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Davies, Megan and Jenny Mouzos. 2008 ‘Court Outcomes for Firearm Offences in Australia.’ AIC Reports: Technical and Background Paper 31; Table 2 (31), p. 4. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. 3 December

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Table 2: Penalties for unauthorised possession of a firearm, by jurisdiction

Jurisdiction:
Category - Maximum penalty

NSW:
Prohibited firearm or pistol - Imprisonment for 14 years
Firearm generally - Imprisonment for 5 years

Vic:
Category A or B longarm - 120 penalty units ($12,000) or 2 years imprisonment
Category C or D longarm - 240 penalty units ($24,000) or 4 years imprisonment
Category E longarm - 600 penalty units ($60,000) or 7 years imprisonment
Longarm not category A, B, C, D or E - 240 penalty units ($24,000) or 4 years imprisonment
General category handgun - 240 penalty units ($24,000) or 4 years imprisonment
Category E handgun - 600 penalty units ($60,000) or 7 years imprisonment

Qld:
Category D, H or R weapon - 300 penalty units ($22,500) or 7 years imprisonment
Category C or E weapon - 200 penalty units ($15,000) or 4 years imprisonment
Category A, B or M weapon - 100 penalty units ($7,500) or 2 years imprisonment

WA:
Handgun or a prescribed firearm - Imprisonment for 7 years
Any other firearm - Imprisonment for 5 years

SA:
Prescribed firearm - $50,000 or imprisonment for 10 years
Class C, D or H firearm - $35,000 or imprisonment for 7 years
Any other firearm - $20,000 or imprisonment for 4 years

NT:
Any firearm - Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units ($50,000) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or both

NT:
Category A or B firearm - 200 penalty units ($22,000) or 12 months imprisonment
Other firearms - 400 penalty units ($44,000) or 2 years imprisonment

ACT:
Prohibited firearm - 200 penalty units ($20,000), 2 years imprisonment, or both
Firearm generally - 100 penalty units ($10,000), 12 months imprisonment, or both

[NSW = New South Wales; Vic = Victoria; Qld = Queensland; WA = Western Australia; SA = South Australia; NT = Tasmania; NT = Northern Territory; ACT = Australian Capital Territory]

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