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FIREARMS ACT - SECT 31

Grant of permits

    (1)     The Commissioner may grant a permit for one or more of the following purposes:

        (a)     to authorise a person to purchase, hire, lease or acquire a firearm;

        (b)     to authorise the possession or use of a firearm by a person residing temporarily in the Territory;

        (c)     to authorise the use by the holder of a firearms collector licence of a firearm possessed under the licence;

        (d)     to authorise the possession or use of firearms for film, theatrical productions or other artistic purposes;

        (e)     to authorise the acquisition, sale or transfer of a firearm in such circumstances as may be prescribed;

        (f)     to authorise the shortening or conversion of a firearm;

        (fa)     to authorise the temporary possession or use of a firearm by the holder of a licence for a specified reason not covered by the holder's licence;

        (fb)     to authorise a person to use under supervision a category H firearm for sports shooting at an approved firearms club;

        (fc)     to authorise an approved firearms club to permit a person or class of persons to use under supervision a category H firearm for sports shooting at the firearms club;

        (fd)     to authorise an approved paintball operator, and the representative, to possess and use paintball firearms and pellets for carrying on the operator's business specified in the permit at the temporary paintball range specified in the permit;

        (g)     to authorise anything else for which provision is made by the Regulations and required by the Regulations to be authorised by a permit.

    (2)     The Commissioner must not grant a permit for the purpose specified in subsection (1)(fb) unless the application is accompanied by:

        (a)     an endorsement from an approved firearms club to the effect that:

            (i)     the applicant is a member of the club; and

            (ii)     the applicant has provided the club with:

(A)     details of the applicant's membership of any other firearms clubs and the firearms owned by the applicant; and

(B)     at least 2 character references from persons who have known the applicant for at least 2 years; and

            (iii)     the club supports the application; and

        (b)     an authority from the applicant authorising the Commissioner to disclose to the club the applicant's criminal history at any time while the permit is in force.

    (3)     The Commissioner may grant a permit to authorise a person to do any or all of the things that may be authorised under a firearms armourer licence.

    (4)     Part 3, Division 5 applies (with the necessary changes) to the holder of a permit under subsection (3) as if the person were the holder of a firearms armourer licence.



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