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New South Wales. 1996 ‘Genuine Reasons for Having a Licence.’ Firearms Act 1996 No 46 (Act Current to 24 November 2015); Section 12 (Part 2). Sydney: New South Wales Government. 28 June

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12. Genuine Reasons for Having a Licence - Table

Reason: sport/target shooting

The applicant must be a current member of a shooting club approved by the Commissioner in accordance with the regulations, and which conducts competitions or activities requiring the use of the firearm for which the licence is sought.

Reason: recreational hunting/vermin control

The applicant must:
(a) be the owner or occupier of rural land, or
(b) produce proof of permission given by the owner or occupier of rural land, or by an officer of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Land or other authority prescribed by the regulations, to shoot on rural land, or…
(c) be a current member of a hunting club approved by the Commissioner in accordance with the regulations.

The regulations may provide for the manner and form in which any such permission is to be given, the extent to which it operates, and how it is to be produced as evidence by the applicant…

Reason: primary production

The applicant must:
(a) be a person whose occupation is the business of a primary producer, or who is the owner, lessee or manager of land used for primary production, and
(b) state that he or she intends to use the firearm solely in connection with farming or grazing activities (including the suppression of vertebrate pest animals on the land concerned).

Reason: vertebrate pest animal control

The applicant must be:
(a) a professional contract shooter engaged or employed in controlling vertebrate pest animals on rural land, or
(b) a person employed by or in, or authorised by, a government agency prescribed by the regulations that has functions relating to the control or suppression of vertebrate pest animals, or
(c) a person whose occupation is the business of a primary producer, or who is the owner, lessee or manager of land used for primary production, and who is participating in an authorised campaign conducted by or on behalf of a government agency or public authority to eradicate large feral animals or animals that are affected by brucellosis or tuberculosis.

Reason: business or employment

The applicant must demonstrate that it is necessary in the conduct of the applicant's business or employment to possess or use the firearm for which the licence is sought.

Reason: occupational requirements relating to rural purposes

The applicant must be employed or engaged in a rural occupation that requires the possession or use of the firearm for which the licence is sought.

Reason: animal welfare

The applicant must be:
(a) an officer of the RSPCA or the Animal Welfare League who is appointed by the Minister administering the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 as an officer for the purposes of that Act, or
(b) a veterinary practitioner, or
(c) a person who is employed in the Department of Primary Industries or is a member of staff of Local Land Services and who has responsibility for animal welfare, or
(d) an owner, transporter, drover or other handler of animals who may need to destroy animals to avoid suffering.

Reason: firearms collection

The applicant must:
(a) be a current member of a collectors' society or club approved by the Commissioner in accordance with the regulations, and
(b) provide a written statement by that collectors' society or club confirming that the applicant's firearms collection has a genuine commemorative, historical, thematic or financial value.

ID: Q2489

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