Toy guns will have to be licensed in Queensland under new firearms laws
* By Robyn Ironside
* From: The Courier-Mail
* August 04, 2010 8:59AMJosh Behrendt from Tobacco Station, Lutwyche holding a replica gun cigarette lighter / Mark Cranitch Source: The Courier-Mail
* Changes to Weapons Act
* Items that look like a gun to be licensed
* Toy guns includedANY ITEM that looks like a gun will have to be licensed under several changes to the Weapons Act being considered by the Queensland State Government.
Even guns made out of materials as unlikely as soap or plastic
may have to be kept under lock and key if they could "reasonably be taken to be a weapon".The draft act says an imitation is a "reasonable copy" of a weapon that is not capable of causing death or injury."If it looks like a gun and feels like a gun, it will have to be licensed
," said a government source.
"We just want to know where they are."
It is unclear how the draft affects toy guns.
Failure to license an imitation weapon will carry a maximum $4500 fine under the proposals and incorrect storage
carries a penalty of $750.
The proposed changes will also impose restrictions on the ownership of laser pointers
, tougher penalties for selling items such as crossbows
, bullet proof vests
and knuckledusters without the appropriate licence, and stricter rules on firearm storage
. In certain circumstances, religion will be a lawful excuse for carrying a knife and police who take their service-issue firearms home will be exempted
A discussion draft of the Act will be available on the Queensland Police website today and Police Minister Neil Roberts encouraged responses.
But firearm owners' groups have condemned the measures as cumbersome and misguided.
Christopher Ray from the Law Abiding Firearms Owners said legitimate owners were being "regulated out of existence".
"We just wanted some of the burden, some of the bureaucracy and some of the paperwork taken off our backs," Mr Ray said. "Instead, they're complicating it further for law-abiding people. If we make a single minor mistake we can lose our (gun) licence for five years."
He said LAFO was also opposed to police being given "free rein" to take their guns home and leave them on the bedside table.
Geoff Jones, state president of the Sporting Shooters Association, said the crackdown on imitation weapons risked making "otherwise law-abiding people into criminals".
Mr Roberts said a requirement for permanently deactivated public monuments such as weapons on display in RSL buildings to be registered or licensed had been removed from the draft act.
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"incorrect storage" - This means you will have to purchase a Gun Safe for a toy gun!!!
http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/weaponsLicensing/storage/howStoreYrWeaponFirearms.htmHow to Store your Weapon/Firearms
1) Firearms, Collectors Licences, Miscellaneous Licence, Group Licence and Firearms Licence (Instructor)
The following storage requirements apply to:
i) Firearms Licence (categories A, B and C) no more than 30 weapons;
ii) Collectors Licence (categories A, B, C and E) no more than 30 weapons;
iii) Miscellaneous Licence (category M);
iv) Group Licence (categories A, B, C and E)
v) Firearms Licence (Instructor) (categories A, B, C and E)
Firearms must be stored unloaded in a locked container with the bolt removed or the action broken. The container must be a rigid structure made of solid steel or solid timber and if the container weighs less than 150kg it must be securely fixed to the frame or floor of a permanent building.
2) Firearms, Concealable, Collectors Licences, Group Licence and Firearms Licence (Instructor)
The following storage requirements apply to:
i) Firearms Licence (category D) with a total of no more than 30 weapons
ii) Concealable Licence (category H) with a total of no more than 30 weapons iii) Collectors (categories D, H (permanently inoperable) and R) with a total of no more than 30 weapons.
iv) Group Licence (categories D & H) with a total of no more than 30 weapons
v) Firearms Licence (Instructor) (categories D & H) with a total of no more than 30 weapons
Firearms must be stored unloaded in a locked container with the bolt removed or the action broken.The container must be a rigid structure made of solid steel and be bolted to the frame or floor of a permanent building. The container must also have a sturdy combination lock, keyed lock or keyed padlock; and always be locked.
3) Firearms, Concealable, Collectors Licences, Group Licence and Firearms Licence (Instructor)
By virtue of section 60(5) of the Regulations, the following storage requirements apply to a licensee who holds a total of more than 30 categories A, B, C and D firearms and/or more than 30 category H firearms on the premises:
i) Firearms Licence
ii) Concealable Licence
iii) Collectors Licence
iv) Collectors (weapons) Licence (temporarily inoperable category H) regardless of number in possession
v) Group Licence
vi) Firearms Licence (Instructor)
Firearms must be stored unloaded in a locked container with the bolt removed or the action broken.A weapon possession under a collector’s licence (weapons) that is not in the licensee’s physical possession must be stored unloaded in a locked container or locked gun rack, in a locked room (the storeroom) complying with this part; or a locked vault complying with this part. This means that:
i) if you have a vault a per section 37 of the Regulations then you do not require gun rack or containers as per section 42 and 43 of the Regulations, inside the vault;
ii) if you have a gun rack or container as per section 42 and 43 of the Regulations, they must be inside the storeroom as per section 41 of the Regulations.
Gun Rack - A gun rack must have sturdy metal bars, grills or chains, to secure the weapons, locked in place by a sturdy keyed lock or keyed padlock. The gun rack must be fixed to the premises by welding or hardened steel bolts at least 10mm in diameter and no more than 10 weapons may be kept in the gun rack. Section 42 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 for further details on requirements for a gun rack.
Storeroom - must be, or be a part of, a permanent building. Each external wall of the storeroom must be made of brick, concrete or solid timber. Section 41 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 for further details on requirements for a storeroom.
Vault - A vault must be made of concrete or concrete blocks filled with concrete. The vault door must be made of steel and have steel door jambs, a built in deadlock or combination lock and have hinges that are welded to the door and door jamb. Section 37 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 for further details on requirements for a vault.
Container – A container in which a collection is stored must for a category D, H or R weapon be made of solid steel and be bolted to the frame or floor of the building. For another category of weapon the container must be made of solid steel or solid timber and if it weighs less than 150kg it must be securely fixed to the frame or floor of the building.
The container must have a sturdy combination lock, keyed lock or keyed padlock and must always be locked.
4) Dealers/Armourers/Theatrical Ordnance Suppliers
Sections 30-38 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 provide the legislative requirements for the secure storage of weapons registered to your licence/s. The storage requirements for these types of licences are at a higher level than that of a firearms licence holder, due to the ability of the licensee to possess and trade in high risk and larger number of weapons. These sections outline specific requirements for:
* how weapons may be stored;
* external doors;
* grills for windows and shopfront doors;
* burglar alarms;
* vaults and safes; and general requirements for gun racks.
Refer to sections 30-38 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 for further information.
Contact the Weapons Licensing Branch to arrange an inspection of premises. If establishing new premises or prior to modifying existing premises, it is recommended that contact is made with the Weapons Licensing Branch PRIOR TO commencement of construction or purchase, to ensure the premises are compliant with the relevant sections of the Weapons Regulations 1996.
There are numerous requirements for Dealers/Armourers licence, please contact the Weapons Licensing Branch PRIOR TO making an application for a licence.
5) Security Organisations
Section 50 of the Weapons Regulations 1996 states that an organisation that holds a security organisation licence must take reasonable precautions to ensure that weapons under the licence are not accessible to a person other than an endorsed representative or an employee of the organisation who holds a security licence (guard) or firearms licence (instructor).
It also outlines the legislative requirements regarding
* Vaults; and
* vault doors; and
to ensure the secure storage of weapons registered to your licence/s.
Refer to section 50 of the Regulations for further information.