Storage, Safekeeping & Transport

24 May 2017

Dear firearms licence holder

Changes to Firearms Storage Requirements

As you are the holder of a firearms licence pursuant to the Firearms Act 1996, I am writing to you regarding important changes to firearms storage requirements that will soon become law and may affect you.

The new firearms storage requirements will take effect with changes to firearms laws that are to commence on 4 December 2017. It is important you carefully read and familiarise yourself with the new requirements as outlined overleaf, and consider how this may impact on your current storage arrangements.

Tasmania Police recognises that updating storage requirements may present challenges for some firearms owners, so this information is being provided now to give affected firearms owners sufficient time to upgrade their storage to meet the requirements before the new laws come into effect.

It must be clearly understood that, should you neglect to address your compliance with the new requirements, you may be liable to prosecution for a breach of the conditions of your firearms licence.

Firearms Services is committed to assisting all firearms owners to transition to the new arrangements and, accordingly, additional information is provided on this website.

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Firearms Services on telephone (03) 6173 2720 or via email at firearms.services@police.tas.gov.au.

It is also timely to remind you to ensure that your contact details are up to date, which you can do through Service Tasmania.

Yours sincerely

K A BENNETT, Inspector


Firearm Storage Requirements Commencing on 4 December 2017

For firearms licence holders, excluding dealers, who are bound by s 87 of the Act:

General

If a firearm or firearm part is not being used, maintained, or conveyed it must be stored in a locked receptacle:

  • Receptacles must not be easily penetrable;
  • Receptacles must be made:
    • (a) of metal at least 2mm thick for Category A or B firearms or firearms parts;
    • (b) of metal at least 3mm thick for Category C, D and H firearms or firearms parts; or
    • (c) of concrete;
  • Receptacles that weigh less than 150 kilograms (when empty) must be fixed by masonry fixing bolts or coach screws (as appropriate):
    • (a) at least twice to a wall and at least twice to the floor; or
    • (b) at least four times to either a wall or the floor;
    • in a manner that prevents easy removal;
  • The lock on the receptacle must be an internal locking mechanism.
  • The receptacle must have:
    • (a) an internal hinging mechanism; or
    • (b) a mechanism that, when the receptacle is locked, would prevent the door from being opened if the hinges were removed.

Ammunition

If not being used or conveyed, any ammunition must be stored in a locked receptacle that is:

  • (a) separate from, or a separate compartment to, any receptacle in which a firearm is stored; and
  • (b) keyed with a different lock to any firearms storage;
  • or in a manner that is approved by the Commissioner.

Additional Requirements for Category H Firearms or Where 10 or More Firearms are Stored

Where any Category H firearms, or 10 or more firearms of any category, are stored at a premises, the premises or storage receptacle must be equipped with an electronic security device that is:

  • (a) designed to prevent, detect or deter any unauthorised entry;
  • (b) capable of detecting any unauthorised entry; and
  • (c) maintained and in proper working order.

The electronic security device may be either an alarm or a visual recording device, and:

  • (a) if an alarm, must be either audible or monitored; or
  • (b) if a visual recording device:
    • must record to a storage device any activity where the receptacle is located;
    • the storage device must not be located near the receptacle; and
    • the recorded visual recordings must be of sufficient quality to identify people in the vicinity of the receptacle.

Alternative Standards

As is currently the case, the Commissioner may also continue to approve alternative firearms storage arrangements where he or she is satisfied that the alternative arrangements provide a greater standard of security than the requirements prescribed above.