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Call for Members  - Firearm Registry Consultative Committee

The Firearms Registry Consultative Council is being established to create a forum for the regular exchange of information and ideas between those involved in firearms regulation and the NSW Police Force on issues relevant to firearms regulation and public safety.

The Firearms Registry is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the Council for a two-year period, until March 2023. We are interested in people across the spectrum of the firearms industry from sport, interest areas such as collecting or hunting, manufacturing, importation, retail, primary production, gun control, victim services, public health and law reform. We are looking for firearm sector experts who can contribute constructively to raising opportunities, and identifying barriers, for the better regulation of firearms and to improving compliance with legislative requirements.

Membership of the Firearms Registry Consultative Council is for a term of two years. Be at the forefront of consultation on firearm administration and regulation best practice by providing insight and advice straight to the regulator.

Click here for expression of interest application form and further information here https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms_FRCC

Any queries can be directed to Georgina Gold Manager Operations and Policy gold1geo@police.nsw.gov.au

Connecting for a safer community

The NSW Firearms Registry is enhancing processes for new firearm licence applications, renewal of firearm licences and permits to acquire (PTA) for applicants and pistol clubs.

A number of online services are now available for Firearms Registry customers via the NSW Police Force Community Portal.

The changes see real-time efficiencies for the NSW Firearms Registry, as well as:

  • Real-time checks against the NSW Police Force licensing system
  • Explanations throughout the application to guide the customer to accurately answer questions
  • Back end logic to support customers in making the right selection for the appropriate genuine reason for their licence
  • A seamless user experience when completing applications, including applicant notifications reducing the need to contact the Firearms Registry
  • Decrease manual processing for clubs by introducing a digital approval for certifying applicants with Category H PTA applications
  • Reducing error opportunities by introducing back end validations when completing applications
  • Quicker turnaround times for compliant applications

The new changes were released on 25 February 2021 and are part of a phased delivery of digital services for the NSW firearms community.

Download the Gun Safe and the Club Confirmation poster for more information.

Completion of P650 Declaration –

Unlicensed person shooting on an Approved Range to undertake an approved Firearms Safety Training Course

A new process has been implemented to allow the Firearms Registry to provide applicants the ability to submit an application for a Firearms Permit if they have answered yes to the Question (a) under Section B of the P650 Declaration form - “Have you in NSW or elsewhere been refused or prohibited from holding a firearms licence or permit or had a firearms licence or permit suspended, cancelled or revoked?”

If approved for issue, the permit will authorise a person, in the above circumstance only, to undertake an approved firearms safety course on an approved Range within NSW.

For additional information please go to the frequently asked questions section at www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms/clubs/firearms_safety_training_instructor/frequently_asked_questions_on_the_p650_process.

Details on how to fill out the application, including the relevant forms can be found on the website at https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms/permits/firearms_permits/undertake_a_firearms_safety_training_course.

Interstate Clubs

The Firearms Regulation 2017 (NSW) allows for the NSW Firearms Registry to approve interstate clubs as principal clubs for NSW licence holders. The relevant clause was drafted with the intent to permit NSW firearms licence holders to undertake shooting activities at clubs operating near or on the borders rather than travelling long distances to a NSW club.

The NSW Police Force has no concerns about NSW licence holders joining interstate clubs as associate members or participating in activities at interstate clubs; however, if a licence holder declares an interstate club as their principal club it falls outside of our regulatory jurisdiction for auditing and compliance requirements.

Nothing stops an individual licence holder from belonging to an interstate club in addition to their principal club for ease of access to a range or competition.

The NSW Firearms Registry is currently rolling out a digital platform to manage reporting requirements of clubs and the inclusion of interstate clubs with reporting requirements presents a number of added and significant challenges.

The Firearms Registry has been in consultation with interstate clubs about these issues and has only cancelled approvals of clubs that have agreed they no longer see the need for NSW approval.

If for some reason an interstate club were to disagree with a NSW Firearms Registry decision to cancel their approval, there are appeal mechanisms that can be employed by the club via internal review and external review to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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