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firearms + farming in nsw

Firearms offenses in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, are governed by strict regulations and laws designed to ensure public safety. It's important to note that these laws and regulations can change over time, so always consult the most up-to-date information from legal authorities or seek advice from one of our criminal defence lawyers.

Here at Stacey McAllan Legal, our lawyers can assist you in navigating firearms offences, regulations and firearms licensing.

Here are some common firearms offences and the corresponding penalties in NSW:

1. Possession of an Unregistered Firearm:

  • Penalties can include fines and imprisonment.

  • The severity of the penalty may depend on factors such as the type of firearm and prior offences.

2. Possession of a Prohibited Firearm:

  • Prohibited firearms, such as fully automatic weapons, are strictly regulated and generally not allowed for civilian ownership.

  • Possession of prohibited firearms can result in severe penalties, including lengthy imprisonment.

3. Possession of a Firearm Without a License:

  • In NSW, individuals must hold a valid firearms license to possess a firearm legally.

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm can lead to criminal charges.

4. Failure to Secure Firearms:

  • Firearms must be stored securely to prevent unauthorized access.

  • Failure to do so can result in penalties, especially if firearms are accessed by unauthorized individuals.

5. Trafficking or Selling Firearms Illegally:

  • Engaging in the illegal sale or trafficking of firearms is a serious offence and can result in significant penalties, including imprisonment.

6. Possession of Firearms During the Commission of a Crime:

  • Committing a crime while in possession of a firearm can lead to additional charges and more severe penalties.

7. Firearms Theft or Tampering:

  • Stealing firearms or tampering with serial numbers is a serious criminal offence and can lead to severe legal consequences.

8. Firearms Licensing Violations:

  • Violating the terms of a firearms license, such as using a firearm for unauthorized purposes, can result in the suspension or revocation of the license.

9. Firearms Safety and Storage Offences:

  • Failing to follow safe storage practices and safety regulations can lead to penalties (including criminal charges), especially if it results in accidents or unauthorized access to firearms.

It's crucial to comply with all relevant firearms laws and regulations in NSW.

If you have questions or concerns about firearms offences, seek legal advice from our criminal defence solicitors who understand firearms law in NSW to ensure you fully understand your rights and responsibilities.


Katie Jolliffe

Solicitor – (02) 6742 2122


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