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In NSW, firearms and weapons offences are viewed as serious offences, especially given the current climate. Firearms legislation regulates the possession, use, purchase, manufacture and supply of firearms and components. The intent of the legislation is to limit firearm possession and promote public safety. This page sets out what the Police must prove to successfully prosecute you, as well as the maximum penalties for firearm offences.

In NSW, a firearm is defined quite broadly as a "gun or other weapon, that is (or at any time was) capable of propelling a projectile by means of an explosive", including blank fire firearms and air guns. The legislation also treats imitation ("replica") firearms, that are not specifically produced and identified as a children's toy, in the same manner as the firearm / gun / pistol / rifle / weapon that they represent.

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Unlicensed vs Unregistered Firearm Offences - What is the diffence between these charges?




Offences arising out of the Firearms Act may occur by way of a penalty notice. Offences that occur in this manner may be dealt with by paying the fine. This is not an admission of guilt and if the full fine provided in the penalty notice is paid, the person is not liable to any further proceedings for that offence


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If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.

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