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Firearms offences / suspension of firearms licence

What are firearms offences?

Firearms offences are governed by the Firearms Act. Imitation firearms are governed by the Control of Weapons Act. Typical firearms offences include possession of a firearm without being licensed, possession of an unregistered firearm, incorrect storage of a firearm, and incorrect storage of ammunition.

What are the penalties for firearms offences?

The penalties vary depending on the offence and the type of firearm involved. Less serious offences, such as incorrect storage of ammunition, are usually punished by a fine. More serious offences, such as possession of a firearm without being licenced can be punished by imprisonment. This is particularly the case if it is alleged that you are a ‘prohibited person’ or the type of firearm is particularly dangerous.

What is a prohibited person?

A prohibited person is a person who is not authorised to possess firearms or have a firearms licence. Only the Chief Commissioner of Police can declare a person to be a prohibited person. A person can be declared a prohibited person if they have an intervention order against them, they have committed a serious offence, or they have breached the Firearms Act.

I have been declared a prohibited person. What should I do?

You may be able to appeal the decision. Strict time limits apply. You should contact our office immediately for advice from one of our experienced criminal lawyers.

The police have suspended my firearms licence. What should I do?

Police can serve a person with a suspension of firearms notice for a range of reasons, such as:

  • there are allegations of domestic violence against you,
  • it is alleged that you have breached the conditions of your firearms licence,
  • you have been charged with an offence.

If police have suspended your firearms licence you should contact our office immediately for legal advice. You can appeal the suspension but strict time limits apply.

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