Being responsible for a firearm is serious business

OWNING a firearm comes with an enormous amount of responsibility; with owners having to ensure it is safe at all times and is never lost or stolen.

Not only are there conditions to owning a firearm, there are requirements that need to be met first before you can legally own one.

You cannot own or buy a weapon just because you have a licence; you also need a permit to acquire.

A permit to acquire is for one weapon only.

You must apply each time you want to get a weapon.

The Queensland Police website states that to get a licence you must be a resident of Queensland and provide proof of address, be a fit and proper person and have a genuine reason for a licence.

Police will also ensure there has been no convictions that include the misuse of drugs, weapons or the use or threatened use of violence, or that a person has been the subject of a domestic violence protection order within the past five years.

RESPONSIBILITY OF A FIREARM OWNER

Has safe storage

It is not stolen or lost

It does not come into the possession of a person who is not authorised to possess a firearm

DISPOSING OF A FIREARM

Relinquish your weapon at a Queensland police station

Sell your weapon to a dealer

Dispose of your weapon to a licensed dealer for consignment sale on your behalf

Sell it to someone who is a holder of an issued permit to acquire for the weapon in question



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