Firearms and Related Legislation in NSW

How Do you Become a Registered Gun Owner?

First and foremost, it’s important to note that firearms laws in NSW are strict, and with good reason. They are designed to keep everyone safe. If you’re thinking of getting a gun, make sure you’re familiar with the rules and regulations.

To start with, you’ll need to obtain a firearms licence from the NSW Police Force. This involves completing a safety course and passing a background check, among other requirements. Once you’ve got your licence, you can legally possess and use firearms, but there are still some restrictions about which you should be aware.

For example, certain types of firearms, such as automatic and semi-automatic weapons, are prohibited in NSW. There are also rules around storage and transport of firearms, to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

As for supply, it’s illegal to sell or give firearms to anyone who doesn’t have a valid licence. There are also restrictions on who can purchase certain types of firearms, such as minors and people with certain criminal convictions.

What Criminal Offences Involve Firearms?

Illegal possession and supply of firearms can lead to serious charges and harsh penalties, which is why it’s important to understand the laws and possible defences to protect yourself.

The law in NSW is clear when it comes to firearms. It is illegal to possess, supply, or use firearms without a valid licence. Possession of an unlicensed firearm can result in imprisonment for up to 14 years, while supply of firearms can result in imprisonment for up to 20 years.

In addition to these harsh penalties, firearms offences can have long-lasting consequences on your reputation, career, and personal life. That’s why it’s crucial to understand your rights and options when facing such charges.

Are There Any Defences?

Fortunately, there are some defences available that can help you fight these charges. One of the most common defences is that the accused person did not have knowledge of the firearm or was unaware that it was unlicensed. Another possible defence is that the accused person had a valid reason for possessing the firearm, such as for work or sport.

It’s important to note that these defences are not always successful, and the outcome of your case will depend on the specific circumstances and evidence presented. That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced criminal defence lawyer by your side who can analyse the evidence and build a strong defence strategy. Contact the team at Jackson John Defence lawyers today to arrange your free 15 minute initial phone consultation.

Can You Be Charged for Possessing Other Weapons?

The short answer is, yes. Possession of a prohibited weapon has a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. There is a wide array of other items that are categorised as prohibited weapons, namely:

  • Knives such as a flick knife, ballistic knife, sheath knife, push dagger, trench knife, star knife, zombie knife;
  • Bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, or mine;
  • Spear gun;
  • Crossbow
  • Slingshot;
  • Hunting sling;
  • Blow-gun or blow-pipe;
  • Dart capable of being used in a blow-pipe or similar;
  • Mace;
  • Flail;
  • Whip;
  • Cat-o’-nine-tails;
  • Kung fu sticks;
  • Baton;
  • Taser gun;
  • Knuckle-dusters;
  • Studded gloves;
  • Particular types of sprays;
  • Acoustic or light-emitting device;
  • Walking stick with concealed blade;
  • Body armour vests;
  • Handcuffs;
  • Silencers;
  • Detachable firearm magazine;
  • Brass catcher;
  • Laser pointer; and
  • Bump stock.

Can These Charges be Defended?

The context of the possession of these items is relevant in determining whether you have committed any offences. If police cannot establish that you exclusively possessed the item, this is a potential defence. Additionally, if the police conducted an illegal search or seizure, any evidence obtained may be inadmissible in Court.

The team at Jackson John Defence Lawyers are highly skilled in developing an effective defence strategy. Contact us today to discuss your case and start building a robust defence.