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Firearm Amnesty – Victoria

 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.

Victoria

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

In Victoria, you can surrender at a participating licensed firearm dealer or police station. It is preferable you surrender at a licenced firearms dealer. In Victoria firearms can also be surrendered at licensed firearm dealers. Please search online for your nearest dealer.

Click here to find your nearest police station.

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

We advise calling the licensed firearm dealer and confirming whether they require an appointment and what their operating hours are.

Contact or make an appointment with 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 to a participating licensed dealer (only available in some states) 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 (only available in some states) or to a police station. 

Ammunition can be taken to a participating licensed dealer (only available in some states) 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 firearms licence. For criteria and information visit:
https://www.police.vic.gov.au/apply-for-a-new-licence

 

 

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

Acquiring, transferring and selling firearms (police.vic.gov.au)

 

*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, once the firearm has been cleared of any involvement in offence/s, or is not identified for other needs, such as museums.

You will not receive a property receipt if you surrender a firearm at a licensed firearms dealer.

Everyone who surrenders a firearm, firearm part or ammunition at a police station will need to complete disposal paperwork and will get an acknowledgment of receipt.

You will not be required to complete disposal paperwork if you surrender a firearm at a licensed firearms dealer.