New weapons licence

You must be 18 or over and meet a number of conditions to get a licence for a weapon.

If you are aged 11 to 17 you can apply for a minor’s licence. You cannot own a gun on a minor's licence.

See how to apply for a minor’s licence.

Find out about the types of weapons licences available.

Licence conditions

You must have a ‘genuine reason’ to hold a licence (e.g. sport or target shooting, working in a rural area, security guard).

To apply you must:

  • be a fit and proper person
  • have done an approved safety training course
  • have safe and secure storage for the weapon.

A fit and proper person

Generally a person is not fit and proper if in the last 5 years:

  • they have been convicted of (or discharged from custody on sentence) an offence involving:
    • the misuse of drugs
    • the use or threatened use of violence
    • the use, carriage, discharge or possession of a weapon
  • a domestic violence order, other than a temporary protection order, has been made against them.

We may also consider:

  • your mental and physical fitness
  • whether you have said anything false or misleading on or with your application
  • criminal intelligence or other information
  • public interest.

Be prepared before you apply

Have all your documents ready before you apply. You will be asked:

  • what sort of licence you need (e.g. security licence, concealable firearms, instructors licence)
  • what sort of weapon you want.

You must have:

  • proof of identity (as well as a passport quality photograph of yourself)
  • documents that support your reason for applying (e.g. your shooting club membership).

Watch our video and talk to local club members or a dealer for help applying.

Apply for a licence


Apply online for a new weapons licence

Contact us

Contact your nearest police station to apply for a weapons licence if you cannot apply online.

Permit to acquire

Once you have a weapons licence (or have applied for a weapons licence) you can apply for a permit to acquire a weapon.

You need a permit to acquire before you can buy or keep a weapon in Queensland.