To acquire a firearm you must be the holder of a current NSW firearms licence or permit. You're then able to apply for a permit to acquire a firearm (PTA).
The category of licence or permit you hold will indicate what category of firearm you're authorised to possess. For example, if you hold a category B licence or permit, you're only authorised to acquire a category B firearm.
As part of the online application you'll be asked to select a 'good reason' for acquiring a firearm. See Things to keep in mind... for details.
You need to complete a separate online application for each firearm you wish to acquire.
A fee is attached to each application, however certain exemptions do apply.
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- You must hold a current NSW firearms licence or permit, and may only apply for the type of firearm that your category of licence authorises you to possess.
Probationary pistol licence (PPL) holders can only apply for a PTA in the second 6 months of their pistol licence. You can check the issue date of your PPL on the Firearms Registry Public Register.
What you need
- a MyServiceNSW Account linked to the NSW Police Force
- your current firearm licence or permit number
- details of the address where you'll safely store your firearm
- a current credit card for your payment (if applicable).
If you're applying to acquire a handgun for sports target shooting purposes, you'll also need:
- your Club Confirmation Form – PDF (completed by a club official)
- your Pistol Firearms Safety Training Completion Certificate – PDF (Probationary Pistol Licence holders only who have not already supplied a copy to the Firearms Registry).
How to apply
- Select the ‘Apply online’ button.
- Log into, or sign up for, your MyServiceNSW Account.
- Link to the NSW Police Force.
- Complete the online application form.
- If you're applying for a handgun for target shooting purposes, upload:
- Enter your payment details (if requested).
- Read and confirm the declaration.
- Submit your application.
Fee exemptions are automatically applied during the online application process to:
- primary producers whose current licence is issued with the genuine reason of primary production
- holders of the following current concession cards:
- Centrelink Pension Card
- Disability Card
- Veterans' Affairs Çard (including concession and health care card).
- If your pensioner status has changed and you've been issued one of the above concession cards, you'll need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of the valid pension card before you apply for a PTA. When you receive a confirmation email that your status has been updated, allow at least 24 hours before you begin your online application.
- If your pension card has expired since lodging a prior application, you'll be able to upload a copy of your current concession card during the application process.
- For an initial PTA, there’s a mandatory 28-day waiting period between the receipt of your application and the issue of the PTA.
- If you already have a firearm registered to you and your PTA is for the same category of firearm, there's no waiting period. If you're applying for a different category of firearm the mandatory 28-day waiting period applies.
- A PTA is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. If it expires before you acquire your firearm, you’ll need to re-apply and pay the application fee again.
- In the second 6 months of their licence, PPL holders can apply to acquire 2 handguns, but are not permitted to possess a centrefire pistol and a rimfire pistol at the same time.
- You must present your PTA to the firearms dealer when acquiring your firearm. The dealer will complete the relevant details on the PTA and forward it to the Firearms Registry, who will then issue you with your registration certificate.
- You must comply with the safekeeping and storage requirements as prescribed by the Firearms Act 1996, the associated Regulation, and as recommended by the Commissioner. Please refer to the following Safe Storage FACT sheets for more information:
- Having a 'good reason' for acquiring a firearm is a legislative requirement under Section 31(3)(c) of the Firearms Act 1996. Previously this requirement was met by the applicant signing a general declaration that they had a good reason for acquiring a firearm.