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How to obtain a Pistol License
QUEENSLAND AMATEUR PISTOL SHOOTING ASSOCIATION
As at 8 February 2007
STEPS TO BECOMING A LICENCED PISTOL SHOOTER
UNLICENCED PERSONS ONLY .
- Obtain the Form –
APPLICATION FOR STATEMENT OF ELIGIBILITY TO JOIN
AN APPROVED PISTOL SHOOTING CLUB
(form QP 515) from your local police
station, complete and return to the station for approval. If approved,
you will receive a declaration to be presented to your preferred approved
Remember this declaration willonly
last for 3 months.
- You will also be required to provide 2 character reference letters
with your application to your preferred club (from persons knowing the
applicant for more than 2 years).
- Provide a declaration to the Club stating that you are a
current member of another approved shooting club or arenot a
current member of another approved shooting club.
Persons with an existing licence (eg Category A & B) are not required
to submit the form QP 515, but will need 2 character references and declaration
of other shooting club memberships as above.
- Apply for membership of your preferred Club.
- Complete a recognised approved Weapons Safety Course (to gain knowledge
of safety practices for the use, storage and maintenance of a firearm).
Applicants having an A or B licence will only need to do the legislation
and Category H components.
- Receive your Statement of Attainment from the training organisation
- Compete in at least 3 competition shoots at your club within six months
of membership with the club. You must complete a Form 33 every time you
shoot to be able to fire a concealable firearm during this period and
be supervised one on one, by an appointed range officer.
- Apply for a concealable firearms licence:
You will need to complete and provide the police with:
- Form 1: Application for a Licence
- Form 30: Proof of Identity Declaration
- Two notarised passport photos
- A copy of your Statement of Attainment from your Weapons Safety Course
(which has an expiry date of 12 months)
- Form QP 518(A): A current declaration by the representative of your
approved pistol club stating that you, the applicant, are a financial
member of the club, that you have been a member of the pistol club for
the 6 month period immediately before the declaration is made and that
you have participated in at least 3 handgun shooting competitions during
that 6 months
- Your Participation Record
- Proof of residence: eg rates notice
Ensure that forms show that the applicant became
a member after obtaining their Eligibility Statement.
Once you have your licence, you can then:
- Complete a Form 28 (Application for Permit to Acquire) stating the
type, action, make, model, barrel length, serial number and calibre of
the weapon, and the magazine capacity of the firearm.
Remember: a permit to acquire has an expiry date of 3 months.
- With the above application include a letter from the Club, on a Club
letterhead, stating the need for the firearm (matches/events/competitions)
to be shot.
During these steps there will be costs (fees subject to increase by CPI
each year) involved with the forms obtained.
Permit to Acquire $20.75
Application for licence $33.45
Concealable firearms licence $16.70 (per
Minor $11.05 (per year)
Please note that a concealable firearms licence may be obtained for a
5 year period usually connected with your birth date.
For the first twelve months of holding a concealable firearms licence,
you are only able to possess 1 (one) air pistol, and 1 (one) of the following
– a rim-fire pistol (.22) ( this calibre will enable you to shoot all ISSF
matches), or – a centre-fire pistol (up to .45 inch), or – a black-powder
A holder of a concealable firearms licence, who is a member of an approved
shooting club, must not possess:
- a weapon with a calibre of more than .45 inch;
- a weapon that is semi automatic and has a barrel length of less than
120mm unless it has an overall length of at least 250mm measured parallel
to the barrel;
- a weapon that is not semi automatic (e.g. revolvers and single shot
pistols) and has a barrel length of less than 100mm unless it has an
overall length of at least 250mm measured parallel to the barrel;
- a weapon with a magazine with a maximum capacity of more than 10 rounds;
- a weapon designed to be used without a magazine that has a maximum
capacity of more than 10 rounds.
However, an authorised officer may authorise the holder of a licence,
by an accreditation condition endorsed on the licence, to possess a category
H weapon of high calibre more than .38 inch but not more than .45 inch,
if the authorised officer is satisfied that the holder is to participate
in an accredited event.
Accredited events are;
- a metallic silhouette competition; and
- a single-action competition.
The limitations do not apply to category H weapons that are black-powder
To have a licence endorsed for accreditation condition a Form 4 must be
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Obtaining a Weapon's License
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Who must obtain a Weapons Act Licence?
If you wish to possess or use any firearm
or weapon, you must firstly have or obtain a Weapons Act licence. A
Weapons Act licence will allow you to possess, carry and use these firearms/weapons,
subject to specific conditions.
Who can obtain a Weapons Act Licence?
To obtain a Weapons Act licence you
must meet certain requirements.
- Full licence holders must be at least
18 years of age.
- Children of at least 11 years of
age can use certain firearms, with adult supervision, under a minor's
- A person is ineligible to hold a
Weapons Act Licence if, within the past five years, they have been
convicted of offences including misuse of drugs, or weapons, and the
use or threatened use of violence.
- A person is ineligible to hold a
Weapons Act Licence if they are or have been the subject of a domestic
violence order in the past five years.
When can I possess or use a weapon
without a licence?
If not disqualified or prevented from
obtaining a licence under the Weapons Act 1990, a person may possess
and use a weapon without a licence under certain circumstances. These
- A minor (at least 11 years) may possess
and use a Category A or B firearm, where it is lawful and safe to
do so, if the minor is under supervision of a parent or guardian or
someone acting as a parent or guardian. This person must be licensed
to possess the weapon.
- A minor (at least 11 years) may possess
and use a Category A or B firearm, at an approved range, if the minor
is supervised directly and immediately by a range officer. After firing
the weapon on three separate occasions, direct supervision can be
to a group of up to six minors by the range officer or their appointee.
- A person who is eligible to obtain
a licence may have possession and use a weapon at a range approved
for the category of weapon, if they have produced identification and
signed the appropriate forms. Possession and use must be supervised
by a range officer.
- A person who is an agent, employee
or member of the immediate family of a primary producer may possess
and use a weapon on the primary producer's land, if the person:
i) assists the primary producer
with primary production on the land; and
ii) is eligible to obtain a licence to possess a weapon; and
iii) only uses the weapon with the express consent of the primary producer;
iv) only uses the weapon in connection with carrying out primary production
on the land.
- A person using a shooting gallery
may physically possess and use a weapon allowed under the conditions
of gallery approval.
Do I need a reason for owning a weapon?
All licensees will be required to provide
a genuine reason for owning a weapon. These reasons include:
Gun club membership
Sporting or target shooting
Occupational requirement, such as primary producers
Ownership of a family heirloom
Collection by a firearms collector
Security industry requirement
Military re-enactment or demonstrations
Possession by a sporting club to start
Possession by a theatrical organisation
for use in theatrical productions.
Depending on the reason you give to own a weapon, you will need to include
some information about your club or where you will be using the weapon.
- Sporting shooters need proof of membership
of an approved shooting club;
- Recreational shooters need to produce
written permission from a landowner authorising them to shoot on that
person's land; For your business
or work, you must state why the weapon is necessary.
What type of licence do I need?
There are a number of different types
of Weapons Act licences, depending on the use of your weapon. These
are listed below.
The armourer's licence authorises the holder to repair and store any weapon
in the course of his or her business as an armourer.
Blank-fire firearms licence
Under this category the licensee is allowed to use a blank-fire gun, for
uses such as starting sporting events, or theatrical productions.
Only theatrical, sporting or athletic organisations may have this
licence and the method of use of the firearm is endorsed on the licence.
Collector's licence (heirloom)
You may own an heirloom firearm. This type of firearm is passed to a person
by testamentary disposition or the laws of succession. A firearm owned
under this licence must be made permanently inoperable.
Collector's licence (weapons)
Category D, M and R firearms/weapons may only be owned if they are made
permanently inoperable/inert. Category A, B or C firearms manufactured
after 1900 may be owned only if they are made temporarily inoperable
(permanently inoperable category A, B or C firearms are classed as
‘replicas’ and do not require licensing). Category H handguns manufactured
after 1900 can be temporarily or permanently inoperable (refer to
'Storage' for details about how to make a firearm permanently or temporarily
inoperable') however, if temporarily inoperable must conform to further
restrictions (refer to ‘Handgun Legislation Information’). Weapons
held under this licence must remain temporarily/permanently inoperable
at all times and can only be removed from the premises specified in
the licence with reasonable excuse. For requirements concerning the
collection of ammunition contact the Explosives Inspectorate on (07)
Concealable firearms licence
With this type of licence you may possess or use pistols (category H)
other than those in category R for a number of reasons including use
at an approved shooting club or occupational reasons. This licence
does not authorise possession or use for recreational shooting. You
may only wear a concealable firearm in a public place if it is part
of your job. There are conditions for the use of the firearms that
are outlined when you receive the licence.
The dealer's licence authorises the holder to: buy, sell, transfer or
broker the sale of weapons; broker the acquisition of Category R firearms
(to certain licence holders) only if they are rendered permanently
inoperable; and receive, dispatch, repair and store weapons.
This is the most common licence. It allows possession and use of the firearms
or categories of firearms that are registered to the licence. This
can include category A, B, C and D firearms, depending on the individual's
need to own a firearm.
Firearms licence (instructor)
As a holder of a firearms instructor's licence you can provide a course
in firearms safety training approved by the Commissioner. You may
also own and use a firearm in the category stated on the licence for
the purpose of providing the course. This licence also authorises
a student doing the course to physically possess or use a firearm
supplied by the licensee and supervised by the licensee for the purposes
of the course.
A group licence may be issued to an individual or body to satisfy an occupational
need or to a body that is a sports or target shooting club to satisfy
its needs in sports or target shooting. It may only be issued for
The holder of a minor's licence must be at least 11 years of age. A licence
may be issued to authorise use under supervision by a range officer
at an approved range for the category of firearm, use of a category
A or B weapon in primary production in the conduct of the licensee’s
employment or category C or D weapons for certain occupational purposes.
This licence may only be issued for a category E or some category M (“martial
arts” or “historical/military”) weapons. Certain conditions apply.
Security organisation's licence
This licence may only be issued to a body or organisation that provides
security guards and the services of security guards. This licence
may be endorsed for Category C, E and/or H firearms/weapons.
Security guard's licence
You may only use a revolver, shotgun or semi-automatic pistol. If you
are employed under the owner of a security organisation's licence,
you may use the firearm only in performing your security guard duties.
The maximum term for this licence is 12 months.
Theatrical ordinance supplier's
You may own and supply some replica, blank-fire firearms or permanently
inoperable firearms or other weapons for use in theatrical, film or television
A visitor's licence is available to those who live outside Queensland
and intend to visit for a purpose which is a genuine reason to own
a firearm. You can possess or use a weapon according to the specifications
on the licence. In some instances, interstate licence holders do not
need a visitor’s licence (refer to ‘Visitor’s Licences’).
A visitor's licence is only available for up to three months.