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Firearm Amnesty – Australian Capital Territory

 National Firearms   Amnesty 

If you have an unregistered or unwanted firearm, this is an opportunity to hand it in with no penalty.

Because no unregistered firearms in our community is our aim.

Australian Capital Territory

For more information, visit our Australia-wide FAQ here.

In the Australian Capital Territory, you can surrender your firearm at the preferred location at the ACT Policing Exhibit Management Centre in Mitchell. However, you may go to any ACT police station to surrender firearms, firearm parts or ammunition.

A pre-arranged drop off is preferred, however is not mandatory.

When surrendering a firearm make sure the firearm is unloaded and where possible, remove the bolt or other method to render the firearm safe.

Your firearm should be placed in a gun bag or be wrapped in a blanket prior to taking it to a station. 

Ammunition can be taken to the Exhibition Management Centre or to a police station at the same time as your firearm but should be in a separate bag, box or container.

The amnesty allows you to hand in unregistered firearms without fear of prosecution. The amnesty provides protection from prosecution where a person is in possession of an unregistered firearm for the purpose of handing it in.

If you seek to register firearms you hand in, you may need to pay licensing, registration or permit to acquire fees.

There is no cost involved with handing in firearms for destruction.

If you apply to register firearms you hand in, those firearms will be stored at an approved location while the registration process takes place. You cannot possess the firearms during the registration process.

I do not hold a firearms licence and wish to have firearms returned once I have a licence*I hold a firearms licence and wish to have these firearms registered and added to my licence.

Firstly apply for a licence a firearm. For criteria and information visit:

https://www.police.act.gov.au/safety-and-security/firearms/licence-information

If the firearm fits within allowed categories, you can apply for a permit to acquire a firearm. For categories and information visit:

https://www.police.act.gov.au/safety-and-security/firearms/licence-information


 

*A firearm licence allows you to use a firearm if you hold a genuine reason – you cannot own or buy a firearm just because you have a licence. You also need a permit to acquire for each and every firearm.

Disposal paperwork will be completed by the receiving officer and only provided to those who disclose their details.

Disposal paperwork will be completed by the receiving officer and only provided to those who disclose their details.

Firearms Registry
Australian Federal Police Service
(02) 5126 9076
[email protected]