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Applying for a Gallery Approval

A shooting gallery consists of an area where live ammunition is to be used and the firearm is mounted so that its barrel must remain within the confines of the gallery.  This, however, does not apply to the use of a paint pellet gun at a shooting gallery used solely for paint-pellet sports involving the discharge of paint pellets at other persons.  

It is an offence to conduct a shooting gallery without the approval of an Authorised Officer.

You will need to complete Form 15C – Application for an Approval to conduct a shooting gallery.  This application is used to apply for an approval of a Fixed (Indoor/Outdoor), Mobile or Paint Pellet Shooting Gallery.  This form may be lodged at a Queensland Police Station or forwarded to Weapons Licensing accompanied by the required documentation and prescribed fees.

In support of your application you must attach the following information:

1. For Indoor and mobile shooting galleries:

    • A plan of the proposed gallery and site, drawn to a scale suitable for observing the gallery features.

2. For Outdoor galleries:

    • A plan or map (e.g. BLIN or cadastral) of the proposed range site drawn to a scale of no less than 1:25000, in the escape of projectiles
    • The distance to the nearest residence; and
    • For Paintball (skirmish) fields, whether the fields are visible to the public.

Pictures will assist in the determination of your application.  

The following details are required for both indoor/outdoor and mobile shooting galleries:

  • The types of firearms to be used at the proposed shooting gallery
  • The type of ammunition that is to be used at the proposed shooting gallery
  • Where applicable, details of the restraints or mounts to be used to ensure that barrels can only be pointed down range
  • Details of any other physical measures to ensure the safety of shooters, other range users and employees
  • Details of the measures taken to prevent projectiles departing the gallery confines
  • Where other than earth embankments are to be utilised, a large scale plan or drawing of the intended construction and specifications of materials (e.g. baffles, bullet catcher, enclosures, shade cloth etc)
  • Type of target system proposed (e.g. turning, metal, falling plate, timber, paper targets)
  • Details and verification of the entity’s site occupation arrangements (e.g. leasing agreements, property titles); and
  • Verification of the approval of the local authority council for the body to conduct the activities at the proposed gallery site.

For Paint Pellet Shooting Gallery (Skirmish)

Ensure you are aware of the guidelines for operating a Paint Pellet (Skirmish) Range.

In support of your application, you must ensure that you attach the following documentation:

  • A plan of the proposed gallery & site drawn to a scale of no more than 1:1000 and no less than 1:4000
  • A locality plan of the proposed range site and surrounding area showing at least a 500m radius of the site (not required for an indoor shooting range application)
  • Details of the height, location and nature of the devices proposed to prevent the escape of projectiles from the gallery
  • The types of firearms to be used at the proposed shooting gallery
  • The types of ammunition to be used at the proposed shooting gallery
  • Photographs of the proposed range site
  • Details and verification of the entity’s site occupation arrangements (e.g. leasing agreements, property titles)
  • Verification of the approval of the local authority or council for the body to conduct the activities at the proposed gallery site
  • Documentation from the local authority or council advising the area zoning, activities approved for the proposed area, any proposed future activities or zoning of the area (e.g. other sporting venues, housing or industrial development)
  • The business name you wish to operate under for your gallery approval (if business is incorporated provide a copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or if business is registered supply a copy of the Certificate indicating the registered business); and
  • A list of representatives to be endorsed on the approval (Representatives to be endorsed must supply a copy of their weapons licence).


Re-approval of your shooting gallery approval

Gallery approvals are issued for a period of 1-5 years.  At expiry a new application using Form 15C - Application for Approval to Conduct a Shooting Gallery is required.  Applications can be lodged prior to expiry to eliminate disruptions to gallery operations.

 

Last updated 15/11/2012

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