Firearms are regulated in Victoria by the Firearms Act 1996. The Firearms Regulations 2008, which are made under the Act, will expire on 8 April 2018. The regulations deal with some aspects of the use of and trade in firearms. They also set fees for licences, permits and approvals relating to firearms.
The Department of Justice and Regulation, working with Victoria Police, is in the process of reviewing the regulations and has developed proposed new regulations to replace them when they expire. A Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) has been developed to:
- explain the proposed new regulations
- outline other potential options for amending the regulations.
The review has, so far, included consultation with a number of firearms community stakeholders and individual dealers. The department is now seeking comments from members of the public on the proposed regulations.
The feedback received through this public consultation will be taken into account when a decision is made about the final regulations, which will happen in 2018.
Written submissions should be provided to the Department by no later than 5.00pm AEST, 25 January 2018. Submissions can be uploaded through the Engage Victoria website at www.engage.vic.gov.au/firearmsregulations or sent to:
Firearms Regulation Review
Police Policy and Governance
Department of Justice and Regulation
GPO Box 4356
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All comments and submissions received by the due date will be considered before the proposed regulations are made.