Firearms Act 1996
The purposes of the Firearms Act 1996 are—
(a) to give effect to the principle that the possession, carriage, use, acquisition and disposal of firearms are conditional on the need to ensure public safety and peace by—
(i) establishing a system of licensing and regulating the possession, carriage and use of firearms and related items which does not allow for self defence to be used as a reason for obtaining a licence to possess, carry or use a firearm; and
(ii) establishing a system of licensing and regulating the carrying on of the business of dealing in firearms; and
(iii) establishing a system of permitting and regulating the acquisition and disposal of firearms and related items; and
(iv) establishing a system of registering firearms; and
(v) establishing requirements for the secure storage and carriage of firearms; and
(vi) establishing a Firearms Appeals Committee to hear applications for review of decisions of the Chief Commissioner under the Act; and
(vii) making provision for the education of the community in the safe and responsible use of firearms; and
(viii) making other related provisions; and
(b) to repeal the Firearms Act 1958; and
(c) to make various consequential amendments to other Acts.
Firearms Act 1996 document
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