Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
King, Brooke. 2009 ‘Firearms Controls in Australia.’ Challenges, Constraints and Opportunities in National PoA Implementation by States of the Pacific (Session III). Sydney: Firearms Unit, Australian Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. 22 June
The National Firearms Agreement was made in 1996.
The legislative changes introduced in each State/Territory under the Agreement have seen:
- the compulsory licensing of all firearm owners subject to a requirement that a genuine reason and need be established for owning, possessing or using a firearm and
- the compulsory registration of all firearms. This means that before visiting premises, police can check whether or not the occupant has a firearms licence, and the number and type of guns registered against that licence.
- a requirement that all first-time licence holders undergo firearm safety training and be subject to graduated access;
- a ban on self-loading and pump action firearms with only narrow exemptions, such as government purposes;
- the introduction of 5 categories of firearms licences, with handguns classified as a category of their own;
- longarms are classified into four categories depending on the type;
- restrictions were placed on the sale of firearms, mandating that all sales be by or through a licensed firearms dealer; and
- the introduction of minimum standards for security and storage of firearms.