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Wednesday, 22 August 1973
Page: 266


Mr Garland (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Can the Attorney-General state briefly the law in each State and Territory regarding the control of firearms.

(2)   Can the Attorney-General supply details of the number of deaths in each State and Territory from gunshot wounds during each of the last 5 years.


Mr Enderby (Minister for the Northern Territory) - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Briefly, the law relating to firearms in each State and Territory in Australia is as follows:

New South Wales

Crimes Act 1900-1968 (Part IIIA)

Pistol Licence Act 1927-1970

Police Offences Act 1901-1970 (Part 1IA)

Only pistols are required to be licensed and licences are not issued to persons under the age of 18 years.

Excepting air guns, a person under the age of 16 years cannot use, buy or sell a firearm.

The use of machine-guns, sub-machine guns, silencers and certain military rifles, as defined, is prohibited.

Victoria

Firearms Act 1958-1972

All firearms are required to be licensed. Licences are not issued to persons under 18 years of age.

The use of machine guns, sub-machine guns, and silencers is prohibited.

Queensland

Firearms Act 1927-1967

Only firearms capable of being concealed on the person and capable of being fired from one hand are required to be licensed.

Licences for concealable firearms are not issued to persons under the age of 18 years. In the absence of a special permit, a person under the age of 17 years cannot discharge, carry, buy, sell or possess any type of firearm.

The use of machine guns, sub-machine guns, silencers and disguised firearms is prohibited.

South Australia

Pistol Licence Act 1929-1971

Firearms Act 1958

Pistols are required to be licensed and licences are not issued to persons under the age of 21 years.

All other firearms excluding air guns are required to be registered.

A person under the age of 15 years shall not carry, use or possess a firearm and a person under the age of 18 years is required to hold a licence before he may use, carry or possess a firearm.

The use of silencers on pistols is prohibited.

Western Australia

Firearms and Guns Act 1931-1969

All firearms are required to be licensed. A pistol licence will not be issued to a person under the age of 21 years and a licence for any other type of firearm will not be issued to a person under the age of 16 years. The use of silencers is prohibited.

Tasmania

Firearms Act 1932

Police Offences Act 1935-1963 (Division III)

Only pistols are required to be registered.

A person under the age of 18 years will not be permitted to purchase, possess or carry a pistol and a person under the age of 16 years shall not use, discharge, carry, keep or possess any type of firearm.

The use of silencers is prohibited.

Australian Capital Territory

Gun Licence Ordinance 1937-1971

All firearms are required to be licensed

Pistol licences are not issued to persons under the age of 21 years and licences for other firearms are not issued to persons under the age of 16 years. The use of silencers is prohibited.

Northern Territory

Firearms Ordinance 1956-1971

All firearms are required to be registered but only pistols and high powered firearms, as defined, arc required to be licensed.

A person under the age of 21 years will not be issued with a licence for a pistol or high powered firearm.

The use of machine guns, sub-machine guns and silencers is prohibited.

The Firearms and Dangerous Weapons Act 1973 of New South Wales has yet to come into operation on a date to be Proclaimed.

 







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