The fundamental purpose of the Firearms Act 1996 is that the possession of
firearms is conditional on the need to ensure public safety and peace.
Firearms owners must be registered with Victoria Police, and a Permit to
Acquire as well as an appropriate firearms licence is required to purchase,
possess, carry and use firearms in Victoria. The Licensing and Regulation
Division of Victoria Police scrutinises all applications and renewals for a
firearms licence and will only grant a licence to those who meet stringent
There are a number of offences in place to reduce the
risks associated with firearm carriage, use and possession. It is an offence to
possess, carry or use a firearm on private property without consent of the
property owner. It is also an offence to use a firearm in a dangerous manner as
provided in section 129 of the Firearms Act 1996.
encourages the public to contact local police if they have concerns about
shooting activity in their area or on their property and call Triple Zero
‘000' in an emergency.
Victoria Police regularly prosecutes
firearms offences and investigates alleged breaches in a range of
circumstances. Divisional firearms officers are deployed in each region and
have the technical and regulatory knowledge to effectively enforce the Firearms
Act 1996 in their local area.
In 2019, there were a total of 4,712
firearm offences recorded. Of those offences, 3,468 were firearm related
offences and the remaining 1,244 offences were ammunition related.
the 3,468 firearm offences, 12 were related to using a firearm on private
property without consent, 3 were related to carrying a firearm on private
property without consent, and 6 were related to possessing a firearm on private
property without consent.
Further, related offences
- Carry/use a firearm in a dangerous
- Possess loaded firearm in a public place (48)
a loaded firearm in a public place (29)
- Use a firearm in a public place
- Use a firearm with reckless disregard in other place
- Failure to comply with licence conditions (Category A, B and
E longarms) (15)
The government is constantly
considering the risk firearms use poses to the community, and through state and
national firearms user groups, promote safety and compliance with the law
whilst respecting the legitimate activities of licenced firearms users.