Offences and Police Powers Under the Firearms Act

Law Access Developer Firearms

The Firearms Act 1996 (Tas) was introduced after the Port Arthur massacre, replacing the Guns Act 1991 (Tas). This Act implements by way of legislation the National Firearms Agreement, based on the premise that the ownership and use of a firearm is a privilege. Every person who owns or possesses a firearm is required to hold a licence and every firearm is required to be registered. Further, the range of firearms that can lawfully be used, possessed or collected is restricted.