Firearms & Weapons
There are an array of firearm and weapon offences, each with varying degrees of severity. Although a handful of firearms are prohibited, the majority are legal, however do require appropriate licensing and registration. Firearm and weapon offences are generally divided into three groups, including:
- Offences dealing with licensing and complying with firearms licence conditions,
- Illegally possessing illegal firearms or weapons, and
- Using firearms or weapons in the commission of offences.
Firearms Act 1996 (NSW)
- Regulates the use, purchase, manufacture and supply of firearms, whilst aiming to limit firearm possession and promote public safety.
Weapons Prohibition Act 1988 (NSW)
- Confirms that the possession and use of prohibited weapons is a privilege by enforcing strict controls which ensure public safety.
|Unauthorised possession of a firearm
||Maximum imprisonment term of 5 years
|Possession of a prohibited firearm or pistol
||Maximum imprisonment term of 14 years
|“Not keeping a firearm safely”
||Maximum imprisonment term of 12 months and /or
fine of $2,200
|“Not keeping a (prohibited) firearm safely”
||Maximum imprisonment term of 2 years and/or
a fine of $5,500
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