When you apply for a NSW firearms licence you must provide evidence of your genuine reason for the possession and use of firearms.
The protection of yourself or another person is not considered a genuine reason.
Genuine reasons determine:
- the category of licence issued
- the type of firearm you’re authorised to possess and use.
You can have more than one genuine reason on your firearms licence.
Firearms licences are issued for 2 or 5 years with the exception of:
- first time applicants for a category H firearm licence with the genuine reason of:
- target shooting, who will be subject to a probationary pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
- business or employment as an armed security guard, who will be subject to a provisional pistol licence – PDF for the first 12 months.
Note: If you're applying for a genuine reason or category other than the above, you may need to be issued with a separate licence.
- primary producers engaged in an authorised eradication campaign who may be eligible for a 12 month category D licence.
A fee is attached to a licence application, however you may be eligible for a fee exemption.Apply online