Any person or group interested in operating a shooting club must first obtain a shooting club permit. A shooting club may only hold a shooting club permit for categories A, B, C shotgun and category H firearms.
Sections 85 and 86 of the Weapons Act 1990 stipulates that only an approved shooting club may conduct target shooting. A person must not operate a shooting club for sport of target shooting unless the shooting club is an approved club. Application may be made to an authorised officer to grant a shooting club permit to a shooting club. The shooting club permit may only be granted to a shooting club whose primary purpose is to conduct sport of target shooting and can be issued for categories A, B, C (shotgun only) and category H firearms.
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Applying for a Shooting Club Permit
To apply for a shooting club permit you must complete Form 15A – Application for a Shooting Club Permit. This form together with the supporting documentation and prescribed fees may be lodged at your local police station.
You must ensure the following documentations are provided:
- Each application must have a person acting as a representative for the club and with the application supply a letter of authority from the club, signed by the governing body supporting their application as the representative. The representative must hold a current Queensland Weapons Act firearms licence.
- A list of the members of the governing body of the shooting club, including their full name, address, date of birth and details of weapons licences held
- A copy of the club’s or proposed club’s constitution
- Details of any affiliation with a shooting organisation or association (e.g. Sporting Shooters Association of Australia or Queensland Rifle Association)
- Details of your Public Liability insurer
- Proposed shooting disciplines to be conducted by the club (eg clay target, full bore rifle, pistol)
- Member lists of the proposed initial club members including full name, address, date of birth and details of weapons licences held
- Details and location of the proposed range site if any; and
- Details of any firing rights that have been arranged with another approved club or association for use on their approved shooting range.
Re-approval of your shooting club permit
Shooting club permits are issued for 1 to 5 years. Prior to expiry, a new application using Form 15A - Application for a Shooting Club Permit is required if you wish to retain a current permit. Applications can be lodged prior to expiry in order to eliminate interruption to members or competitions.