Importing imitation firearms

The importation of imitation firearms is controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 (the Regulations). Importers must obtain permission before bringing firearms into Australia.

Imitation firearms

Imitation firearms are defined as a copy or reproduction of a firearm, or an article that has the appearance of a firearm that could reasonably be taken to be a firearm. This can include goods such as ornaments and arcade or video game controllers.

Imitation does not include items that are or were capable of discharging projectiles by means compressed gas or explosive charge; however it could include goods that discharge a projectile by other means for example, spring powered devices.

Imitation does not include deactivated firearms or blank-fire firearms. These goods are treated as firearms under the Regulations.

Interchangeable parts and accessories

If any firearm part, accessory or magazine can be removed from the imitation firearm and used on a real firearm, then in order to import that part, accessory or magazine will require separate police certification or written permission to import from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department prior to importation.

See Importing firearm parts and accessories for further information.

Obtaining permission to import

To import imitation firearms into Australia, importers must first obtain a B709A - Importation of Firearms – Police Confirmation and Certification form. The original B709A form must be presented to the Australian Border Force at the time of importation.

Firearms dealers can also use a B709DA - Ongoing Importation by Firearms Dealer – Police Confirmation form. Firearms dealers can present a copy of their B709DA form as well as provide the make, model and serial number information at the time of importation.

Forms can be obtained from your state or territory police firearms and weapons registry.

Contact details

Contact details of the police firearms and weapon registries and the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department are available at Firearms and weapons.

Penalties

The maximum penalty for importing these goods without the relevant import permission is a penalty not exceeding Australian dollar 450,000, imprisonment for 10 years, or both.

Exporting imitation firearms

Imitation firearms are not controlled on export out of Australia.