Licence Renewals & Infringements
The Firearms Act 1973 and Firearms Regulations 1974 enables the WA Police Force to issue an infringement as an alternative option to deal with Firearms offences.
The period for which this section provides that a licence is valid is subject to:
- any other provision of this Act; and
- anything endorsed on the licence,
under which the licence ceases to be valid earlier.
An Ammunition Collectors Licence is valid for a period of 5 years from the day on which it was issued or last renewed.
- A Firearm Collectors Licence is valid for a period of 3 years from the day on which it was issued or last renewed unless that day was before the day on which the Firearms Amendment Act 2004 section 12 came into operation, in which case it is valid for a period of 5 years from the day on which it was issued or last renewed.
Any other licence under this Act is valid for a period of 12 months from the day on which it was issued or last renewed.
The Commissioner may, on payment of the prescribed fee, renew a licence from time to time for further periods on application made within one month before, or within 12 months after, its expiry.
A renewed firearms licence takes effect from the expiry date stated on the licence regardless of when payment was received. A licence cannot be renewed under this section more than 12 months after its expiry, but the person who held it is not prevented from making an application for a licence under section 18(1).
A Firearms Infringement Notice is issued to an individual person.
If you do not want to be prosecuted in court for the alleged offence, pay the Amount Due by the Due Date AND pay your Firearms Licence. If no payment is received by the Payment Due Date, WA Police Force may commence prosecution proceedings against you.
Please note: If payment is not received you will not be issued a Final Demand Notice, nor will the matter be referred to the Fines Enforcement Registry. Either the Infringement is paid, or the matter is taken to court.
Paying the penalty amount will not constitute a conviction of an offence under the Act and will not be regarded as an admission of liability for or affect any civil court case.
The range of payment options are listed on the Infringement Notice and your Firearms Licence notice. Alternatively, if you want this matter dealt with by prosecution in court then do NOT pay the Infringement and WA Police Force may commence prosecution proceedings.