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Firearm Amnesty – Western Australia

 National Firearms   Amnesty 

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

Because no unregistered firearms in our community is our aim.

Western Australia

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

In Western Australia, firearms can only be surrendered at Police Stations.

Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into a police station or other public place.

Click here to find a surrender point.

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

Contact or make an appointment with your nearest police station – prior to surrendering your firearm, firearm part or ammunition.

When surrendering a firearm 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 police station. 

Ammunition can be taken 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 unlicensed firearms without fear of prosecution for the possession of that firearm.   The amnesty provides protection from prosecution where a person is in possession of an unlicensed firearm for the purpose of handing it in.

Should inquiries reveal that the firearm was stolen or used in an offence, then the amnesty will not extend to these offences and they may be subject to further inquiries.

If you seek to license firearms you hand in, you may need to pay licensing application fees.

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

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

You must apply for a firearm licence and list the firearm within your application, or you may apply for an additional firearm if you already hold a licence. For criteria and information visit:

https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/Licensing/Firearms


 

For every firearm you must provide a genuine reason to licence the firearm and a genuine need to possess the firearm. Some firearms may not be licensable.

https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/Licensing/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 unlicensed firearms to a licensed firearms dealer during the amnesty. The firearm must first be handed to Police for an assessment with National Firearm Information Registry. If you sell any firearms, the sale will be subject to private commercial arrangements between you and the dealer.

Each firearm will be considered on a case by case basis.

A receipt will be issued from the Incident Management System by the officer taking the firearm.

You will need to complete/sign a P.94a notice when disposing of your firearm. You will then be issued with an Incident Management System property receipt.