Getting a License
Category A & B – Longarms
Obtaining a firearms license is a pretty straight forward, but involved process. Below you find some basic information on obtaining either your rifle or handgun license. Should you require more information you can contact your local branch or the Queensland Police.
Obtaining a Rifle license (Cat A & B) is quite simple:
- You must be a member of a shooting organisation, or obtain a letter from a property owner from which you would be using your firearm. Being a member of SSAA had other benefits as well (such as insurance). You can become a member online at www.ssaa.org.au or fill out a form located at the range.
- You must then complete a course in Safety Training & Firearm handling. You will be issued a Statement of Attainment soon after completing the theoretical and practical components to the course.
- Once both proof of membership to an appropriate club and Statement of Attainment are received, you can then apply for your Cat A&B License.
This procedure takes approximately 28 days once the paperwork is sent. It is quicker and easier for both parties to do the application online at: www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponslicensing/applyonline/default.htm
You will be required to pay the appropriate fees at time of submitting the application.
Category H – Handgun
If you currently hold a Firearms License, you can skip to Step 3:
- Applicants that do not have a current A or A & B shooters license must first complete and lodge a Form QP515 – Application for a Statement of Eligibility to join an Approved Pistol Shooting Club with QLD Police. If you are successful, a Statement of Eligibilty will be sent, and is valid for 3 months.
- If you are not already a member, you must join SSAA National (see above).
- Apply for membership to SSAA Bundaberg (or approved pistol club). You will need to include copy of your statement of eligibility or firearms license, 2 character references from people who have know you for minimum 2 years, if you are not a SSAA member. A declaration is required if you have been a member of another approved shooting club.
- After acceptance of application by the committee, you must complete a safety course for Cat H – again a Statement of Attainment will be issued and is valid for 12 months; participate in at least 3 handgun competitions within a 6 month period. Details of this are to be recorded on the Pistol Participation Record Sheet.
- After the 6 month period, you can apply for your license. See details above about website. You will also be required to show copies of your safety course certificate, pistol participation record sheet and also a form QP518A (declaration from the club regarding membership).