The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party (SFF) is claiming a win for shooters in NSW after the Firearms Registry reversed its decision to ban the simple transfer of firearms to the beneficiary of a deceased shooter’s will.
Previously, a beneficiary did not have to apply and and pay for permits to acquire firearms that were left to them as part of an estate but the Registry unilaterally decided to cancel the arrangement and insist on the use of the PTA system.
The decision was made “without consultation,” according to the SFF.
“This made a difficult time for people even harder due to burdening them with extra paperwork and fees,” SFF’s Robert Borsak MLC said.
He accused the Registry of “consistently [moving] the goal posts on the process”.
When a father left more than 100 firearms to his son, the SFF focused on the case to highlight the need for a reversion to the original system.
“What was involved was not just the transfer PTAs and fees, but also the requirement that the firearms be removed and put into storage at some very significant cost for an indeterminate length of time and rental cost,” Borsak said.
“After we made numerous representations to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, the NSW Firearms Registry has now corrected this issue and removed the need to pay a fee to transfer ownership of a firearm from a deceased estate.
“We are glad to see things restored to what had previously been normal and a long-term accepted practice.
“We are at a loss to know why the change was made in the first place.”
The Registry has implemented a system that requires forms to be completed by the executor or administrator of the will.
One form applies to longarms while another covers handguns, and more than one firearm can be included in each form, not one form per firearm.
As previosuly, the beneficiary must have the correct type of firearms licence before the firearms can be registered to them, and if they don’t have the licence at the time they will have to apply for it.
Find out more at the NSW Firearms Registry website.