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The FAQs about...firearms licences

Getting the right information is vital to making sure your licence application is processed correctly and efficiently. Here you will find some of the common issues relating to obtaining, varying and understanding to scope of licence endorsements.

NOTE: This is general advice and you should be familiar with the requirements of the Fireams Act 1977 and the Firearms Regulations 1993 that pertain to your specific circumstances.

How do I apply for a South Australia firearms licence?

You will information for Club applications on our Join pages. If you are seeking a non-Club licence (i.e. hunting, target shooting etc), please contact Firearms Branch.

What is a 'class' or 'category' of firearm?

Firearms are grouped according to characteristics such as their type, action or capacity. Each is referred to as a category or class. There are five classes of firearm: A, B, C, D and H. Visit the Firearms Branch website for further details on each class.

What is a 'purpose of use' for a firearm?

Firearms licences specify the purpose for which a firearm of a particular class may be used by the licence holder. These purposes are:

  • POU1 - sporting shooters' club
  • POU2 - target shooting (private property)
  • POU3 - hunting
  • POU4 - paint-ball
  • POU5 - primary production
  • POU6 - security
  • POU7 - other purposes approved by the Registrar (e.g. instructors, dealers)

Not all POU are available for each class of firearm. For example, a club licence may only be endorsed with A1/B1/H1.

What classes and POU can I apply for?

The following combinations are possible:

Table of Classes and Purposes
Class Purpose of use

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

A

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

B

Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

C

Y
Y
Y

D

Y

H

Y
Y
Y

How do I add or delete classes and POUs on my firearms licence?

Go to a police station and ask for an 'Application to vary a firearms licence' (Form PD307). You may need to submit justification for some classes or POU.

My licence is due for renewal. What do I need to do?

Depending on the classes and POU endorsed on your licence, you may need to provide witten justification for your licence to be renewed. For POU 1 (Club use) the Club Secretary will issue a certificate (a.k.a. 'chit') which indicates that you are an active and financial Club member. For H class licence holders, this means that you must have attended the required number of Club competitions for each category of handgun that you own.

What are the categories of handguns?

Handguns are divided into categories according to calbre. These categories are:

  • Category 1 - .177cal (air pistol)
  • Category 2 - .22cal (rimfire)
  • Category 3 - not greater than .38cal (centrefire)
  • Category 4 - greater than .38cal (centrefire)

How many attendances do I need to be an 'active' member?

For H class licence holders who own one or more handguns, you must attend at least six Club competitons using your primary handgun category. You must also attend at least four Club competitons for each additional category that you own. That can quickly add up to a lot of competiton!

For H class licence holders who do not own a handgun, compettiton can recorded in any six categories.

For A and B class liences, there is no legislated minimum.

Table of Classes and Purposes
Handgun Category Attendances Total
1 6 6
2 6 + 4 10
3 6 + 4 + 4 14
4 6 + 4 + 4 + 4 18

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