This is a guide to the requirements of firearm owners as provided by the Firearms Act 1996 in relation to:

  • Buying and Selling of Firearms and Ammunition
  • Firearms Licences and Permits
  • Firearms Storage
  • Transporting of Firearms
  • Firearms Amnesty.

Firearms Amnesty

Section 129 of the Firearms Act 1996 provides for a permanent amnesty in relation to handing firearms in to a police station.

129. Amnesty

Where any person –

(a) who is not authorised under this Act to have possession of a firearm has possession of a firearm; or

(b) has possession of a firearm which that person is not authorised to possess under this Act –

and that person voluntarily brings the firearm to a police station and surrenders it to the Commissioner, no action is to be taken against that person in respect of any offence relating to the unauthorised possession of the firearm by that person.


For further information, contact Firearms Services, Tasmania Police.