The Weapons Act 1990, the Weapons Regulations 1996 and the Weapons Categories Regulation 1997 outline the Queensland laws relating to use and storage of firearms. These laws require that all people in possession of a firearm must be licensed and register each weapon or firearm that they own.
There are strict controls on the use, possession and storage of firearms and offences can occur when these are not met. Some examples of firearm offences include where a person fails to register a weapon; does not hold a licence, fails to store firearms or ammunition correctly, possesses an illegal or restricted firearm, or when someone discharges a firearm in an unlawful manner. Recreational shooting
If you wish to own a firearm, you should be aware of the regulations in relation to this and ensure you are aware of the general requirements for applying for a weapons licence. For recreational shooting on any rural land, the area of the property you would like to shoot on has to be of sufficient size to ensure the safe use of the category/ies of weapons which is normally more than 40 acres. It is considered an offence to shoot on or into neighbouring private land without getting permission from the owner.
According to QLD Law for the charge of Acquisition Sale And Disposal Of Weapons Sections 35 of the Weapons Act Queensland states that anyone may acquire a weapon as long as the person is a licensed dealer, the person holds a permit allowing the acquisition of a weapon; and has bought it through a licensed dealer lawfully. The main aim of this act is to prohibit the possession and use of automatic and self loading rifles and shotguns. It also requires the need for the license holder to prove he or she has good reason for holding a license as well as making certain that firearms are always stored and moved from in a safe manner.
If you are convicted of an offence relating to the safe-keeping of firearms it is possible that you will be imprisoned – it is therefore imperative that you seek legal advice.