Security of Firearms and Ammunition
Note: firearm includes receivers of firearms.
The following has been extracted from the SA Firearms Act and Regulations. For further advice please contact SAPOL – Firearms Branch
Part 6 – Section 38.
( I ) A person (not being a dealer) who has possession of a class A or B firearm, must keep the firearm or receiver secured by-
- (a) Securely attaching and locking it to part of the building in which it is kept; or
- (b) Keeping it in a locked cabinet made of hardwood or steel that is securely attached to the building in which it is kept, or
- (c) Keeping it in a locked safe made of steel that is securely attached to the building in which it is kept; or
- (d) Keeping it in a locked steel and concrete strongroom; or
- (e) Such other method as is approved by the Registrar.
(2) A person (not being a dealer) who has possession of a class C, D or H firearm must keep the firearm or receiver secured by-
- (a) Keeping it in a locked safe made of steel that is securely attached to the building in which it is kept.
- (b) Keeping it in a locked steel and concrete strongroom.
- (c) Such other method as is approved by the Registrar.
(3) A cabinet or safe referred to in sub regulation (1) or (2) must be-
- (a) Fitted with fittings and locks that prevent it from being easily forced open.
- (b) Made of material of sufficient thickness to prevent it from being easily broken, opened or destroyed.
(4) Despite sub regulations (1)(C) and (2)(a), a safe need not be attached to the building if it’s mass when empty is 150 kilograms or more.
Part 6, Section 41—Ammunition Storage Requirments
(1) Ammunition must be stored in a locked container separately from firearms.
(2) A person must not have possession of a round of ammunition that includes high explosives or that is designed to kill, injure or incapacitate by means of smoke or chemicals.
(3) A person must not have possession of a round of military ammunition unless—
(a) it has been modified so that it is incapable of being fired; or
(b) it is of United Nations Hazard classification Code 1.4S and has a calibre of less than 19.1mm.
Storage in other areas outside of Part 6.
Div 4 – Conditions of licences, Section 21 (d)
When a firearm or ammunition is not secured as required by the normal security requirements the holder of the licence must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the firearm or ammunition is not lost or stolen or does not come into the possession of an unauthorised person.
Please refere to the South Australian Firearms Act and Regulations for further details. Or contact the South Australian Police – Firearms Branch.
- Treat every firearm with respect. Ensure that the muzzle is always pointed in a safe direction.
- Treat every firearm as if it is LOADED until you have personally proven otherwise.
- Clear your firearm before handing it to someone else.
- Clear the firearm after receiving if from someone else.
- When a firearm is unattended, it must be left in a safe and stable position.
- Never throw a firearm to someone else; this is stupid and dangerous. Do not attempt to catch a firearm thrown to you.
- Never shoot at a hard flat surface, or at the surface of water, as there is the possibility of ricochet.
- Always carry the firearm with a definite purpose, always having complete control of the firearm.
- Never POINT ANY firearm, LOADED or EMPTY, at anyone.
- Do not cock the firearm or place your finger inside the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Be sure of your target. Always identify your target before you fire.
- Never fire whilst running. Always stop and take aim before firing.
- Every time a firearm is handled for any purpose other than firing, unload and visually check to ensure the firearm is safe.
- Check your ammunition. Old ammunition is not reliable.
- Store your firearm in a dry, secure place.
- Maintain your firearm in A1 condition.
- Remember, guns and alcohol don’t mix.
Basic Range Rules
Branches should add such additional rules as are necessary for the management of their Ranges
Safety is the responsibility of everyone on the range.
Breaches of these rules may incur removal from the range, counselling and/or other disciplinary action.
- All persons on or near the firing line must pay attention to and obey all orders given by the Range Officer. (A range officer must be appointed at all times when there are two or more shooters using the range and must be easily identifiable by the wearing of distinctive clothing, hat or badge.)
- No shooting is permitted unless all red flags are flying as required.
- No handling of any firearm is permitted on the firing line while there are people down range.
- When moving around the range all firearms must be pointed in the air. They must be unloaded, have the action open and magazine removed.
- All firearms must be checked and cleared by a person other than the shooter before they are permitted to be taken from the firing line.
- All firearms should be secured adequately while not being used or under the direct control of the owner, Range Officer or delegate.
- All firearms musty be bagged or cased when moving to or from the car park to the firing line area.
- All targets must be placed so that spent projectiles will impact directly into the mound. No shooting at anything which may cause ricochets.
- No attempt is to be made to remove a stuck live round on any SSAA range. The firearm is to be made safe and removed from the line and the range. It should be taken to a gunsmith for the removal of the round.
- Ear and eye protection should be worn at all times when on or near the firing line. Failure to do so may affect any claim made in regard to an incident where injury might have occurred.
- In the interest of safety and good public relations, camouflage clothing, thongs and sandals are banned on the firing line.
- Absolutely no alcohol is permitted within the firing line area. No consumption is to be permitted for any person who is intending to shoot later on the same day. No person who is adversely affected by alcohol or a drug is to be permitted to handle firearms or to shoot.
© SSAA (SA) Inc 2003
The Waterfowl Identification Test generally consists of the person having to undertake 2 x 3 hour training nights, followed by the actual DENR testing on the third night.
The course requires a minimum of 8 candidates for further information please email Tom Vartzokas or call on 08 8379803 or Mobile 0418 827895.
Juniors aged between 15 and 18 years old or sub-juniors under the age of 14 years can apply for a hunting permit.
In South Australia, the following species are classified as game and can be taken during a declared open season
- Stubble quail
- Pacific black duck
- Grey teal
- Hardhead (white-eyed duck)
- Mountain duck (Australian shelduck)
- Pink-eared duck
- Maned duck (wood duck)
- Chestnut teal
- Blue-winged shoveler
In South Australia, the following species are classified as feral and can be taken any time on private property with permission from landowners.
- Feral goat
- Red fox
- Domestic pigeon
- European blackbird
- Spotted turtle-dove
A basic Hunting Permit does not allow you to take:
- protected animals (eg kangaroos)
- domestic stock.
Hunting of feral animals is confined mainly to private property where you have been given written permission to hunt by the landowner. This permission must have been given within the previous six months.
Applicants wishing to apply for hunting on their licence will also need to apply for a hunting permit with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). Information and permit applications can be found at Information:DEWNR
Conservation and Hunting Alliance of South Australia (CHASA) Web Site
The Hunter's Code
I will obey the rules of safe gun handling and will courteously but firmly insist that others who hunt with me do the same.
I will obey all game laws and regulations and will insist that my companions do likewise.
I will do my best to acquire those marksmanship and hunting skills that assure clean, sportsmanlike kills.
I will support conservation efforts that can assure good hunting for future generations of Australians.
I will pass along to younger hunters the attitudes and skills essential to a true outdoor sportsman.