​​A collectable firearm is a firearm that is of obvious and significant commemorative, historic, thematic or investment value.  For further information refer to section 77(2) of the Weapons Act 1990.

You may apply for: 

  • a Collector’s Licence (Weapons); or
  • a Collector’s Licence (Heirloom).

Collector's Licence (Weapons)

A Collector’s Licence (Weapons) may be issued to an individual or body who wishes to collect weapons.

Groups such as private museums, historical societies and R.S.L.’s wishing to possess firearms will require this licence.

This licence may be endorsed for Category A, B, C, D, E, H, M and R weapons. However the licensee may only possess:

Category D, M or R weapons -

(i) for firearms – those made permanently inoperable; or
(ii) for other weapons – those that are inert.

Category A, B or C weapons that are collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1901, only if the weapons are made temporarily inoperable.

Category H weapons –

(i) manufactured on or after 1 January 1901 and before January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms (collectable handguns)
(ii) manufactured on or after 1 January 1947 that are temporarily inoperable, collectable firearms and the licensee’s licence is endorsed to allow possession of collectable firearms manufactured on or after 1 January 1947 (‘modern collectable handguns’); or
(iii) otherwise – they are permanently inoperable

A collector must not discharge or operate, or cause or permit to be discharged or operated any weapon held or proposed to be held under a Collector’s Licence, unless authorised to do so under a licence.

How to apply for a Collector's Licence (Weapons)

Collector's Licence (Heirloom)

A Collector's Licence (Heirloom) may be issued to an individual who has had a firearm (other than a Category R) handed down to them as part of a will or bequeath. Any firearm held on this licence is required to be rendered permanently inoperable. The licensee may only possess one firearm on this licence.

This licence may be endorsed for a Category A, B, C, D, H, or M weapon that has been rendered permanently inoperable.

How to apply for a Collector's Licence (Heirloom)