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Firearm Amnesty – New South Wales

 National Firearms   Amnesty 

If you have an unregistered or unwanted firearm, this is an opportunity to hand it in without penalty.

Because no unregistered firearms in our community is our aim.

New South Wales

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

In New South Wales, you can surrender your firearm at your nearest police station or participating licensed firearm dealer.

Click here to find a licensed firearm dealer or click here to find your nearest police station in NSW

Please do not turn up unexpectedly with a firearm. Contact the police station or dealership in advance to arrange a drop off time.

Click here to find a licensed firearm dealer.

Click here to find your nearest police station in NSW

Contact your nearest police station or licensed firearm dealer (only available in some states) prior to surrendering your firearm, firearm part or ammunition.

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 participating licensed dealer or to a police station. 

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

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.

Apply for a licence through the NSW Police Force Community Portal: https://portal.police.nsw.gov.au/s/online-firearm-applications

If you are approved for a licence, you will have to then apply for a permit to acquire. For criteria and information visit:
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms

If the firearm fits within allowed categories, the firearm can be registered to you. If you require a variation of your licence, you may apply for one through the NSW Police Force’s Community Portal: https://portal.police.nsw.gov.au/s/online-firearm-applications.

If approved, you may apply for a permit to acquire a firearm. For categories and information visit:
https://www.police.nsw.gov.au/online_services/firearms

*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.

You may be able to sell your unregistered firearms to a licensed firearms dealer during the amnesty. If you sell any firearms, the sale will be subject to private commercial arrangements between you and the dealer. You may also be able to donate it to a firearms museum if it has significant historic value.

All amnesty transactions performed by licensed firearm dealers are being transacted in Gun Safe – the NSW Police Force online portal. Acknowledgements of receipt are sent via email. Firearms surrendered to police stations are receipted via the ‘unconditional surrender form’