WA Police are working to ensure safe transportation of firearms to reassure gun owners firearms are consistently carried safely throughout the state.
Licensing Enforcement Division (LED) officers are collaborating with the firearms industry, to ensure safe practice according to legislation and policy.
“There has been recent public discussion about regulations surrounding the transport of firearms in Western Australia,” LED Superintendent Mark Gilbert said.
“We want to reassure firearms owners, industry and the public that our focus is ensuring efficient and safe practices are applied when transporting firearms in Western Australia.”
Transportation of firearms are regulated by the Firearms Act (1973) in WA.
WA Police also set the policy to become an approved commercial firearm carrier or approved warehouseman.
15 companies are currently approved to transport firearms in WA, including four that provide an interstate transportation service.
However, people who wish to transport firearms can apply to WA Police’s LED.
Applicants will need to ensure that firearms are rendered safe and concealed or covered during transportation, containers do not indicate that they are carrying firearms or ammunition and firearms are transported separately.
The will also need to ensure that all reasonable precautions are taken to prevent loss or theft of firearms, the transport company has a security checking regime for staff and transport of firearms, that motorcycles are not being used to transport firearms and delivery is only to a licenced firearm dealer or repairer.
Superintendent Gilbert said LED was also working with organisers of the SSAA Shot Expo on bespoke firearms transportation for the event to be held in Claremont in October.