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FIREARMS REGULATIONS - REG 23

Storage and safe keeping requirements for firearms dealer licences

    (1)     The following storage and safe keeping requirements apply to premises or a part of premises used by the holder of a firearms dealer licence to conduct business under the licence:

        (a)     the premises or the part of the premises must be a permanent building that complies with the following:

            (i)     all doors must be made of solid material or covered by a steel sheet or reinforced steel mesh that is firmly fixed or motion sensors must be fitted to all internal areas of the premises or the part of the premises;

            (ii)     all doors must be fitted with locks of the dead latch type or an extra hasp and padlock must be fitted;

            (iii)     all doors must be fitted with hinges that are concealed or that have had the hinge pins welded;

            (iv)     all doors must be fitted with 4 shoot bolts, on the inside and at the top and bottom of each door;

            (v)     all side and rear windows must be fitted with security screens;

            (vi)     all front windows must be fitted with security screens or motion sensors must be fitted to all internal areas of the premises or the part of the premises;

            (vii)     where motions sensors are fitted, they must be connected and operate to warn of any unauthorised entry of persons;

        (b)     a storage room in the premises or part of the premises in which firearms are stored must comply with the following:

            (i)     all walls must be sufficiently solid to provide a physical barrier to entry;

            (ii)     all windows must be fitted with security screens;

            (iii)     all lockable containers in the room must be constructed of steel or similar strong material and must be fitted with hinges that are concealed or that have had the hinge pins welded.

    (2)     The following storage and safekeeping requirements apply to firearms possessed under a firearms dealer licence:

        (a)     category A firearms and category B firearms may be displayed during business hours if:

            (i)     the firearms are displayed in a rack that is fixed to a solid wall; and

            (ii)     the firearms are secured in the rack by a high tensile cable or chain, with a minimum diameter of 4 mm, that passes through the trigger guard of each firearm and is padlocked to a wall or other immovable fixture;

        (b)     category H firearms may be displayed during business hours if the firearms are in a lockable display cabinet that is:

            (i)     fitted with glass or other material of sufficient strength to prevent easy entry; and

            (ii)     locked at all times except when a person who is the holder of a licence that authorises the person to possess or use category H firearms is inspecting a firearm in the cabinet;

        (c)     all display cabinets in which firearms are displayed must be designed so that the firearms on display cannot be readily removed;

        (d)     category A firearms and category B firearms may be stored in the rack referred to in paragraph (a) after business hours if the rack is constructed so that a sliding or drop down security mesh screen covers the firearms in the rack to prevent their removal;

        (e)     category A firearms and category B firearms, if not stored after business hours in accordance with paragraph (d), must be stored in a storage room that complies with the requirements of subregulation (1)(b);

        (f)     category H firearms must be stored after business hours in a locked safe in a storage room that complies with the requirements of subregulation (1)(b);

        (g)     category C firearms and category D firearms must not be displayed at anytime and must be stored in a storage room that complies with the requirements of subregulation (1)(b) in a safe that must remain locked at all times except when a person who holds a licence to possess or use category C firearms or category D firearms is inspecting a firearm in the safe.

    (3)     The holder of a firearms dealer licence must affix and keep affixed to each firearm in the holder's possession (other than for the purposes of maintenance or repair) a label showing the entry number for that firearm as entered in the register required to be kept under the Act and the identifying number (if any) of the firearm.



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