Welcome to our second edition of the Firearms Bulletin for 2021!
The Licensing and Regulation Division would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to the all stakeholders within the firearms industry for their continued understanding and cooperation as we continue to navigate a new COVID normal.
We are constantly striving to improve our services. To ensure that we continue to achieve a high level of service delivery, this quarterly newsletter will be used to raise issues with you and assist you in resolution.
To stay up-to-date with current information, please refer to the Victoria Police website.
Current Status of Applications
Please be advised that the Licensing and Regulation Division (LRD) is currently experiencing a high volume of applications. As such, approval of your new firearm licence or renewal application may be delayed.
Application processing times are as followed:
- New firearm licence applications submitted 14 April 2021
- Firearm licence renewals submitted 24 May 2021
The above processing times are indicative only and complex applications or those with suitability concerns may take longer to process. To stay up to date you can also access the status of processing times on the Victoria Police website for firearms, which is frequently updated and will provide you with the most current information about your application.
Please also remember:
- Applications can take up to 28 days to process therefore we may not respond to requests if your application was received by our office within this 28-day period. This time frame is not applicable to individual applications that are incomplete or require further information from the applicant.
National Firearms Amnesty
Australia governments have come together to hold an ongoing national amnesty to reduce the number of unregistered firearms and improve public safety. The amnesty will commence Thursday 1 July 2021.
The amnesty allows people to surrender the following possessions without fear of prosecution:
- Firearms (including homemade firearms)
- Firearm related parts and accessories
- Cartridge ammunition
Please note, commercial and military explosives and explosive ordinances are not covered in Victoria under the amnesty.
In Victoria, the community will be able surrender the above possessions to Licensed Firearms Dealers (LFD’s) for destruction, register or sale to appropriately licenced individuals in accordance with the conditions of their licence.
LFD’s will be granted a reasonable time frame to appropriately dispose of the items received during the amnesty and collection arrangements will be made between LFD and their local Divisional Firearms Officers (DFO).
Who is managing the Amnesty?
Whilst Victoria Police can accept surrendered items under the amnesty the public is encouraged to surrender possessions to LFD’s as directed by Crime Stoppers, here.
Crime Stoppers Victoria are leading in managing the national coordination of the campaign through Crime Stoppers Australia.
The Crime Stoppers Australia will be a central location for information on how and where to surrender, register or sell firearms, parts and ammunition.
From 11.59pm on Thursday 24 June 2021, Victoria has further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings. For more information, please refer to the Victorian Government website.
As the health pandemic continues it is important to stay safe and implement safe practices including,
- Washing your hands
- Social distancing where you can, keeping at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others
- Do not go out if you are feeling unwell, unless it is to get tested
- Get vaccinated if you are eligible
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