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South Australia

South Australia

Information on this page was provided by South Australia Police and is specific to SA. The information 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?

If you are licensed to be in possession of firearms, you can hand unregistered firearms in to a participating licensed dealer for the purpose of adding them to your existing firearms license (subject to any existing categories, conditions and limitations). The firearms will be identified on an ‘Application for a permit to acquire a firearm’ (PD306).

If you are not licensed to be in possession of firearms, you may hand in a firearm to a participating licensed dealer. You may apply for a firearms license and register a firearm ONLY when the firearm is an heirloom or is historically significant. An assessment will be made by the South Australia Police Registrar of Firearms.

Cost

Fees for the purpose of registering a firearm will be waived during the amnesty. This means if you already have an appropriate licence, you will not be charged standard fees to obtain a permit to acquire.

If you require additional classes on your licence or require a new licence, you must pay standard licensing fees. Further information about South Australia's fee structure can be found on the South Australian Police website.

Can I sell my firearm?

Yes, you may sell your firearm, but only if you hold a firearms licence at the time of handing it in. The sale of the firearm is subject to a private commercial arrangement between you and the participating licensed dealer. 

However, you cannot sell an illegal firearm (e.g. unlawfully sawn down); you can only surrender it.

What if a firearm can't be registered or sold?

Your firearm can be handed in at a participating licensed dealer or at a Police Station where it will be sent for destruction.

What are the hand-in arrangements in SA?

During the amnesty, firearms, firearm parts and/or ammunition may be surrendered to police or participating licensed dealers.  A list of participating licensed dealers is available on the South Australian Police Firearms Branch website and on the Find a drop-off point page on this website.

Any firearm, firearm part or ammunition surrendered to a police station will be destroyed.

You are not required to make any special arrangements before surrendering a firearm. However, if you are unsure if your circumstances are covered by the amnesty, please contact South Australia Police Firearms Branch for advice.

The firearms amnesty is the only amnesty currently operating in South Australia. However, if you are unsure about how to surrender any item, please contact your local police station.

If you are in possession of explosive materials which you would like to hand in, please contact police on 131 444 for advice on its safe surrender.

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?

If you are found in possession of an unregistered firearm outside of the amnesty, you may be prosecuted and face a fine of up to $35,000 or imprisonment of up to seven years, depending on the category of firearm.

Contact details

SA Firearms Registry
Call: (08) 7322 3346
Email: SAPOL.FirearmsBranch@police.sa.gov.au

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 South Australia can be found on the South Australia drop-off points page.