​​​​​​​​Where is the legislation for storage of weapons in Queensland located?

Section 60 of the Weapons Act 1990, Sections 94 -96  of the Weapons Regulation 2016 refers.

Can I change my Queensland storage address for weapons?

Yes, you can complete the online Change in Circumstances form or download Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge it at a Queensland police station.  There is no fee for a change of storage facility/address. It is incumbent upon the licensee to ensure that the proposed storage address meets the requirements of the Act.

How do I advise an alternate storage address or addresses in Queensland?

An alternate storage address is a location where you store your weapon/s other than where you are residing.

To advise of an alternate storage address, you will need to complete either the online Change in Circumstances form or download Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge it at your local police station.

You will need to provide a description of the new secure storage facility and the reasons why the weapon/s are being stored at an alternate address to your residential address. 

Am I allowed to store weapons at a Queensland address different from my residential address?

Yes, provided Weapons Licensing has been notified and it meets the requirements of Section 60 of the Weapons Act 1990 and Sections 94 - 96 of the Weapons Regulation 2016.

To advise of an alternate storage address, you will need to complete either the online Change in Circumstances form or download Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge it at your local police station.

You will need to provide a description of the new secure storage facility and the reasons why the weapon/s are being stored at an alternate address to your residential address.

If the nominated storage address belongs to a firearms licence holder, both applicant/licensee and owner of the alternative storage address should share the same licence category of weapon.

Where person/s living at the proposed nominated storage address, do not hold a firearms licence and the licensee does not reside at the storage address it is necessary for the licence holder to contact Weapons Licensing for clarification on storage requirements.

How long can I share storage with a fellow Queensland firearms licence holder?

There is no limit as to how long you can share storage with a fellow Queensland firearms licence holder.  However, both licensees should have a valid licence at all times.  Licences cannot be expired, revoked or cancelled.

Am I allowed to store each of my weapons at different Queensland locations?

Yes, provided Weapons Licensing is notified and the nominated storage facilities/address are in accordance with the Legislation.

To advise of the different Queensland storage address locations, you will need to complete the online Change in Circumstances form or download Form 4A – Change of Address, Name and Weapon Storage Facility and lodge it at your local police station.

What are my obligations concerning safety for my weapon when moving through a public place?
 
The Weapons Regulation 2016 clarifies requirements for the lawful carriage of firearms when moving across paddocks divided by a road.

The Weapons and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 specifies that the storage requirements imposed by section 95 of the Regulation, including the requirement to remove the bolt of a weapon, do not apply in such circumstances.

Dispatching of weapons in Queensland

In Queensland, dispatching of weapons is legislated through Section 66 of the Weapons Act 1990 which states that a person may dispatch a weapon only in the way prescribed under a regulation.

Section 97 of the Weapons Regulation 2016 specifies restrictions on the dispatching of weapons. It states that:

  • A weapon may only be dispatched unloaded
  • A person who is not a licensed dealer or armourer may only dispatch a weapon to a licensed dealer or armourer or a police officer acting in his or her official capacity
  • If a person is not a licensed dealer, a weapon may only be dispatched by registered post
  • If a person is a licensed dealer, a weapon may be dispatched by registered post or by using a person to whom section 2(1)(l)(i) of the Weapons Act 1990 applies
  • A weapon must be inside a sturdy, securely closed container; and
  • The container and anything on or attached to it (other than an address) must not suggest a weapon is inside.

For examples of how a container or something on or attached to it may indicate a weapon is inside, refer to Section 97 of the Weapons Regulation 2016.

Further information in relation to transportation of weapons in Queensland.

When can I lawfully transport a weapon?

Section 5 of the Weapons Regulation 2016 states:

Possession of weapon for transport is not authorised unless necessarily incidental to licence activities.

To remove any doubt, it is declared that a licence does not authorise possession of a weapon for or during its transportation unless the transportation is necessarily incidental to engaging in an activity for which the weapon may be used under the licence.

Examples of transportation for which possession of a weapon is authorised:

  1. Transportation of a weapon to or from a range for use in target shooting; and
  2. Transportation of a weapon from a licensee’s secure storage facilities to a licensed armourer or dealer, and its return transportation

Under Section 25(4) of the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2000, a police officer may require the individual to produce immediately to the police officer for inspection the weapon and the licence authorising possession of the weapon.

Further information about storage and transportation of firearms in vehicles.

Movement of weapons outside of Queensland

If you are moving overseas or interstate permanently, you will need to make arrangements to surrender your licence and lawfully dispose of your weapons.  If exporting firearms contact the Australian Customs Service on telephone 3835 3130 and the Department of Defence on telephone 1800 661 066.

There are specific conditions if a licensed collector is leaving Queensland.  If moving interstate and not carrying weapons personally, a dealer to dealer transfer is legally required.

Contact details of interstate registries.