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The FAQs about...security of firearms and ammunition

Firearm ownership carries significant responsibilities for the safe storage of firearms and ammunition.

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.

What are the storage requirements for firearms?

The storage requirements differ according to the class of firearm.

A class A or B firearm or the receiver of a class A or B firearm, must keep the firearm or receiver secured by:

  • securely attaching and locking it to part of the building in which it is kept; or
  • keeping it in a locked cabinet made of hardwood or steel that is securely attached to the building in which it is kept, or
  • keeping it in a locked safe made of steel that is securely attached to the building in which it is kept; or
  • keeping it in a locked steel and concrete strongroom; or
  • such other method as is approved by the Registrar.

A class C, D or H firearm or the receiver of a class H firearm must keep the firearm or receiver secured by any of the last three methods above.

A cabinet or safe must be fitted with fittings and locks that prevent it from being easily forced open; and made of material of sufficient thickness to prevent it from being easily broken, opened or destroyed. A safe need not be attached to the building if it's mass when empty is 150 kilograms or more.

What are the specifications for a safe?

There are no minimum specifications for safes in South Australia. In contrast, New South Wales Police have quite detailed advice on safe specifications such as types of locks, construction, size and fixture to buildings. This also describes the requirements for different classes of firearms (e.g. rifles, handguns) and purposes (e.g. collectors, dealers, theatrical).

What are the storage requirements for ammunititon?

Ammunition must be stored in a locked container that is separate from firearms.

How should I secure my firearms and ammunition when travelling to and from the range?

The Firearms Act states that the holder of a firearms licence 'must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the firearm or ammunition is not lost or stolen or does not come into the possession of an unauthorised person.

For example, you might consider measures such as a trigger lock, locakble case, or a steel chain or cable. You should not leave your vehicle unattended when en route (e.g. stopping at the shops or for fuel).

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