Outlined below is the fastest way to obtain a firearms license in Queensland for the following firearms (Category A and B):
- Paintball Markers
- Air Rifles
- Rimfire Rifles
- Centerfire Rifles
Here are the required documents you will need to obtain in order to launch your application with the Queensland Weapons Licensing Branch:
- Proof of address (rates notice or electricity bill are preferred);
- Statement of Attainment for an approved Firearms Safety Course, for the categories of weapons applied for.;
- Proof of current financial membership of an approved Queensland shooting club.;
- Provide details of any medical condition endorsed on your Queensland Drivers Licence;
- Current passport-quality photograph (if you apply online, a selfie with your phone is good enough!).
Step 1 - Sign up to a gun club
In order to have a "genuine reason" which is a legal requirement to own a firearm, you will need to be either a gun club member or have a significantly large property to shoot on. It is faster and easier to join a club. Most clubs also provide insurance cover included in the fees.
Here are a couple of clubs we can recommend:
Shooters Union - very cheap and lobbies for the sport - https://shootersunion.com.au/join-shooters-union/
Sporting Shooters' Association Australia (SSAA) - large club with access to many ranges at discounted rates - https://membership.ssaa.org.au/forms/join
After signing up, you will be sent a membership card, you will need to attach a copy of the card to the application.
Step 2 - Obtain a Firearm Safety Certificate
To obtain a certificate, you will need to book a training season with an approved training provider. Courses are generally speaking every 2 weeks in most areas, so get on it fast as they tend to book out!
Here is our recommendation for the Brisbane Area. Courses are held in Belmont, South Brisbane:
Queensland Firearms Training with Warrick Green: http://www.qldft.com.au/events/#
Click on the course of your preferred date and follow the instructions.
If you have recommendations for other great trainers in your local area, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3 - Complete Police Firearms Application
Click on the following link and follow the instructions:
Queensland Weapons Licensing Branch - Firearms Licence Application -https://www.police.qld.gov.au/forms/weaponslicensing.asp
You may receive an email from the police to attend your local police station for identification that has to be completed within 28 days!! If you are overseas or want to speed up the process and not have to do a separate ID check, apply via a paper application in your local police station. This will make the ID obsolete!
Well done! Now it will take about 8-12 weeks until you will be sent a license via mail.
Step 4 - Obtain a "Permit to Acquire" (PTA) for a Firearm
It is important to note that with only a firearms license, you still cannot buy a firearm!!
You will need a "Permit to Acquire" for each individual firearm.
Link to PTA Application: https://wao.police.qld.gov.au/WAO/flows/permitToAcquireFlow
Your very first PTA will have a "cooling off" period of 28 days. This period is meant to have someone angry that wants to do something stupid with a firearm "cool off" before he or she obtains their first firearm. This means that the police will not process your application within the first 28 days of receiving your application.
Normally this means you will have to wait first for your license (4-6 weeks) then another 28 days plus processing time (1 week) for your PTA before you can buy your first firearm.
Here is the trick, you can apply for a PTA in the moment you applied for a firearms license. The police will then process your PTA after 28 days and will send it with your firearms license or shortly after.
Note: During the PTA application you must outline the following details of the firearm you would like to acquire:
- Type of action
- Calibre of the Firearm - Ask your local dealer for a recommendation or for a more honest opinion join this facebook group and post your question here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/australiannationalfirearmslobby
- Firearm Dealer's License Number and Address - Most dealers have this information on their website, otherwise, give them a call and ask. Google review scores will give you a good idea of how good your local dealer is when it comes to customer service!
Click on the following link and follow the instructions to apply for a Permit to Acquire:https://www.qld.gov.au/law/crime-and-police/gun-licences/how-to-get-a-permit-to-get-a-weapon