today 25, March 2020

Please be advised that Weapons Licensing has modified business operations in response to the unfolding novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic can be accessed at www.australia.gov.au.
Enquiries regarding the operations of Dealers, Armourers, Clubs, Ranges and Galleries should be made with the relevant business directly.

Weapons Licensing phone contact lines will be unavailable for enquiries until further notice.  Weapons Licensing staff continue to process applications and will contact applicants should further information be required.

Enquiries can be made by email to weaponslicensing@police.qld.gov.au or by the ‘General Enquiries’ online form at https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/contact.

Personal or business details can be updated online using the online form at https://www.police.qld.gov.au/webform/update.

It is requested that you do not use these general enquiry methods to make status enquiries regarding applications unless there is an urgent need, as this allows our staff to focus on processing and issuing applications instead.

Unfortunately, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are experiencing delays in the processing of applications and responding to enquiries.  The community’s support and patience is appreciated during this period of time.

With respect to particular areas of Weapons Licensing:

Category H Shooting Competition Participation

Weapons Licensing acknowledges and appreciates the impacts that the emergent novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is having on the both the target shooting and wider weapons licence holder community.

Due to closures, recommendations to avoid non-essential gatherings and travel and other impacts arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authorised Officer has deemed that Category H shooting competition participation for the period 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 is considered interrupted for licence holders for reasons outside of their control.

Accordingly, owners of registered Category H firearms will have the below reduced participation requirements for the 2019-20 financial year (prorated from 1 July 2019 to 29 February 2020).

Number of Classes of Handgun Registered Number of Shoots Required
One Four (normally six)
Two Five (normally eight)
Three Eight (normally 12)
Four Ten (normally 16)

Potential reduced requirements for the 2020-21 financial year will be considered closer to 30 June 2020 based on an assessment of impacts at that stage.

Should a licence holder not be able to meet the revised lower number of shooting competitions for the 2019-20 financial year, a brief submission should be supplied when lodging a renewal application.

Queensland Concealable Firearms Licence Holders who act in good faith will not have adverse action taken against their licences for failing to complete their required participation shoots due to disruptions arising from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Weapons Licensing appreciates that licence holders complete their shoots at different times during the year, and that some licensees may now not be able to meet their required shoots.  

Further information about normal participation requirements and the classes of handguns can be found here.

Licence Renewal Applications

Licence renewal applications remain a priority to ensure these applications are processed within 42 days of expiry of the licence.

Renewals are processed in order of licence expiry date.

Licence renewal applications lodged at least one day prior to the expiry date ensure the licence remains valid until 42 days after expiry, or otherwise decided.

New Licence Applications

The Licensing Team are currently processing a large volume of new licence applications, with the majority of licence applications being processed within fifteen (15) to twenty (20) weeks.

It is requested that you allow twenty (20) weeks from the date you lodged your application before making further contact with us via email.

A Weapons Licensing representative will contact you if any further information is required in relation to your application, after your application is assessed.

Weapons Licensing understands that occupational applications have an impact upon applicants’ livelihoods and businesses and, therefore, these types of applications will be assessed as soon as possible.

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