Guns. And I’m not talking about the ones you see on the beach in Summer.

Gun laws in Australia are heavily regulated, and as such there are plenty of ways to find yourself in trouble, if you do not follow the Laws and Regulations carefully.

There are two main hurdles when looking to obtain a firearm. There are the licensing requirements and then there is the permit you are required to hold, so that you may obtain a firearm.

In order to obtain a firearms licence you must make an application. The first requirement is to show that you have a genuine reason for wanting to obtain a firearm. Genuine reasons include; vermin control, hunting, sports shooting, farming and a requirement for employment.

You will also be required to undertake a safety course and a background check which includes a criminal history check along with an intelligence check.

This process is an application so the authority has the discretion to refuse your application. There are a few reasons you may be denied a licence for example certain criminal activity will prohibit you from obtaining a licence.

In addition to not being granted a licence, the authority can suspend or revoke a licence at any time.

If you have been granted a firearms licence, then you may apply for a Permit to Acquire. This is done each time you wish to acquire a firearm.

You will need a valid reason for wanting to obtain a fire arm and generally it must be directly related to the genuine reason you provided with respect to obtaining your gun licence.

The application must include a declaration as to where the firearm is intended to be kept as well as address the safekeeping requirements as set out by the Legislation.

Further background checks are conducted upon a person submitting a permit application.

Once issued, you will be able to take the permit to a Licensed Firearms Dealer and obtain a firearm.

On top of the above, if the Commissioner is of the opinion that you are not fit to possess a firearm, they can issue a Firearms Prohibited Order which will prohibit you from possessing a firearm.

Recently, the Police have been conducting inspections of firearms locally so if you have found yourself in need of some advice, contact Everingham Solomons because Helping You is Our Business.

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