stock and complete the 'Notice of Disposal' on the reverse of your Firearm Registration Certificate. You must send a copy of the Notice of Disposal to the Firearms Registry within seven (7) days of disposing of the firearm.
If you no longer wish to keep a firearm:
You may lawfully dispose of the firearm by unconditional surrender to police. You must still complete the disposal details on the reverse of your Firearm Registration Certificate and return this to the Firearms Registry within seven (7) days of disposing of the firearm to police. Include details of the event number or miscellaneous property book receipt provided by police.
If you come into possession of an unregistered firearm:
You must immediately surrender the firearm to police. It is an offence for a person to supply, acquire, possess or use a firearm that is not registered.
Can I alter or repair a firearm?
No, only a licensed firearms dealer is authorised to manufacture, repair and convert firearms or firearm parts.
How do I arrange for my firearm safe storage to be inspected?
Police carry out regular inspections of firearm safe storage and will contact you to arrange an appointment when they are planning to conduct safe storage inspections in your area.
Alternatively, you can contact your local Licensing Police and make arrangements for your firearm safe storage to be inspected – use the Your Police search tool on the NSW Police website at to locate your local Police Station http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/
Licensing Police will determine whether storage arrangement are acceptable under Part 4 of the Firearms Act 1996, Part 4A of the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 or comply with conditions imposed on a firearms licence or permit.
Can I lend or borrow a firearm?
Firearms licence holders can possess and use a registered firearm of the category and for the genuine reason authorised by their firearms licence – please refer to the Legislative Requirements for Firearms Licence Holders available on the Legislation page.
What this means is you can possess and use the category of firearm you are authorised for on your licence, whether they are registered to you or registered to another firearms licence holder.
You must confirm the firearm is registered and the firearms licence holder has a valid firearms licence. Ask to see the Registration Certificate for the firearm and the person’s Firearms Licence Card.
If the firearm will be stored at another location for more than 14 days, the registered owner of the firearm must notify the Firearms Registry in writing of the new safe storage location – this can be done on-line by completing the Change of Personal Details Form.
What requirements must be met to acquire ammunition?
Sections 65 & 45A of the Firearms Act 1996 prescribe that ammunition for a firearm may only be supplied to a person who produces at the time of the sale:
- Identification showing the name and address of the purchaser, and
- A current firearms licence or permit for a firearm that takes the type of ammunition being purchased, or
- A permit authorising the person to purchase the ammunition.
If the ammunition being purchased is for a pistol, in addition to the above the buyer must produce the following at the time of sale:
- The registration certificate for the firearm taking that type of ammunition, or
- An issued permit to acquire for a firearm which takes that ammunition.
For further information refer to:
- FACT Sheet - Ammunition Safe Storage, Purchase and Possession (PDF)
- Go to Frequently Asked Questions - Purchasing a Firearm (Webpage)