In response to the evolving situation around COVID-19 and the Governments advice over self-isolation and social distancing, the delegate of the Registrar of Firearms has exempted shooting club licensees from the requirement to complete a minimum of four shoots per year. This exemption will initially apply from 1 March to 30 September 2020. A letter has been provided to all Firearms Clubs outlining this measure. For any questions please contact your club in the first instance, otherwise contact Firearms Branch.
As part of the application process for a South Australian firearm licence, the applicant is required to complete to the satisfaction of the Registrar, a course in the safe handling, carriage and use of firearms.
Courses in South Australia are run by TAFE SA and encompass both written and practical examinations.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports clubs (including firearms ranges) have not been operating and TAFE SA have postponed all Firearm Safety Courses. This situation will continue to be reviewed in line with future announcements under the Emergency Management Act.
Applications for a firearm licence are still being accepted at this time, but cannot be approved without the completion of the Firearm Safety Course.
Applicants are advised, under section 15(9) of the Firearms Act 2015, if an application has not been granted within 6 months it will be deemed to have been refused. An applicant should therefore consider this before submitting their application and non-refundable fee.
The Firearms Branch issues licences for firearms and ammunition, approves and registers firearms and issues permits for prohibited weapons.
Self-audit of firearms
Firearms licence holders who own a firearm are required to complete a self-audit on their firearms holdings. Letters will be sent in a staged process so you don’t need to do anything until you receive written notification from SAPOL’s Firearms Branch. Read more
Amendments to the Firearms Act 2015 and proposed re-categorisation of lever action shotguns
Lever action shotguns categorisation is being reviewed. Lever action shotguns are presently a category A firearm, irrespective of any magazine capacity. Under the proposed re-categorisation, those with a magazine capacity of 5 rounds or less will become a category B firearm. Those with a magazine capacity exceeding 5 rounds will become a category D firearm 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.
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:
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.
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