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Get licensed

Aiming an air rifle on the finals range at the Sydney International Shooting Centre

Get your NSW Firearms Licence – it’s an easy four-step process.

Good news: we can help rifle shooters complete their Firearms Safety Training.

Step 1: Contact NSW Firearms Registry

Visit the NSW Firearms Registry website or call 1300 362 562 and provide your ‘genuine reason’ for using a firearm and the category of licence you want.

Note that category A is for air rifles, rim-fire rifles and shotguns; category B is for centrefire rifles and shotgun/centrefire combinations; and category H is for pistols.

You will need to complete the Personal Firearms Licence Form P561 and the Genuine Reason Form P660 and/or P661.

Step 2: Join a target shooting club

To satisfy the ‘genuine reason’ for registration, shooters must join a target shooting club. Check out our resident shooting clubs.

Additional requirements for pistol licences

You’ll need two character references to join a pistol club. Referees must be 18 years and over and have known you for at least 2 years.

Step 3: Complete firearms safety training

Shooters must also complete Firearms Safety Training. Rifle shooters can book their training at Sydney International Shooting Centre

Pistol shooters will receive Firearms Safety Training through their pistol club.

Step 4: Submit your application

Finally, submit your completed application forms to the NSW Firearms Registry and wait 28 days for issue of licence.

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