The Firearms Branch issues licences for firearms and ammunition, approves and registers firearms and issues permits for prohibited weapons.
Firearms changes 2017
For the new Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017 which come into effect on 1 July 2017, a number of information guides have been prepared to assist you in understanding the key legislative changes and how the changes will affect you.
Do you have unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms, firearm parts, mechanisms, fittings, prohibited firearm accessories, silencers or ammunition? You can hand these into a participating licensed firearms dealer or a police station for surrender or free registration under an ongoing General Amnesty in South Australia which is provided for in the new firearms legislation. Conditions apply. Read more.
Under the Firearms Act 2015, a firearm is defined as a device:
This means devices that were previously not categorised as a firearm, such as deactivated and non-handheld firearms, are now captured under the Act. If you own such an item you will be required to obtain a licence and register it. Please see the Transitioning to the new legislation guide for further details.
An imitation firearm which includes items such as a child’s toy or novelty item (cigarette lighter), do not require registering in South Australia under firearms legislation.
However, a regulated imitation firearm is defined as a firearm and can only be possessed by a person who is licenced and has registered it correctly, otherwise penalties may apply.
Under the Firearms Regulations 2017, a regulated imitation firearm is defined as a device that:
a) can be adapted to function as a firearm with a moderate exercise of skill and effort; and
b) is constructed of material of sufficient strength to sustain the pressures of firing ammunition, paint-balls, airgun
pellets or other similar projectiles.
If you require further advice then please contact Firearms Branch.
Individuals, health professionals, employers and firearms clubs must report any suspicions about a person's fitness to possess a firearm to the Registrar of Firearms.
The security of firearms is paramount for a safe South Australia. If you reasonably believe another person is not storing their firearms or ammunition correctly then you must report it to police.
If you are a license holder then you must give the Registrar written notice of a change of name or address or any other detail recorded on the licence to avoid a fine.