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A firearm is defined in section 4 of the Firearms Act 1996 “as a gun, or other weapon, that is (or at any time was) capable of propelling a projectile by means of an explosive, and includes a blank fire firearm, or an air gun, but does not include a paintball marker within the meaning of the Paintball Act 2018 or anything declared by the regulations not to be a firearm”.
Sections 7 & 7A of the Firearms Act 1996 prescribe that:
A person must not possess or use a firearm, prohibited firearm or pistol unless the person is authorised to do so by a licence or permit.
All firearms used by licence and permit holders in NSW must be registered, except for firearms that are exempt from registration requirements. Firearms which are exempt from registration requirements include imitation firearms as defined by section 4D of the Firearms Act 1996, certain firearms manufactured prior to 1 January 1900 and items declared not to be firearms (see FACT Sheet below).
Firearms are grouped into various categories depending on their type, loading action, magazine capacity etc. Any person possessing or using a firearm must be authorised for that specific category of firearm by a current firearms licence or permit.
Ammunition is defined in section 4 of the Firearms Act 1996 as:
Section 65(3) of the Firearms Act 1996 prescribes that:
A person must not possess ammunition unless the person is:
Sections 65 & 45A of the Firearms Act 1996 prescribe that ammunition for a firearm may only be supplied to a person who produces at the time of supply:
For further information:
Go to Frequently Asked Questions – Firearms and Ammunition
Go to Acquiring a Firearm Page
For all enquiries regarding firearms contact the Firearms Registry Dealers Unit email: email@example.com.
1 Charles Street
Parramatta, NSW 2150
Locked Bag 5102
Parramatta, NSW 2124