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Firearms changes 2017

Firearms changes – transition period now concluded
The legislated 12-month period provided from 1 July 2017 to support firearm licensees in transition to the new firearms legislation expired at midnight on 30 June 2018.

New firearms legislation came into effect on 1 July 2017. The underlying principles of the Act are to confirm the possession and use of firearms as a privilege conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety. Improved public safety can be achieved by promoting the safe and responsible storage and transport of firearms and ammunition.

The Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017 details responsibilities of firearms owners, and so it is important that every licensee or applicant makes themselves familiar with their obligations under the legislation.

The brochure Firearms Changes 2017 - What Do I Need To Know? has been sent to all licensees and summarises the key provisions of the legislation, including licence and firearms categories.

SAPOL has also produced the following information guides to assist you in understanding the effect of the legislation in key areas such as transitional provisions for current licence holders and security. The information provided in these documents are for general guidance only and are to be read in conjunction with the Act and Regulations as they do not detail all of the legislation changes.

You may need to complete one of the statutory declarations below:

Firearms licence holders are reminded that within 14 days 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.

Find out how to notify the Registrar.

Information guides

Use this Quick summary guide (A3 poster) to see the steps to follow according to the number, category and location of your firearms. Further information guides are provided below.

Transition period

The following guide provides information as to how the transition from the Firearms Act 1977 to Firearms Act 2015 will affect you. It details action you may need to take to become compliant with the new legislation and timescales allowed for these changes.

Transitioning to the new firearms legislation


The requirements for firearm security have changed significantly. Please see the following guides for information as to how the security changes will affect you.

A Quick summary guide (A3 poster) shows the steps to follow according to the number, category and location of your firearms.

Information guides specific to the number of firearms you have:

Storage of firearms – one to 19 firearms
Storage of firearms – 20 to 34 firearms
Storage of firearms – 35 to 49 firearms
Storage of firearms – 50 or more firearms
Transporting firearms and ammunition

Prescribed firearms safes for existing licensees

You may need to complete one of the statutory declarations below:


It is important for collectors of firearms and ammunition to be aware of their obligations regarding possession and use of firearms in South Australia, as certain items are now covered by the legislation that were not previously. This guide is provided to assist collectors to understand the key related legislative changes.

Firearms collectors

Firearms clubs

A number of changes have been implemented to simplify some of the processes around becoming a recognised firearms club and accepting new members.

Firearms clubs

Read more about Clubs and associations

Shooting club members

The following guide is intended to assist sporting shooters in understanding how the new legislation will affect them.

Shooting club members

See also the Firearms clubs information guide.

Read more about Clubs and associations

Gel blasters changes

Find out the changes to  gel blasters as of 8 October 2020.