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  • The Firearms Act 1996
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The Firearms Act 1996

This chapter details particular firearms offences, the powers police are given to enforce the Firearms Act and the rules surrounding storing, licensing and the prohibition of weapons.

Offences and Police Powers Under the Firearms Act

The Firearms Act 1996 (Tas) was introduced after the Port Arthur massacre, replacing the Guns Act 1991 (Tas). This Act implements by way of legislation the National Firearms Agreement, based on the premise that the ownership and use of a firearm is a privilege. Every person who owns or possesses ...

Storage, Licensing, Registration and Prohibited Weapons

Storage There are strict storage requirements under firearms legislation. Guns are required to be stored in locked receptacles, with the ammunition being stored separately from the firearm. Licensing In order to be granted a firearms licence a person must be at least 18 years of age, be a fit ...

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