Firearms Licensing Explained
Below is a simple step by step process to getting your firearms license or additional firearm added to your existing license.
Step 1. Genuine Reason.
Generally speaking there are only two commonly used genuine reasons for having firearms in WA.
- Hunting / Destroying livestock / vermin control
- Club use or sporting shooting.
Each genuine reason requires its own paperwork for the licensing process. If you are wanting a firearm for destroying livestock or vermin control you will need to be a property owner or have a letter of support from a property owner. The size of the property will determine the maximum calibre you will be able to license. For more information on what you can license on your property call firearms licensing on: 1300 171 011 or Email Licensing Services Firearms. This is what is known in the industry as an “Open License” as it does not strictly require you to shoot regularly during the year.
If you are a recreational club sporting shooter you will need a letter of support from a shooting club. Each shooting club is different and will require you to be a financial member for a period of time before writing you a support letter. To find and contact a club near you head over to the SSAA WA website and use the ‘Find Branches’ feature. This license type is known as a “Club Support” license and will require you to remain a financial and active member of a shooting club in order to keep your firearm license.
Once you have determined what type of firearm you are able to license your next step is to purchase a firearm.
Step 2. Purchase a firearm.
When you purchase a firearm from a dealer you will be supplied with a Serviceability Certificate. This certificate contains the details of the firearm you have purchased and will be used in the licensing process. Please note. You not be able to take the gun out of the store until you return with the firearm stated on your license.
Second hand firearms
If you are purchasing a second hand firearm you will need to have the firearm sent to a dealer so that they may write you a serviceability certificate and store the firearm until you have it on your license.
Step 3. Complete the Firearms Awareness Test
The firearms awareness test is a multiple choice test and can be carried out by a shooting club or by a registered firearms dealer. You can sit this test free of charge at Shooters Shed. Please ensure that you have read through the WA Police Firearm Safety Booklet before sitting the test.
Step 4. Application for Firearms Licence
Now that you have a genuine reason paperwork, firearms safety awareness certificate and serviceability certificate you are ready to fill out your application form. Once completed and validated you will then print the document to take to the post office to pay the fee and submit the application to licensing. At the present time new firearms licenses can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to process. Don’t forget to bring 100 points of ID to the post office!
Step 5. Storage
Once you have submitted your application at the post office you can use this time to organise a gun safe. The licensing department will contact you a few weeks after submitting your application requesting detailed photos of your storage safe. You can either email or post these photos back to licensing. View the specifications for approved firearm storage.
Step 6. Picking up your firearm
Once you have your license you can come back to the dealer to pick up your firearm. Shooters Shed recommends purchasing a case or bag for your firearm before leaving the store. These come in all shapes, sizes and cost as little $39.95.