Weapons Legislation (Lever Action Shotguns) Amendment Regulation 2017.
These changes will commence on the 1st of March 2018.
The Regulation results in the re-classification of lever action shotguns with a capacity of 5 rounds or less to Category B, and the re-classification of lever action shotguns with a capacity of more than 5 rounds to Category D.
There is also transitional (grandfathering) provisions relating to lever action firearms which were registered, or lawfully modified, prior to the making of the regulation on the 10th of October 2017.
I am pleased to advise that no action will be required by registered owners for the reclassification of lever action shotguns with a capacity of 5 rounds or less to Category B. Weapons Licensing will update the Commissioners Weapons Register to reflect this change and next time your firearms licence is updated the Weapons list will also be updated.
The transitional (grandfathering) provisions will automatically relate to lever action shotguns which were registered as having a capacity of more than 5 rounds as at the making of the Regulation (10th October 2017).
On or about the 1st of March 2018 Weapons Licensing will send out an updated firearms licence with condition code to reflect that you can hold a Category D lever action shotgun on a Category B licence to those licensees with a lever action shotgun with a capacity of 5 or more rounds.
Lever action shotguns which were manufactured and/or purchased with a capacity of more than 5 rounds would fall within the scope of the grandfathering provisions, provided the authorised officer is satisfied accordingly. This may, in some circumstances, require the provision of some additional information to the authorised officer.
Alternatively, where a person can satisfy the authorised officer that the firearm was lawfully modified to have a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds, prior to the making of the Regulation (10th October 2017), the registration of the firearm will be updated and endorsements on a person’s licence undertaken accordingly.
Where unauthorised modifications of a lever action shotgun have occurred to increase the magazine capacity above 5 – these firearms will not fall within the scope of the transitional (grandfathering) provisions. Please note that magazine capacity refers to the magazine capacity only and does not include the cartridge in the chamber.
As the Weapons Legislation (Lever Action Shotguns) Amendment Regulation will commence on the 1st of March 2018, this provides such persons the opportunity to take appropriate steps to ensure they are compliant with the amended Regulation which may include (i) taking steps to revert the firearm to the original 5 rounds (or less) magazine capacity, (ii) disposing of the firearm by sale or surrender, or (iii) if they can satisfy the criteria to apply for and obtain the requisite licence for the reclassified weapon.
The attached Fact Sheet outlines the transitional arrangements that will occur to accommodate each circumstance.
Please be advised that you are authorised to continue to possess and use your lever action shotgun/s in accordance with the authority and conditions of your respective firearms licence.
Importantly, the Regulation contains succession provisions which will also allow a person inheriting a grandfather lever action shotgun to apply to the Weapons Licensing for an endorsement to be added to their licence (without charge) to enable ongoing possession of the Category D firearm.
If you have any questions please contact Weapons Licensing on 3015 7777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qld Lever Action Shotgun Re-Categorisation Fact Sheet