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5 Steps to Getting a Firearms Licence in Victoria

If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18* and residing in Victoria, you are eligible to apply for a Victorian longarm firearms licence.

All the information and forms you need to get your longarm licence are on the Victoria Police website under the Firearm Licensing and Regulation tab.

It is a process that requires a bit of time on a computer to fill out the application and patience as it can take some months before your licence is issued. But once you have it, you’ll be able to take part in many of the shooting disciplines, including target shooting, collecting, clay shooting and hunting.

The longarm licence category you will most likely apply for is A & B, which covers everything from air rifles to shotguns and centrefire bolt-action rifles. We recommend this category as it will allow you to try all the longarm opportunities legally available to you. If you want a handgun licence, that’s a different and much stricter process and you can find details on the Victoria Police website.

* Children aged between 12 and 17 years may apply for a junior firearm licence in Victoria. The junior licence holder is only ever able to handle a firearm under the supervision of an adult who has a current firearm licence for the same category of firearm.

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1. BOOK IN FOR A COMPULSORY FIREARMS SAFETY TEST.

You are here! Well done… Gun Emporium has two accredited assessors for the Victorian Police Firearms Safety Test on staff. Book in for an after hours session, or drop in during normal business hours to sit your test.

2. HAVE A GENUINE REASON. JUST WANTING A LICENCE IS NOT ENOUGH.

Victorian firearm laws require you to have an actual reason for having a firearm licence and you will be asked to specify the reason. For a Category A & B firearm licence (which is what you will be applying for unless you’re a primary producer or security guard), sport/target shooting and/or hunting is sufficient reason. Being a member of an approved organisation, such as SSAA or FGA, is one way to prove your genuine reason. Join up once you get your Firearms Safety Course certificate and you’re on your way. If you want a license to go game hunting, you do not need to be a member of a shooting organisation, but you do need a game license to be used as your genuine reason, this is available from the Victorian Game Management Authority. www.gma.vic.gov.au.

3. BE COMPUTER LITERATE. NEW LICENCE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW ONLINE.

Victoria Police has shifted its firearms licence application process to its website, eservices.police.vic.gov.au, which requires you to create an account with its eServices Portal. You will need an email address to complete this process. Also, you will need to send copies of required documents (proof of genuine reason such as association/club membership, Firearms Safety Course certificate, personal reference, 100 points of identification) with your application.

4. BE A FIT AND PROPER PERSON. HAVING A FIREARM LICENCE IS NOT A RIGHT.

Firearms licences are issued at the discretion of the police. If they are not satisfied you are a fit and proper person, then they will refuse your application. You will be asked if you have been guilty (pay attention to that) of a crime or been subjected to an intervention order. It’s personal and probing but it is important to read the questions carefully and be honest. Keep in mind that you can still get a licence even if you don’t have a clean slate, but if that is the case it may require assistance to navigate the process.

5. KNOW AN ACCEPTABLE REFEREE. YOU NEED SOMEONE TO VOUCH FOR YOU.

Your spouse or best mate won’t cut it. You need a referee of good standing as specified by Victoria Police to certify the documents you submit. It might be a GP or dentist, registered nurse, school teacher, Justice of the Peace, bank manager or chartered accountant. There’s a list on the police website.

Note: you won’t get the form you need for the referee until you complete and submit the electronic part of your application. The form will be attached to the PDF document that’s emailed to you on completion.

If you require more information or support on how to obtain a firearms licence in Victoria, get in touch with our team today.

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