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Firearm Amnesty – Tasmania

 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.

Tasmania

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

In Tasmania, you can surrender your firearm at your nearest Police Station or participating licensed firearm dealer.

Click here to find a surrender point.

No but it is important that people do not walk into a station or firearm dealer with a firearm.

Leave your firearm in your car until you have been inside and explained what you would like to do.

When surrendering a firearm to a participating licensed dealer or to a police station, 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 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, training, 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.

Take the following steps:

  1. Hand the firearms into a police station or firearms dealer.
  2. Advise the police station or dealer that you may wish to get a licence and have the firearm returned.
  3. Contact Firearms Services to request advice about whether this is possible. If you hand the firearm into a licensed firearms dealer, it will help if you find out the category of any firearm/s.
  4. Once you have decided about keeping or retaining the firearm, let the firearm dealer, or police station know what action you wish to take.
  5. Finally, if you decide you wish to have the firearm returned to you, then you will need to apply for a firearms licence and after you have been granted the licence you will need to apply for a permit to acquire the firearm/s held by the police station or licensed firearms dealer.

The firearm dealer will need to register the firearm ready for you to collect it later using your permit to acquire.

For criteria and information visit:

Firearms licensing and registration in Tasmania – Tasmania Police Firearms Services

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

Firearms licensing and registration in Tasmania – Tasmania Police Firearms Services

The firearm dealer will need to register the firearm ready for you to collect it later using your permit to acquire.

*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.

Yes, firearms may be sold either to a licensed firearms dealer, or through a licensed firearms dealer to another licence holder who is able to possess a particular firearm on their licence. Some firearms may not be able to be sold in Tasmania if they are prohibited under Schedule (1)(6) of the Firearms Act 1996 (Tasmania).  A firearms dealer will be able to advise if a firearm is prohibited.

Yes, in most cases you can expect to receive a receipt for the item you have surrendered

Everyone who surrenders a firearm, firearm part or ammunition will need to complete disposal paperwork and will get an acknowledgment of receipt. In Tasmania you will be requested to complete a form authorising the disposal of your firearm.

Tasmania has a permanent firearms amnesty where people can voluntarily surrender firearms to police.

The permanent amnesty enables people to hand in firearms, unregistered or otherwise, without being charged in relation to the firearm possession.

Further details on the permanent amnesty are available on the Tasmania Police website –

https://fas.police.tas.gov.au