Has anyone imported firearms into Australia before? I'm a sports shooter (target & long range shooting) and own several pistols, rifles and a pump-action shotgun and would like to continue my hobby in Australia.
So I've learned there is federal and state-level regulation. All weapons must adhere to the state regulation, and for some approval from the attorney-general (for example for the pump-action shotgun).
I'm really looking for the correct order to pick up my hobby in Australia, so to not get myself in any trouble :-)
- Verify that all to be imported firearms adhere to state law, and sell those off which don't :(
- Find a firearms dealer who is willing to receive the firearms after import
- File Form B709A for category A, B & C firearms and Form B709D for category H firearms to state police and request attorney-general permission for category C & H firearms
- Look into, and adhere to airline firearm transport requirements
- Join an approved target shooting club (and clay target shooting club for category
- Complete firearms safety training
- Request personal firearms license for category A, B firearms & probationary pistol licence for category H firearms
- Request permits for category A, B firearms, and pick those up from firearms dealer (from step 2)
- Complete pistol safety training
- After 6 months, request permits for (max 2, either centrefire or rimfire, but not both) category H firearms, and pick those up from firearms dealer (from step 2)
- After 1 year, request a Category H Sport/Target Shooting Licence, and pick up rest of category H firearms at firearms dealer
- Is this sequence correct and am I not missing anything?
- How long is the police certification (requested by form B709A/D) valid?
- Is a foreign (non-Australian) proof of safety training transferable?
- Is it common to pay storage fees to the firearms dealer?
- Are firearms transported to the firearms dealer by the DIBP?
Looking forward to your own experiences :-)