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New Firearms Legislation for a safer South Australia

New Firearms Legislation for a safer South Australia

From today,  Saturday, 1 July 2017, the new Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017 legislation becomes operative in South Australia.

The date coincides with the commencement of the National Firearms Amnesty and a new, permanent General Firearms Amnesty in South Australia.

Developed after several years of industry consultation, the new state firearms legislation will enhance public safety by specifically targeting criminals and reinforcing obligations on licensed firearms owners  by introducing higher standards of security for the privilege of owning firearms.

New offences, penalties and powers for police and the Registrar of Firearms have been introduced with the key changes including:

  • Firearms Prohibition Orders can be issued against a member or former member of a criminal organisation, including an outlaw motorcycle gang.
  • Boosted minimum standards for security, storage and transport of firearms and ammunition  governed by a Code of Practice.
  • Periods of automatic licence disqualification for those found guilty of serious offences
    Introduction of mandatory reporting of unsafe situations where firearms are kept, including  where mental health issues are known.
  • South Australia’s current state firearms amnesty, commenced in December 2015, will remain as an ongoing general amnesty from Saturday, 1 July 2017. This will provide people with a permanent system to surrender unwanted, old or unsafe firearms.

A 12 month transition period will assist those existing firearms licensees who need to upgrade their security arrangements.

For more details on the new South Australian Firearms Legislation please visit here:

https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/firearms-and-weapons/firearms-changes-2017

Find out all the information about South Australia’s participation in the National Firearms Amnesty here:   www.firearmsamnesty.ag.gov.au

This site also has a helpful interactive post-code finder, to find the nearest drop-off point and how and where to surrender firearms.

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