Firearms Act 1996 No 46

Currency

As amended to Paintball Act 2018 (No 44). Commenced 1 July 2019. Current to 2 July 2019.

Jurisdiction

Section 84(1): Except as provided below, proceedings for an offence under this Act or the regulations may be disposed of summarily before the Local Court.

Section 84(2): An offence under ss 7 or 7A, 36, 43, 44A, 50, 50AA, 50A(1), 50B, 51(1) or (2), 51A, 51BA, 51D(1), 51E, 51F, 51H, 58(2), 62, 63, 64, 66, 70, 71A, 72(1) or 74(1)–(5) may be prosecuted on indictment. However, Ch 5 CP Act applies to and in respect of offences mentioned in this subsection: s 268(2)(e1) and Sch 1, Table 2, Pt 4[7].

Section 84(3): An offence under ss 50A(2), 51(1A) or (2A), 51B, 51BB or 51D(2) is to be prosecuted on indictment only.

Time for commencement

Section 85: An offence under this Act or the regulations may be dealt with in a summary manner before the Local Court if the court attendance notice was issued within 2 yrs of the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed.

Evidence

Section 87: Certificates as to licences, permits, prohibition orders, etc are admissible and prima facie evidence.

Note:

Where applicable, the maximum penalty for an offence dealt with on indictment is indicated in square brackets in the Penalty (Max) column.

SECTION DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX) TABLE
7(1) Possess or use prohibited firearm/pistol without licence/permit

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs] SNPP offence

2
7A(1) Possess or use firearm without licence/permit

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
25(1) Fail to surrender firearm and licence to police when licence suspended/revoked 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
30(6) Fail to surrender firearm and permit to police when permit suspended/revoked 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
36(1)

Sell/purchase/possess/use unregistered firearm

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs; 
prohibited firearm or pistol 14 yrs]

2
37 Fail to comply with requirements relating to registered firearms 50 pu  
38 Alter particulars in registration notice under s 34(7) 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
39 Fail to ensure safe keeping of firearms

50 pu and/or 2 yrs if established beyond reasonable doubt that the firearm was a prohibited firearm or pistol; Other 20 pu and/or 12 mths

 
40(1) Holder of Category A or B licence not have approved storage

20 pu and/or 12 mths

 
41(1) Category C, D or H licensee not comply with storage needs 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
42A(3) Hinder/prevent/interfere/obstruct with police entering/inspecting business of master licensee 50 pu  
43 Deal in firearms without licence

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[7 yrs]

2
44 Firearms dealer not give information about close associates/change of
information/not complete declaration/furnish false or misleading statement
50 pu  
45(1) Licensed firearm dealer fail to ensure transactions recorded/sent to Commissioner 20 pu  
45(2)–(7) Fail to comply with recording requirements 20 pu  
46(1) Licensed firearms dealer fail to make quarterly return 50 pu  
47(1)–(6) Fail to comply with additional requirements for firearms dealers 50 pu  
48 Licensed firearm dealer fail to ensure security of firearms on premises 50 pu  
50 Unauthorised acquisition of firearms

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm or pistol  14 yrs]

2
50AA(1), (2)

Unlicenced/unauthorised acquisition of firearm parts/prohibited firearm parts

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm or pistol 14 yrs]

2
50A(1) Manufacture firearm without licence/permit

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[10 yrs]

2
50A(2) Manufacture prohibited pistol or firearm without license/permit Strictly indictable

[20 yrs]

50B Give possession of firearms/ firearm parts to unauthorised persons 50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[Pistol or prohibited firearm14 yrs;

Other 5 yrs]

2
51(1), (2) Fail to comply with restrictions on supply of firearms

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
51(1A), (2A) Fail to comply with restrictions on sale and purchase of prohibited firearms Strictly indictable

[20 yrs]

51A Fail to comply with restrictions on purchase of firearms

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm or pistol 14 yrs]

2
51B Supply firearms on an ongoing basis Strictly indictable

[20 yrs]

51BA(1) Supply firearm part without licence/permit, to unlicenced purchaser, without inspecting buyer’s licence

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
51BA(2) Supply part for prohibited firearm/pistol without licence/permit,
to unlicenced purchaser, without inspecting buyer’s licence

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
51BB Supply prohibited firearms on an ongoing basis Strictly indictable

[20 yrs]

51C Conspire to commit firearms offence outside NSW Same punishment as if committed in NSW  
51D(1) Possess more than 3 unregistered firearms without licence/permit

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[10 yrs]

2
51D(2) Possess more than 3 unregistered prohibited firearms without licence/permit Strictly indictable

[20 yrs]

51E Possess/use pistols fitted with magazine of >10 rounds capacity

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
51F Possess digital blueprints for manufacture of firearms: see s 51G for statutory defences to s 51F prosecutions

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
51H Use, supply, acquire or possess stolen firearm or firearm part or give possession of a stolen firearm or firearm part to another person

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
51I(1) Possess or use firearm by remote control

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
51I(2) Possess or use prohibited firearm by remote control

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
52(1), (2) Send/receive a firearm/firearm barrel by mail to NSW address 50 pu  
52(3) Request another to send firearm/firearm barrel by mail 50 pu  
53 Send firearm/firearm barrel to person/another person unless prescribed conditions met 50 pu  
54 Cause advertisement for sale of firearm/firearm part to be published 50 pu  
55 Fail to deliver possession of firearm/firearm part in accordance with section 50 pu  
56 Fail to commercially transport firearms
in accordance with prescribed safety requirements
50 pu  
57 Fail to comply with prescribed safety requirements in non-commercial transport of pistol/prohibited firearm 50 pu  
58(1) Possess barrel for firearm unless without being authorised by licence/permit 50 pu  
58(2)

Possess barrel for prohibited firearm without being authorised by licence/permit

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
59(1) Fail to produce firearm/firearm licence/permit to police on demand

20 pu and/or 12 mths

 
60(1) Unauthorised person fail to surrender firearm

50 pu and/or 12 mths

 
61(1) Give/supply unsafe firearm without giving appropriate warning 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
62(1)

Unauthorised shortening of firearm; supply, possession etc of shortened firearm

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
63(1) Shorten firearm to convert to pistol without pistol licence

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
63(1A) Alter pistol so as to convert it to prohibited pistol

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
63(2)

Unauthorised conversion of firearm into firearm
that is not prohibited firearm

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
63(3) Alter firearm so as to convert it to a prohibited firearm

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
63(4) Unlawfully provide information/thing to alter firearm

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
64(1) Handle/use firearm under the influence of alcohol/drug

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
64(2) Supply/give possession of firearm to person
under influence of alcohol/drugs

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
65 Unauthorised supply, acquisition and possession of ammunition 50 pu  
66 Deface or alter identification marks on firearm or use, supply, acquire or possess such firearm, or give possession of defaced firearm or part of defaced to another person

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[14 yrs]

2
67 Pawnbroker take firearm, part or ammunition into pawn 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
68(1) Fail to produce licence/permit/state name/address on demand by police officer 50 pu  
69 Licensee/permit holder fail to notify change of address within 7 days 50 pu  
70 False/misleading information in application

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm or pistol  14 yrs]

2
71 Misuse licence or permit 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
71A(1) Using forged/fraudulently altered licence/permit to obtain firearm 50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[10 yrs]

2
72(1) Firearms dealer make false/misleading entry in, or alter, record required to be kept under s 45

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm/pistol (or part) 14 yrs]

2
72(2) Person make false/misleading entry in, or alter, any other record required to be kept under Act 50 pu and/or 2 yrs  
74(1) Possess or use firearm in contravention of firearms prohibition order

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs;
prohibited firearm or pistol 14 yrs]

2
74(3) Acquire/possess firearm to a person the subject of a firearms prohibition order

50 pu and/or 2 yrs

[5 yrs]

2
88(3) Regulations may create offences 50 pu  

Liability

82 Liability of parents knowingly authorising or permitting contraventions by a minor  
82A Liability of executors, etc  
83 Liability of directors or persons concerned in the management of a corporation knowingly authorising or permitting a contravention  

Firearms Regulation 2017

Currency

As amended to Paintball Act 2018 (No 44). Commenced 1 July 2019. Current to 2 July 2019.

The regulations provide for a range of penalties for offences relating to the use and storage of firearms and ammunition by individuals, dealers and hunting clubs. The majority of penalties are 50 pu but a number of “regulatory” offences have a maximum penalty of 10 pu or 20 pu.

CLAUSE DESCRIPTION PENALTY (MAX)
13 Fail to provide notification of loss etc of licence/permit 20 pu
15(1), (2) Licensee/permit holder fail to notify that genuine/legitimate reason for firearm ceased 50 pu
16(1) Fail to notify of change in particulars in/not surrender licence/permit 20 pu
17(1) Licence/permit holder fail to give written notification to Commissioner within 14 days of address where firearm kept specifying arrangements for storage 50 pu
17(3) Licence/permit holder fail to notify Commissioner in writing within 14 days of arrangements for safe keeping/storage of firearm at change/new address 50 pu
25(4) Failure to comply with conditions of a permit 50 pu
27(1), (2) Where licence or permit is held by a government agency, failure to notify of cessation of employment/unauthorised retention of firearm after cessation of employment 50 pu
27(9) Failure by governmental agency employee to undertake annual continuing firearms training courses 20 pu
30(4) Failure to produce on demand evidence of permission to shoot on rural land. 20 pu
32 Hunting clubs: failure to produce on demand evidence of permission to shoot on rural land 20 pu
37 Failure to make arrangements for s 19(2)(c) inspection of firearms 50 pu
40(3) Theatrical armourer must complete approved form of register and produce to police officer when required 50 pu
43 Licensed firearm dealer must obtain and maintain public liability insurance for an amount of at least $10,000,000 50 pu
47 Licensed firearm dealer must ensure ammunition is stored in a restricted area not easily accessible by the public 50 pu
48 Licensed firearms dealer must check stock on arrival 50 pu
49 Commissioner may require licensed firearm dealer to make all firearms in possession available for inspection 50 pu
50 Licensed dealer must display firearms dealer licence in all advertising 50 pu
51 Licensed dealer who acquires a firearm/barrel that is not numbered must notify the Commissioner within 7 days 50 pu
52 Death of a licensed firearms dealer must be notified 50 pu
60 Permit for the use of firearms in film/television/theatrical productions must be produced on demand 50 pu
79 Armed security guards: special requirements in relation to ammunition/firearms 50 pu
82 Armed security guards: requirements relating to carriage of pistols/shotguns 50 pu
83 Employers of security guards: firearm storage and other requirements 50 pu
84 Armed security guards: must return firearms at the end of any period of duty 50 pu
87 Employers of security guards: registers must be kept and produced to police officer on request 50 pu
88 Employers of security guards: maintenance of firearms 50 pu
89(2), (3) Employers and security guards to ensure continuing safety course are completed annually 50 pu
91 Shooting ranges must be approved 50 pu
99 Shooting club members convicted of disqualifying offences referred to in cl 5(1) not permitted to take part in club activities involving firearms 50 pu
103 Shooting club members must notify their club in writing of any change in personal details 20 pu
120 Requirement to notify Commissioner when moving interstate permanently 20 pu
129(5) Range official/instructor must prevent persons giving affirmative answers to questions in subcl (2) of cl 129 from possessing/using a firearm on a shooting range 50 pu
129(7) Range official or instructor must ensure that the person possessing/using a firearm at a shooting range does so under supervision as required by s 6B(1) of the Act 50 pu
144(6) Offences relating to the dishonest provision of documents for the certification of firearms safety training courses 20 pu
150(2) Museum firearm rendered permanently incapable of being fired must be presented to police officer for inspection 20 pu
151 Firearms and spare barrels must be numbered when number alloted by the commissioner 20 pu
153(1) Person under 14 years of age must not acquire, supply, use or possess a spear gun 10 pu
153(3) Supply of a spear gun to a person under 14 years of age 20 pu
155 Offence of trespassing on a shooting range 50 pu