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Firearms amnesty

General firearms amnesty

The Firearms Act 2015 provides a general amnesty to enable persons to surrender any unauthorised or unwanted firearm, part or ammunition to a police station or a participating licensed dealer.

The aim of the general firearms amnesty is to make the community a safer place by removing unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms, firearm parts, mechanisms, fittings, prohibited firearm accessories,  sound moderators and ammunition from the community, making it harder for guns to fall into the wrong hands.

Persons in possession of unwanted, unregistered or illegal firearms, firearm parts, mechanisms, fittings, prohibited firearm accessories, sound moderators and ammunition are encouraged to hand these in at a participating licensed firearms dealer's premises or to police at any police station without fear of prosecution.

Compensation is not offered for firearms surrendered through the amnesty.

The protection of the amnesty is only available if a person takes the unauthorised or illegal firearm or other item to a police station or participating licensed firearms dealer and surrenders it.

The amnesty does not apply for persons who maintain possession of an unauthorised or illegal firearm or other item. Police will investigate any surrendered firearm recorded as stolen property or suspected of being involved in a crime.

Any person surrendering an unauthorised firearm or other unauthorised item for destruction may do so anonymously.

The amnesty permits licensed persons to make application to register an unregistered firearm. The surrendering person must hold a current South Australian firearms licence and to make an application to register the firearm, provided their firearms licence permits possession of that category firearm. Firearms Branch does not charge registration fees in this process. Be aware, this relates to registerable firearms only, not parts, ammunitions or accessories. This process is only available through participating firearms dealers, not through police stations.

All items that are not registrable firearms (e.g. firearm parts, ammunition, fittings, mechanisms, prohibited firearm accessories and sound moderators) can only be accepted for destruction. Following surrender, a participating licensed dealer must deliver these items to South Australia Police.

Any firearm located as part of a deceased estate may be surrendered as part of the amnesty, but other conditions do apply to these items. Please contact Firearms Branch for more details.

How to surrender an unauthorised firearms or other items

  • Ensure the firearm is ‘made safe’ being unloaded and if possible, the bolt removed.
  • *Gel blaster firearms must have batteries and accessories removed.
  • Place the firearm in a firearm bag or other concealing item to prevent alarm.
  • Other items, such as ammunition, may be surrendered at the same time, but brought in a separate bag / container.
  • During daylight hours
  • Any item surrendered to a police station or without application for registration through a dealer will be destroyed.

How to surrender an unauthorised firearm for registration

  • Ensure the person’s firearms licence permits possession of that category firearm.
  • Ensure the firearm is ‘made safe’ being unloaded and if possible, the bolt removed.
  • Place the firearm in a firearm bag or concealed to prevent alarm.
  • During daylight hours attend a participating firearms dealer and complete a
  • The participating dealer will
    • Hold the firearm for safe keeping
    • The surrendering person is liable for any dealer fees acquired
    • SAPOL do not charge registration fees for this process.
  • This process is not available at police stations.

Disposal of Gel Blaster Firearms

A person can surrender their gel blaster firearms to a police station or a participating firearms dealer under the following conditions:

  • magazine removed and empty
  • battery removed
  • stock removed (if possible, the battery is often housed in the stock)
  • gel blaster firearms should be carried in a bag or cover to prevent causing concern.

SAPOL will not accept gel blaster firearm accessories including:

  • batteries - they are generic, rechargeable and multipurpose
  • battery chargers
  • scopes, sights, imitation silencers, muzzle brakes, slings
  • fore grips, bipods, tripods
  • gel balls
  • goggles or protective clothing
  • torches.

Note: If information relating to your situation is not included on this page, please contact SAPOL Firearms Branch on 7322 3346 or email SAPOL.FirearmsBranch@police.sa.gov.au

Participating Licensed Firearms Dealers

Participating Licensed Firearms Dealers*
DealerPostal AddressSuburbPhone Number
Albert Cole Leonard ClairBY APPOINTMENTVICTOR HARBOR8552 6777
Barry Leslie SimsBY APPOINTMENTMOUNT GAMBIER8725 8686
Camping World & Compleat Angler20 Cameron StreetMOUNT BARKER8398 3033
Classic FirearmsBY APPOINTMENTMOONTA8835 2274
Clinton Scott Wearne
T/A Clinton Wearne Construction
BY APPOINTMENTCEDUNA0408 730 672
Cole's Gun SuppliesBY APPOINTMENTSPALDING0407 148 629
Dagmar Regina KempBY APPOINTMENTPORT AUGUSTA8642 2513
Darrol Raymond HannifordBY APPOINTMENTEDEN HILLS0417 850 866
Double R CustomBY APPOINTMENTST MARYS8299 0700
Fisher Firearms Wholesale Pty Ltd20 Magill RoadNORWOOD8362 8977
Fit Arm EngineeringBY APPOINTMENTBLACKWOOD0437 326 358
Gambier Shooting Supplies323 Commercial St WestMOUNT GAMBIER0428 233 326
Gawler Fishing & Outdoor48 Murray StreetGAWLER8522 6200
Gregory Scott PullarBY APPOINTMENTMURRAY BRIDGE8532 2363
Gunning For YouBY APPOINTMENTVICTOR HARBOR0402 270 448
Guns South EastBY APPOINTMENTALLENDALE EAST8738 7124
Jimmel GunsmithsBY APPOINTMENTSTRATHALBYN0412 000 779
John Guido TorresanBY APPOINTMENTCOROMANDEL VALLEY0428 856 744
John Paul ChristyBY APPOINTMENTKADINA8821 4390
John Scott WinnallBY APPOINTMENTTINTINARA8757 2020
Joseph Stephen DensleyBY APPOINTMENTKINGSTON0427 673 092
Kincraig Motors Pty Ltd164 Smith StreetNARACOORTE8762 0880
Laurence BarbaletBY APPOINTMENTLAURA0409 691 863
Lightforce28 Orsmond StreetHINDMARSH8440 0888
Lincoln Rural Supplies Pty Ltd74-76 Liverpool StreetPORT LINCOLN8682 2711
Linden Lea Mitre 10Grenfell StreetKINGSCOTE8553 2354
Linfox Armaguard Pty LtdBY APPOINTMENTPOORAKA8168 0900
Majestic Powder CoatingBY APPOINTMENTNARACOORTE8762 2462
Meplat Firearm ServicesBY APPOINTMENTATHELSTONE0415 885 731
Mervyn Harold HartwigBY APPOINTMENTWAIKERIE8541 9073
Mid North AG-Services412 Main North RoadCLARE8842 3277
Neil HoffmanBY APPOINTMENTLOXTON NORTH0400 222 308
Northern Shooting SuppliesBY APPOINTMENTPORT AUGUSTA8641 1455
Paintball Skirmish S.A.BY APPOINTMENTWOODVILLE SOUTH8562 5255
Peters DisposalsBY APPOINTMENTPORT ADELAIDE0414 471 814
Phillip Andrew CaseBY APPOINTMENTHAWKER0427 391 876
Phillip John BilneyBY APPOINTMENTNARACOORTE8762 1353
Pretoria Firearms & AntiquesBY APPOINTMENTTAILEM BEND8572 3541
Riverland AG Services22 Cashmore AvenueLOXTON8584 4826
SA Rifle Association Inc.Cnr West & North TerraceWINGFIELD8244 5533
Salisbury Dive & Tackleworld1A Salisbury HighwaySALISBURY8258 1166
S B Action GunsmithingBY APPOINTMENTHUNTFIELD HEIGHTS0417 800 847
The Adelaide Gun Shop212 Gouger StreetADELAIDE8231 3570
The Armoury882 Two Wells-Mallala RdKORUNYE8520 2666
The Gunnery51 Beach RoadCHRISTIES BEACH8186 1437
Tonkins Sports StoreBY APPOINTMENTVICTOR HARBOR8552 1766
Trenton Andrew HardieBY APPOINTMENTPORT LINCOLN0438 821 792
Venuti Nominees Pty LtdBY APPOINTMENTDERNANCOURT0418 820 905
Wayne Johnathon ChisholmBY APPOINTMENTMANSFIELD PARK0417 128 742
William David HandysideBY APPOINTMENTCALLINGTON8538 5388
Whyalla Target SportsBY APPOINTMENTWHYALLA8645 7220
YP Agriservices Pty LtdBY APPOINTMENTYORKETOWN8852 1636

* List last updated 14 February 2019. Please check back regularly for the latest list.