New South Wales
Information on this page is specific to New South Wales (NSW) and may not be relevant in other states and territories.
General information and links to other states and territories is available on the About the amnesty page.
The term 'firearms' throughout this website is used to refer to firearms and firearm-related articles. Both can be handed in as part of the amnesty.
Can I register my firearm?
Yes, registration of unregistered firearms is an option during the amnesty, provided you can meet certain requirements.
If you are appropriately licensed for the firearm:
- Take the firearm and your firearms licence card to a participating firearms dealer. A list of participating firearm dealers is available from the Find a drop-off point page, or from the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry website.
- The participating firearms dealer will identify the firearm and complete an Application to Register Firearms in Possession form. The participating firearms dealer will provide you with a copy of this form and submit the application to the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry for processing.
- You can retain possession of the firearm if you have the appropriate safe storage. If not, the firearm will need to be stored with a firearms dealer until the appropriate safe storage can be met.
- The NSW Police Force Firearms Registry will process the firearm registration and, once finalised, you will be sent a Firearm Registration Certificate.
If you are not appropriately licensed for the firearm and you wish to obtain a firearms licence:
- Take the firearm to a participating firearms dealer. A list of participating firearm dealers is available from the Find a drop-off point page, or from the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry website.
- The participating firearms dealer will identify the firearm and take possession of it whilst you make arrangements to become appropriately licensed.
- To obtain a firearms licence in NSW, you must have a genuine reason and meet a range of legislative requirements relating to that genuine reason. You must also meet the probity requirements relating to firearms licensing. Please refer to the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry website for information about the requirements for obtaining a firearms licence, including category and genuine reason requirements, firearm safety training and licence fees. You can request an application for a firearms licence on the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry website. Alternatively, you can contact the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry on the Customer Service Link on 1300 362 562.
- Once your firearms licence application forms are received at the NSW Police Force Firearms Registry, a 28-day waiting period applies before your firearms licence can be issued. It is recommended that you allow a minimum of 35 days (7 days for postage and handling plus the mandatory 28-day waiting period).
- If you are issued with a firearms licence that authorises possession of the firearm, you must apply for a Permit to Acquire for the firearm. You can obtain this application form from the participating firearms dealer. There is a mandatory 28-day waiting period from receipt of your application before your Permit to Acquire can be issued. Again, it is recommended that you allow a minimum of 35 days.
- If the Permit to Acquire is issued, take it and your firearms licence to the participating firearms dealer, who will complete the paperwork to transfer the registration of the firearm into your name. At this time, you can take possession of the firearm if you have the appropriate safe storage for the firearm. If not, the firearm will need to be stored with a firearms dealer or within another compliant safe storage facility.
- The NSW Police Force Firearms Registry will process the firearm registration and once finalised you will be sent a Firearms Registry Certificate.
The NSW Firearms Registry does not charge a fee for registering firearms as part of the amnesty. The participating firearms dealer may charge an inspection, administrative and/or safekeeping fee for their services. These fees are between you and the participating firearms dealer.
If you apply for a licence, a fee may apply. Information about fee structures can be found on the NSW Firearms Registry website.
Can I sell my firearm?
Yes. If you do not wish to register the firearm, you can enter into a private commercial arrangement with a participating firearms dealer to sell the firearm to them.
What if a firearm can't be registered or sold?
If you cannot or do not want to register or sell your firearm, you can surrender it to police or a participating firearm dealer. These firearms may be destroyed.
What are the hand-in arrangements in NSW?
All firearms, firearm parts, ammunition and prohibited weapons can be handed in to participating firearm dealers and police stations during the amnesty period. If surrendering to a police station, you must make an appointment prior to attending the police station. A firearm can be taken to police stations for the purposes of surrender only.
A firearm can be taken to a participating firearm dealer for the purposes of having it registered, sold or surrendered. If you are handing in a firearm to a participating firearm dealer, ensure you have confirmed that the dealer is a participating dealer for the purposes of the amnesty. A list of participating firearm dealers is available on the NSW Firearms Registry website and on the Find a drop-off point page. It is incumbent on you to make the necessary enquiries with the dealer regarding any fees that may be charged and associated with their involvement.
In addition to the National Firearms Amnesty, NSW is holding a Commercial Explosives Amnesty. It commenced on 15 March 2017 and will conclude on 14 September 2017. The aim of the commercial explosives amnesty is to provide a safe avenue for members of the public to hand in explosives and related hazardous materials to police. If you are in possession of explosive materials which you would like to hand in, contact your local police station. IMPORTANT: Do not transport explosives. The following NSW Police Force Media Release provides further information.
Under no circumstances should loaded firearms be taken into a public place, including a police station or licensed firearms dealer.
What happens if I'm found in possession of an unregistered firearm?
In NSW, all firearms must be registered (with the exception of some antique and imitation firearms, which may be exempt from the registration requirements). A person must not supply, acquire, possess or use a firearm that is not registered. If you are found in possession of an unregistered firearm outside the amnesty provisions, you may be charged.
The maximum penalty is imprisonment for 14 years if the firearm concerned is a pistol or prohibited firearm, or imprisonment for five years in any other case. You may also be subject to significant fines and a criminal record.
Registry contact details
NSW Firearms Registry
Call: 1300 362 562
9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
List of NSW drop-off points
You can search for drop-off points closest to your location by using the map. Alternatively, a complete list of drop-off points for New South Wales can be found on the New South Wales drop-off points page.