Firearms Amendment (Ammunition Control) Bill 2012

  • Assented on 05/06/2012 - Act No 34 of 2012 (GG.60, 08/06/2012, p.2325).

Long Title

An Act to amend the Firearms Act 1996 to make further provision for the purchase and sale of ammunition

Explanatory Notes

Overview of Bill
The object of this Bill is to amend the Firearms Act 1996 as follows:
(a) to prevent the sale of ammunition by a licensed firearms dealer to a shooter unless the purchaser is the registered owner of, or has a permit to acquire, a firearm that takes the ammunition (in addition to the existing requirement that the purchaser must hold a licence or permit for a firearm that takes the ammunition),
(b) to require licensed firearms dealers to keep records of purchases and sales of ammunition.

Outline of provisions
Clause 1 sets out the name (also called the short title) of the proposed Act.
Clause 2 provides for the commencement of the proposed Act on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.

Schedule 1 Amendment of Firearms Act 1996 No 46
Restrictions on sales of ammunition
Schedule 1 [3] imposes additional requirements on a sale of ammunition by a licensed firearms dealer to a purchaser who holds a licence or permit for a firearm that takes the ammunition. The purchaser will now also be required to be the registered owner of, or hold a permit to acquire, a firearm that takes the ammunition. The firearms dealer will be required to sight the purchaser’s notice of registration or permit to acquire at the time ammunition is purchased. There are exceptions for sales of ammunition between licensed firearms dealers and sales by club armourers to club members for use in club firearms. Schedule 1 [2] makes a consequential amendment.

Records of ammunition transactions
Schedule 1 [1] requires a licensed firearms dealer to keep records of ammunition sales and purchases by the dealer. The new requirement parallels existing requirements for the keeping of records of transactions involving firearms and firearm parts.

Savings and transitional
Schedule 1 [4] enables savings and transitional regulations to be made as a consequence of the enactment of the proposed Act.

Note: If this Bill is not modified, these Explanatory Notes would reflect the Bill as passed in the House. If the Bill has been amended by Committee, these Explanatory Notes may not necessarily reflect the Bill as passed.


See Digest 2 of 2012, dated 02/21/2012 for an examination of this Bill by the Legislation Review Committee.

Agreement in Principle/Second Reading Speeches

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Legislative Assembly Minister's
"Agreement in Principle" Speech
Legislative Council Minister's 2R Speech
Firearms Amdt - LC 2nd Read.pdf

Amendments for Consideration

Legislative Assembly Legislative Council

Tracking through the Houses

  • Initially introduced in the Legislative Council
Legislative Council: Legislative Assembly:
  • Member with Carriage: Gallacher, Michael
  • Notice of Motion: Tue 14 Feb 2012
  • Introduced: Wed 15 Feb 2012
  • First Reading: Wed 15 Feb 2012
  • Minister's 2R Speech: Thu 16 Feb 2012
  • Second Reading: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Date Committed: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Reported w'out amdt: 08/05/2012
  • Report Adopted: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Third Reading: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Date Passed w'out amdt: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Sent to LA for Concurrence: Tue 8 May 2012
  • Member with Carriage: Smith, Greg
  • Introduced: Tue 8 May 2012
  • "Agreement in Principle" Speech: Thu 10 May 2012
  • Agreed to in Principle LA: Tue 29 May 2012
  • Date Declared by Speaker without amendment: Tue 29 May 2012
  • LC Sent to Governor: Fri 1 Jun 2012
  • Passed Parliament: Tue 29 May 2012

Text of Bill as passed by both Houses



  • Assented: Tue 5 Jun 2012