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.
Find out about the types of weapons licences available.
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
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.