Buying a Rifle or Shotgun in Queensland

  • Get a Category A/B Licence! I probably shouldn’t have to mention this, but it’s something that’s good to have.
  • Find your firearm. This is the fun part! Go find something you want to buy. I won’t cover getting the best firearm for your needs here, but take your time. Pay a deposit if the dealer requires it, or put it on hold.
  • Complete your form 28 (Application for Permit to Acquire).
    1. Either fill out a form 28, available on the Weapons Licencing Forms Page or
    2. Fill out the online PTA application.
  • If you’re doing the paper form - submit the form 28 to your local police station.
    1. There will be a fee of $31.10 to submit each of these forms (as of 24/8/2012). Unless you’re going to a regional office, take exact change - some stations won’t have an EFTPOS machine, and even fewer will be able to provide change.
    2. Remember to all your paperwork. 100 points of identification, club membership and your safety course certificate.
  • Wait for them to process the form.This can take between one week and several months due to various reasons.
    1. If it’s been a month since you submitted paperwork, call weapons licensing on 07 3015 7777. Make sure you have your licence number handy as they’ll ask for this. Ask simply if they have received your paperwork and if they have a case number yet. Write it down somewhere safe.
    2. If you need to call up again, ask for an update on the case number you got last time. It makes it much easier for everyone if you have the case number and your licence number handy.
  • Receive your PTA - they’ll either send it directly to you or fax a copy to your dealer.
  • If you’re buying from:
    1. A dealer: take your PTA to the dealer and they’ll complete the appropriate details on your PTA to allow you to take ownership.
    2. A person: Take gun and PTA to dealer, they can charge you $11 for brokerage.
  • Enjoy your new firearm!
  • You should receive a letter showing your updated list of firearms ownership in a few weeks.

    FAQ

    • It’s been a long time and I haven’t heard!
      If it’s been a month since you submitted paperwork, call weapons licensing on 07 3015 7777. Ask simply if they have received your paperwork and if they have a case number yet.
    • **What storage is required for these firearms?

    ** According to my interpretation of the Weapons Regulations (1996) Section 60 (Queensland), for Cat A/B weapons:

    * You are required to store your firearms unloaded in a locked container with the bolt removed or the action open. * The container must be rigid and made of solid steel or timber. * If it weighs less than 150kg, it must be securely fixed to the floor or frame of the structure it is in. * The locking mechanism must be a sturdy combination/padlock or other keyed lock. * This storage does not need to be at your primary place of residence - for example I have all my firearms stored at my friend’s house, where there is sufficient storage which meets the above requirements. * Handguns/Cat H are different, basically only metal and needs to be bolted to the frame regardless of weight.

    All information on this page is as per my understanding only. Also it only applies to those who are bound by the Queensland Act and or Regulations. E&OE, IANAL etc.

     



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