Storage

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Safe storage of firearms

The ACT Firearms Act holds the owners of firearms personally responsible for the security and safe keeping of their firearms and for ensuring that firearms do not come into the possession of unauthorised persons.

Non-compliance with the safe keeping laws can lead to the seizure of firearms by police.

Firearms owners should obtain a copy of the firearms storage guidelines from the ACT Firearms Registry, as the requirements vary for categories and numbers of firearms stored.

Firearms Regulations 2008

Category A and B firearms (up to and including 10 firearms in total)

  • Firearms must be stored in a locked container that is made of metal or hard wood, lined by steel sheeting and secured by locks of solid metal of a type approved by the firearms registrar.
  • The container must be bolted to the floor/wall or both with a minimum of two suitable anchor bolts in order to prevent its easy removal (unless the mass of the container when empty is 150 kilograms or more).

Category A and B firearms (in excess of 10 firearms in total)

  • Firearms must be stored in a metal container constructed of at least 3mm thick mild steel or in a container constructed of reinforced concrete, double brick or reinforced besser blocks.
  • The container must be fitted with a steel door not less than 3mm thick and if hinged have a fixed locking bar or dogging bolts welded to the inside face of the door.
  • The container must be fitted with a five-lever key deadlock on the door or another locking mechanism providing equivalent security.
  • The container must be attached to the building (unless the mass of the container when empty is 150 kilograms or more).

Category C and H firearms

  • For more than 10 category C and H firearms, they must be stored in a locked steel safe bolted to the structure of the premises and be of similar specifications to category A and B firearms.
  • More stringent requirements and specifications apply to storage in excess of 10 category A and B firearms.
  • Where the bolt or firing mechanism can be easily removed from the firearm, it must be stored in a lockable container separate from the firearm.

Collectors’ firearms

  • Collectors’ firearms have similar requirements to Category A or B firearms in excess of 10 and are to be made temporarily incapable of being fired.
  • Category C and D firearms have similar requirements to active firearms and are to be made permanently inoperable in accordance with Firearms Registry guidelines.
  • Additional requirements apply for the display of firearms. Collectors should seek guidance from the Firearms Registry.

Ammunition

  • Ammunition must be stored in a locked drawer or container inside an approved firearms storage container, or in a lockable metal container kept separately from firearms.

Sale and purchase of firearms

The sale and purchase of all firearms must be arranged through a firearms dealer. Firearms dealers include club armourers.

If the sale or purchase is arranged through a club armourer, both of the parties involved in the transaction must be approved firearms club members.