Anyone in Queensland wishing to own or use a gun, crossbow, paintball gun, and even own certain types of knife, must have a valid weapons’ licence.
The most commonly held licence in Queensland is a general ‘Firearms Licence’ which is suitable for the needs of farmers and sports and target shooters.
If you have a licence and want to buy a weapon, you must complete a 'permit to acquire'. Only people with a valid weapons’ licence can complete this form.
The type of licence you need depends on the category of weapon you want to own or use, and what you want to use it for.
Depending on your licence type and your need for a weapon, your licence may be endorsed with categories that are appropriate for that licence and your need.
These categories are:
(A) Rimfire rifles, single or double barrel shotguns, paintball guns, air rifles and powerheads (a specialised weapon for use underwater).
(B) Centre-fire rifles (other than semi-automatic); shotgun/rifle combinations.
(C) Semi-automatic or pump action shotguns (capable of holding 5 rounds or less); and semi-automatic rimfire rifles (capable of holding less than 10 rounds).
(D) Semi-automatic centre-fire rifles; semi-automatic shotguns (capable of holding more than 5 rounds); and semi-automatic rimfire rifles (capable of holding more than 10 rounds).
(E) Bullet-proof vests.
(M) Crossbows, certain knives and other hand held weapons capable of causing bodily harm.
(R) Machine guns, fully automatic large calibre military weapons.
There is also a category of ‘restricted items’ which includes handcuffs, thumb cuffs or other similar restraints, martial arts weapons, studded gloves and some clubs and laser pointers..
Find out more about weapon categories.
To get a gun licence you must:
If you’re aged between 11 and 17, you can apply for a minor’s licence.
The first thing is to be prepared. Gather all the information and documents you need before starting your application.
New licences require a passport quality photograph and supporting documentation, such as proof that you’ve completed a firearms safety training course within the last 12 months.
The documents you need to supply may be different depending on the type of licence you need. Find out what documents you’ll need to supply for your particular application.
You will also have to pay a fee for your gun licence.
You can apply for a weapons licence online. You can either upload and attach the necessary documentation or send them separately by post.
You can pay using credit/debit Mastercard or Visa.
Once you either have or have applied for a weapons’ licence, you can apply for apermit to acquire (PTA) a weapon.
You must be over 18 years of age to apply for a permit to acquire, so a ‘Minors’ firearms licence is not accepted for PTA applications. Minors are not allowed to buy weapons in Queensland.
There is a mandatory waiting period for a PTA of 28 days from the date the application is lodged.
If you have a weapons’ licence, you need to let the police know if you change your home or weapons storage address within 14 days of the change.
You can register new weapons to your licence but you may have to pay a one-off fee for each firearm.
You need to let the police know if your circumstances change (e.g. you change your name or address) within 14 days of the change.
Find out who to contact if your circumstances change, you lose your licence, or you need to renew, give up or cancel your licence.