New firearms legislation comes into effect on 1 July 2017. The underlying principles of the Act are to confirm the possession and use of firearms as a privilege conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety. Improved public safety can be achieved by promoting the safe and responsible storage and transport of firearms and ammunition.
The Firearms Act 2015 and Firearms Regulations 2017 details responsibilities of firearms owners, and so it is important that every licensee or applicant makes themselves familiar with their obligations under the legislation.
The brochure Firearms Changes 2017 - What Do I Need To Know? has been sent to all licensees and summarises the key provisions of the legislation, including licence and firearms categories.
SAPOL has also produced information guides (click here) to assist you in understanding the effect of the legislation in key areas such as transitional provisions for current licence holders and security. The information provided in these documents are for general guidance only and are to be read in conjunction with the Act and Regulations as they do not detail all of the legislation changes.