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Loan or borrow a firearm

Owners of firearms can loan a class A, B or H firearm to a borrower when there is a written or oral agreement.

This is required under the:

Written agreements

A written agreement is made between the owner and borrower to say that the borrower will:

  • only use the firearm for a purpose or purposes specified in the agreement
  • will return the firearm to the owner within 28 days.

Oral agreements

An oral agreement is made between the owner and borrower to say that that the borrower will:

  • only use the firearm for a purpose or purposes specified in the agreement
  • return the firearm to the owner within 10 days.

Conditions

Conditions apply to the loan of firearms.

Lending class A, B or H firearms outside of these conditions is an offence. The firearm owner and the borrower can be liable. 

What the owner must do

Immediately before transferring possession the owner must inspect the borrower's firearms licence and be satisfied that the borrower:

  • is authorised to possess the firearm
  • will use it for the agreed purpose or purposes
  • will not use the firearm for any other purpose.

What the borrower must do

The borrower must:

  • return the firearm to the owner within the time specified in the agreement
  • must not transfer possession of the firearm to any other person except the owner.

Licensed dealers

Licenced dealers transferring possession to a borrower who is not a licensed dealer must:

  • only transfer possession directly to the borrower
  • not transfer ownership to another person on the borrower's behalf
  • not consign the firearm to post or other delivery service.

Owners and borrowers

Owners and borrowers must be familiar with the conditions for loans of class H firearms for holders of shooting club member's licences. This includes:

  • restricting loans of class H firearms to .38 calibre or below.

See section 15B(5a) of the Firearms Act for an outline of the conditions.

The borrower

The borrower must not accept possession of a firearm if the transfer does not comply with any of the conditions listed in this section.