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Victoria. 1998 ‘Purpose.’ Firearms Act 1996 No. 66 of 1996 (Version No. 080, as of 1 December 2015); Part 1 (Section 1). Melbourne: Department of Justice, Victoria. 31 January

Relevant contents

1 Purpose

The purposes of this Act are —

(a) to give effect to the principle that the possession, carriage, use, acquisition and disposal of firearms are conditional on the need to ensure public safety and peace by —
(i) establishing a system of licensing and regulating the possession, carriage and use of firearms and related items which does not allow for self defence to be used as a reason for obtaining a licence to possess, carry or use a firearm; and
(ii) establishing a system of licensing and regulating the carrying on of the business of dealing in firearms; and
(iii) establishing a system of permitting and regulating the acquisition and disposal of firearms and related items; and
(iv) establishing a system of registering firearms; and
(v) establishing requirements for the secure storage and carriage of firearms; and
(vi) establishing a Firearms Appeals Committee to hear applications for review of decisions of the Chief Commissioner under the Act; and
(vii) making provision for the education of the community in the safe and responsible use of firearms; and
(viii) making other related provisions; and

(b) to repeal the Firearms Act 1958; and

(c) to make various consequential amendments to other Acts.

[Editor's Note: After reviewing available legislation and other source documents, found no evidence of a provision in law to regulate this aspect of firearm policy. As some authorities enforce restrictions only in practice, the mere absence of a published legal provision should be treated with caution]

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