Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Media release

New changes to firearm laws now in place

The Australian Government has today further strengthened our already robust firearms laws by amending the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956.

The restriction on the importation of bump stocks and similar devices is now in place, and any person attempting to import a bump stock without the appropriate permission may face a penalty of imprisonment for up to 10 years, a fine of up to $525,000, or both.

“The tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017 has shown the devastating effect bump stocks can have. This is a preventative measure to protect the Australian community," Assistant Minister Wood said.

The amendments also include new serial number requirements for imported firearms, and extends these requirements to firearm frames and receivers imported as firearm parts.

The Government will work with industry over the next 12 months to ensure the effective implementation of these changes prior to the new serial number requirements coming into effect.

"Ensuring the safety and security of the Australian community is our first priority and these regulation changes are a result of the Australian Government and industry working together," Assistant Minister Wood said.

Other changes included in these amendments will reduce the regulatory burden for firearms dealers importing handguns by removing redundant reporting requirements.

For further detail on these amendments: refer to the Australian Customs Notice Number 2020-14 – Firearms changes to the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 or the Federal Register of Legislation.