Increased Penalties for Firearm Offences: Changes to increase penalties for stealing firearms or unlawfully possessing firearms have commenced.

Announcement

The Firearm Amendment Bill 2022 has resulted in changes to the Criminal Code in WA. These changes have brought about increased penalties for Stealing and Unlawful Possession offences related to firearms.

The changes to the Criminal Code are as follows;

  • Section 378 (5)(g) provides that if the thing stolen is a firearm as defined in the Firearms Act 1973, the offender is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.
  • Section 417A (4A) provides special circumstances where possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property namely a thing that is defined in the Firearms Act 1973, the offender is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.

For further details choose Amendments to Recent Legislation in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Help Centre page

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Persons wishing to possess or use a firearm in Western Australia are governed by the Firearms Act 1973 and the Firearms Regulations 1974.