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Australia. 1996 ‘Basic Licence Requirements.’ Special Firearms Meeting - the 'Nationwide Agreement on Firearms'; Section 4. Canberra: Australasian Police Ministers' Council. 10 May

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Basic Licence Requirements

Council resolved:

1. All jurisdictions to establish the following licensing requirements:

(a) that in addition to the demonstration of "genuine reason", a licence applicant should be required to:
- be aged 18 years or over;
- be a fit and proper person;
- be able to prove identity through a system similar to that required to open a bank account, that is, a 100 point system requiring a passport or multiple types of identification; and
- undertake adequate safety training; and

(b) that the licence:
- bear a photograph of the licensee;
- be endorsed with the category of the firearm;
- be endorsed with the holder's address;
- be issued after a waiting period of not less than 28 days;
- be issued for a period of no more than 5 years;
- contain a reminder of safe storage responsibilities;
- be issued subject to undertakings to comply with storage requirements, to provide details of proposed storage provisions at the time of licensing, and submit to a mutually arranged (with due recognition of privacy) inspection by licensing authorities of storage facilities;
- be subject to immediate withdrawal of licence and confiscation of firearms in certain circumstances. (Jurisdictions may wish to consider appropriate penalties -- additional to withdrawal or confiscation -- for the failure to comply with security and storage conditions.)

[The APMC Resolutions are also commonly known as the 'National Firearms Agreement,' or NFA].

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