Antique firearms other than Category H
You do not need a Weapons Licence or a Permit to Acquire to take possession of an antique handgun. However you are required to give written notice to Weapons Licensing within 14 days of acquiring the handgun with the following information:
- Your name and address
- The type, make, calibre, action, magazine capacity, serial number and the year of manufacture of the antique handgun; and
- The place where the antique handgun is generally kept.
The Antique Firearms Questionnaire below can be used for this purpose.
There are no fees payable for this transaction.
Registration does not apply where a person has taken possession of the handgun to:
- repair it
- store it, if the person is an armourer storing it for someone else; or
- store it on a temporary basis (not more than 3 months) without giving consideration for the acquisition of the handgun.
Handguns that do not fit the definition
If the handgun you wish to acquire does not fit the definition (eg. because ammunition is commercially available), you will need a Weapons Licence and a Permit to Acquire to obtain it.
If you believe the firearm you wish to acquire should be classed as an antique handgun, you can apply to Weapons Licensing to have it approved as such. The Antique Firearms Questionnaire can be used for this purpose.