Frequently Asked Questions
IMPORTANT: The information provided below is to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. This information is NOT legal advice, and is only provided as a guide. If you require more information regarding your specific case or circumstances, please contact Police Licensing directly on 1300 171 011.
All information on this website is applicable for Western Australia Only
What is needed to obtain a Firearm Licence in WA (summarized);
– Support Letter (club or property)
– Safety Awareness Form (new applications only)
– Serviceability Form/s
– Application Form – As of July 2016, your photo will be taken (for your extract (card) when the application is submitted at the post office.
– Statutory Declaration 22 Form (new applications only)
For all first firearm applications – if your application is pre-approved (once the above process is completed) you will need to provide evidence of a safe by filling in the Statutory Declaration 22 Form (seen below). This form will need to be posted back to Police Licensing. Once this is approved, your paper licence will be posted to you. If you have a current drivers licence, you would then be able to collect your firearm/s with this paid paper licence (receipt needs to be attached). Your licence is the A4 paper, accompanied with a card (extract).
Please see below for much more detailed explanations:
Q. How do I apply for a firearm licence – Category A or B (excluding handguns and category C firearms)?
A. Click here for advice
(Please note if you already have a firearm licence, the process for adding another Cat A or B firearm to your licence is the same process as above, excluding the safety awareness test)
Q. How do I apply for a firearm licence for a pistol/handgun (Category H)?
A. Click here for advice
(Please note if you already have a firearm licence, the process for adding another Cat H firearm to your licence is the same process as above, excluding the safety awareness test – pending club support)The process for obtaining a firearm licence for a Category C firearm
Q. How do I apply for a firearm licence for a Category C firearm?
A. Click here for advice
(Please note if you already have a firearm licence, the process for adding a Cat C firearm to your licence is the same process as above, excluding the safety awareness test)
Q. How do I apply to co-licence a firearm/s, when I do not have an existing firearm licence?
A. Application process is the same as “How do I apply for a firearm licence” as seen above, however a co-permission form needs to accompany the application. Please see form here listed from this website link – https://www.police.wa.gov.au/About-Us/Our-Agency/Police-Licensing-Services/Firearms-Licensing/Firearms-Licence
(Please note if you already have a firearm licence, the process for co-licensing a firearm is the same process as above, excluding the safety awareness test)
Q. My friend/family member has just passed away. I have been left the firearm/s and/or are the executor of the will and/or have power of attorney? How do I proceed from here?
A. Click here for advice
(Please note if you already have a firearm licence, the process for adding a firearm to your licence is the same process as above, excluding the safety awareness test)
Q. What do I do if my licence has expired or I didn’t receive a renewal?
A. Click here for advice
Q. Do I have to provide my firearm licence to pick up ammunition, brass, primers, powder or projectiles?
A. Yes, a current paper firearm licence must be shown when collecting any ammunition and/or any ammunition component/s (including brass, primers, powder, projectiles).
- In any proceedings under this Act a document or writing purporting to be, or to be a copy of or extract from, any licence, permit, approval or other document issued under this Act, or provided or produced to the Commissioner or a member of the Police Force in connection with any application or request for information under this Act —
- is evidence which is admissible, and is to be accepted as to the matter contained in the document in the absence of proof to the contrary; and
- if it is proved to be an examined copy or extract, purporting to be signed and certified as such by or on behalf of the Commissioner, is for all purposes sufficient evidence of the matter contained in the original without producing the original.
You can read more on the firearms act here – http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/wa/consol_act/fa1973102/
Q. What are the costs involved will firearm applications?
A. Firearms Licence | Western Australia Police Force (SEE Individual Firearms Licence Fees)
Q. What are the guidelines for fitting a firearm safe?
A. Click here for the Firearm Storage Requirements Brochure
Q. Can I use Beaton Firearm’s storage facility for my Statutory Declaration (for my licence application)?
A. No, you cannot use Beaton Firearms storage facility for the completion of your Statutory Declaration for your firearm application.
Q. If I buy a better/bigger firearm safe, do I have to tell Police Licensing?
A. If you are simply upgrading you firearm safe (to a better/bigger safe), in the same physical location, than you do not have to tell Police Licensing. If Police Licensing have any concerns regarding the size of your safe (for example if you applied for a large quantity of firearms) then Police Licensing will contact you. Please note, that if you intend on storing your firearm/s in a different physical location (I.E. Moving storage from the house to the farm shed, or another address completely), then you MUST tell Police Licensing within 21 days.
Q. How should I store primers?
A. We recommend storing primers in your ammunition safe, away from direct sunlight or moisture (must be separate from the firearms and/or powder).
Q. How much and how should I store powder?
A. To our knowledge, an individual licence holder can hold up to 15kg. Storage of powder is now covered under Mines and Petroleum Regulations. Limits to quantities apply. – “Must be stored in non-ferrous receptacle clearly marked ‘Explosives’, which is kept closed and locked, and protects the explosives from weather, contamination, sources of ignition and access by unauthorized individuals” –
Q. How should I store unprimed brass?
A. We recommend storing unprimed brass in your ammunition safe, away from direct sunlight or moisture (must be separate from the firearms and/or powder). If your brass is primed (has a primer in it), please store it inside the ammunition compartment in your safe.
Q. How should I store projectiles?
A. We recommend storing projectiles in your ammunition safe, away from direct sunlight or moisture (must be separate from the firearms and/or powder).
Q. What is the Firearm Identification Card for?
A. The Identification card, in conjunction with the paper licence, is the second part of your firearm licence. When you have a firearm/s and/or ammunition on you, you must carry both items – the paper licence, and the ID card. The card is essentially photo ID that shows your picture (matches) the details on the paper licence. The card on its own is NOT your licence, and cannot be used to purchase ammunition and/or carry firearms.
Q. Can I scan a copy of my paper Firearm Licence?
A. Beaton Firearms, will not accept scanned copies of firearm licence/s. Scanned copies will not be accepted for the purpose of ammunition sales, the drop-off of a firearm, or the collection of a firearm. A Certified Copy of your licence can be requested by contacting Police Licensing on 1300 171 011
Q. Can you post loaded ammunition posted to me?
A. Loaded ammunition (including air gun pellets) needs to be signed for by the licence holder, in person, in Western Australia therefore we cannot post ammunition in WA. As we cannot freight any dangerous goods, we also cannot freight loaded ammunition to other states or countries.
Q. Can you post any dangerous goods (including aerosols , primers, powder) to me?
A. At this stage, we cannot freight any type/class of dangerous goods, including loaded ammunition, primers, powder, or aerosols.
Q. Can I nominate somebody to collect ammunition for me?
A. An individual can nominate another individual to collect ammunition for them. This form must be completed in full and all requirements met (please see list of requirements on form) – Ammunition Authority Form 2019
Q. Do I have to tell Police Licensing if I move house?
A. Yes, you do need to tell Police Licensing if you move house. A new Statutory Declaration will also need to be completed, once your safe was fitted into your new house. Link to forms – Firearms Licence | Western Australia Police Force
All address and personal detail changes will only be accepted in writing via mail to “Police Licensing Services, Locked bag 9 East Perth WA 6892”, or email LicensingServicesFirearms@police.wa.gov.au You must notify Licensing Services Firearms within 21 days of any change to the address on your licence or permit, residential address, postal address or storage address.
Q. How do I contact Police Licencing Department?
A. The Police Licensing Department is in Cannington. The full address is – The Mason Bird Building, 303 Sevenoaks Street, Cannington, Western Australia 6107. The phone number for this department is 1300 171 011.
Q. Can I buy a crossbow?
A. No, crossbows are prohibited in Western Australia. Therefore, we do not sell crossbows or spare parts for them.
Q. Where is my closest Club?
A. Please see list below (please note – not all clubs are listed just the ones we could find a website for):
Firearm Clubs and Associations: (please contact club directly for range/s and discipline/s offered)
Cockburn Fremantle Pistol Club (Banjup) – http://cfpc.org.au/
Canning Club (Canning Vale / Jandakot) – http://www.canningclub.com.au/
Southern Districts Rifle Club (Bedfordale) – http://www.sdrc.com.au/
Jarrahdale Sporting Shooters Club (Jarrahdale) – https://jarrahdaleshooters.org.au/
Pine Valley Pistol Club (Whiteman) – https://pvpc.com.au/
Orange Grove Shooting Association (Orange Grove) – http://www.ogsa.org.au/
Kalamunda Pistol Club (Walliston) – https://engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/kalamunda-pistol-club
Port Bouvard Pistol & Small Bore Rifle Club (Dawesville) – http://www.portbouvardpc.com.au/
Armadale / Byford Club (Pickering Brook) – Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ArmadaleByfordRifleClub/
Northam and Districts Gun Club (Northam) – http://northamgunclub.weebly.com/
Lone Ranges Shooting Complex (Belmont) – http://lrsc.net.au/
Perth Lever Action Rifle Club (Pinjar) – http://www.plarc.com.au/
Whiteman Park International Pistol Club (Whiteman) – http://wpipc.com/
SSAA – Sporting Shooters Association of Australia – https://ssaa.org.au/
WARA – West Australian Rifle Association – http://www.wara.asn.au/
WAPA – West Australian Pistol Association – https://wapa.asn.au/
WA Shooting Association – http://www.washooting.org.au/
Questions relating to Online Orders:
Q. When I “check out” my online order I cannot find any freight charges? What does this mean?
A. At this stage, freight charges are not automatically calculated. We will contact you to advice any relevant freight charges before your order is finalized and before payment is processed.
Q. Will my card automatically be charged when I finish my order?
A. No, your card will not be processed until we have contacted you regarding availability of the item/s and/or any relevant freight charges. No payment will be processed until you tell us it is OK to proceed via email or verbally on the phone.
Q. Do you deal internationally / Can you post items outside of Australia?
A. At this stage, we do not deal outside of Australia. Therefore, at this stage, we cannot post items outside of Australia.