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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.


Information for NSW Firearms Licence Holders

The Firearms Registry is working with local police to identify, contact and provide assistance to customers who have been affected by the bushfires across NSW.

In the event a licence holder needs to make alternate safe storage arrangements, the options available include; a Police Station, Firearms Dealer or another Firearms Licence Holder with an approved safe storage facility who holds the same category of Licence. Some firearms clubs may also be able to facilitate the safe storage of firearms.

It is important to note that persons intending to store firearms at a dealer, must be able to produce their firearms licence and current registration certificate for the firearm/s that are to be stored.

Customers are reminded of the importance and legislative requirement to notify the Firearms Registry of any changes to personal details, including residential, postal, safe storage and contact information. Notification specific to safe storage must be made in writing within 14 days either by:

Affected customers may also contact the Firearms Registry Customer Service Line on 1300 362 562 (9:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday) or your local Police for advice.

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