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Clubs and associations

Firearms clubs and associations must ensure that people shooting on their grounds hold a relevant firearms license or are supervised.

New members

Club instructors must sight a new member's Certificate of the Registrar to confirm that they are a fit and proper person.

Certificates of the Registrar are issued by the Firearms Branch. Refer to the Notify the registrar page on our website.

This is required under regulation 48 of the Firearms Act.

View the Firearms Act on the South Australian Legislation website.

Obligation to report to police

Members and employees of recognised firearms clubs and commercial range operators must report to the police as soon as possible if they suspect that a person subject to a Firearms Prohibition Order has tried to gain access to the grounds of the firearms club or range. This includes:

  • applying for access
  • gaining access
  • attempting to gain access.

There is no civil or criminal liability where making a report in good faith.

See Section 21I(4) of the Firearms Act 1977 on the South Australian Legislation website.

Record keeping

Clubs and associations must keep accurate records of its members including:

  • compliance with Regulation 48
  • record of attendance and activities
  • attendance at club meetings.

Refer to Regulation 49 of the Firearms Act on the South Australian Legislation website for a full list of details.


Visitors to firearms clubs must provide photographic identification and complete a declaration each time they visit.

The declaration must say that they have not:

  • had a licence suspended
  • had a licence cancelled
  • been prohibited from possessing firearms.

The photographic identification must be viewed and noted by club officials.

This is not a legal requirement.

Visitors may use handguns registered to a club under supervision for practice or competition matches.

Class H licences

Supervise visitors without a personal Class H licence while using handguns.

Treat club members who no longer hold a Class H licence as visitors when wanting to use Class H firearams. Ask them to sign a declaration stating that they are not subject to any court order or prohibition.