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