Firearms Branch is best contacted via email.
General enquiries SAPOL.FirearmsBranch@police.sa.gov.au
Self Audit enquiries SAPOL.FirearmsSelfAudit@police.sa.gov.au
The Registrar of Firearms recognises the impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic on shooting clubs’ abilities to conduct competitions, host meetings and the limitations this places on licensees with participation qualifications to meet the licensing conditions.
Therefore, the Registrar of Firearms will issue exemptions for the licensing conditions requiring competition, in person participation or in person meetings.
This exemption is in accordance with Regulation 10(c) Firearms Regulations 2017 and will remain in place until 30 June 2022.
The Registrar will contact those licensed for the exemptions directly with further information.
The Firearms Branch issues licences for firearms and ammunition, approves and registers firearms and issues permits for prohibited weapons.
Digital Firearm Licence now available on the mySA Gov App
Firearm licence holders can now add their valid licences (Individual, Collector and Dealer) on the mySA Gov App. You must have the mySA GOV app on your smartphone along with an active account. A step-by-step user guide is available for download here and a FAQ document can be downloaded here
Self-audit of firearms
Firearms licence holders who own a firearm are required to complete a self-audit on their firearms holdings. Notifications will be sent in a staged process so you don’t need to do anything until you receive formal notification from SAPOL’s Firearms Branch. Read more
Lever Action Shotguns Review
From 24 December 2021, Lever Action Shotguns have been re-categorised as:
Category B for lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity not exceeding five rounds
Category D for lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity exceeding five rounds.
This will affect all owners of lever action shotguns as it changes their holdings from a Category A firearm. The purpose of use for lever action shotguns does not change. Read more
Replacement of the firearms control system - changes to firearms licence fees
On 4 September 2018 the South Australia Government announced the 2018-19 State Budget which included replacement of the South Australia Police Firearms Control System, to be part funded by a 10% increase in regulated fees and charges under the Firearms Act 2015. The 30-year-old database will be replaced with a contemporary communication and business processing system to improve service delivery to the community. The changes to fees came into effect from 1 January 2019. View the updated fees and charges.
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.
Contract and Volunteer Wildlife Shooters
A recent policy change affecting contract and volunteer licences will not come into effect until further consultation has been undertaken. Stakeholder organisations will be consulted during the review period to ensure a workable situation for all those impacted by the policy.
SAFR Dealer Portal
The South Australia Firearms Register (SAFR) Dealer Portal is an online facility for SA licensed dealers to submit their records of incoming and outgoing firearms. The SA Firearms Register Dealer Portal Guide provides a step by step approach for set up as well as FAQs.
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.
The Deactivation of Your Firearm document contains information to assist you in the deactivation of your firearm. The purpose of deactivation is to render the firearm incapable of being returned to its original firing condition, but at the same time preserving its appearance. This may be so the firearm can be displayed. The document also contains information around firearms in ‘relic’ condition and the process in having them categorised as deactivated.
It is important to note, under the Firearms Act 2015 possession of a deactivated firearm requires a valid firearm licence and the deactivated firearm must be registered.
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:
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.
The Firearms Prohibition Orders Register lists people prohibited from coming into contact with firearms.
See the Firearms Act 2015 for a full list of conditions.
Pursuant to Section 45(15) Firearms Act (2015) a person against whom a firearms prohibition order is in force must, within 7 days, give the Registrar written notice, in a form approved by the Registrar, of a change of his or her address.
Fill out the 'Firearms Prohibition Order - Change of address notification' and 'declaration' sections at the end of the Notification of change of name or address, or change of firearm storage address PD310 form and either:
PO Box 1539