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Victoria. 1998 ‘Issue of Junior Licences.’ Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 (Version No. 080, as of 1 December 2015); Part 2 (Section 18). Melbourne: Department of Justice, Victoria. 31 January
18. Issue of junior licences
(1) The Chief Commissioner may licence a natural person who is of or over 12 years of age and under 18 years of age to carry or use category A or B longarms, category C longarms (being shotguns) or general category handguns of the type specified in the licence for the purpose of receiving instruction in the use of such firearms or engaging in sport or target shooting competitions.
(2) The Chief Commissioner must not issue a junior licence which authorises the carriage or use of a category C longarm, being a shotgun, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the licence is required for the reason of clay target shooting.
(2A) The Chief Commissioner must not issue a junior licence which authorises the carriage or use of a general category handgun, unless the applicant can demonstrate that the licence is required for the reason of handgun target shooting.
(3) For the purposes of demonstrating that a junior licence is required for the reason of clay target shooting, the applicant must —
(a) be a member of a clay target shooting club or organisation approved by the Chief Commissioner; and
(b) engage in clay target shooting only at a place which is authorised by or under this Act as a place at which clay target shooting may take place; and
(c) demonstrate other prescribed requirements.
(4) For the purpose of demonstrating that a junior licence is required for the reason of handgun target shooting, the applicant —
(a) must be and continue to be a member of an approved handgun target shooting club; and
(b) if the applicant is not, at the time of the application, the holder of a licence in another State or a Territory of the Commonwealth that authorises the carriage or use of handguns for the reason of target shooting, must, for the period of 6 months immediately preceding the application, have been a member of that club.
(5) In the case of a person who is applying for a junior licence for the reason of handgun target shooting, the Chief Commissioner must not issue such a licence to that person unless a nominated officer of an approved handgun target shooting club of which the person is a member has, on behalf of the club, endorsed the application.