New database to record firearms, owners

New database to record firearms, owners

All gun owners will soon be contacted by SA Police to conduct self-audit of their firearms as part of the transfer of records to a new digital database.

Licenced firearms owners will be requested to supply information such as the make, model and serial number of the gun as well as its identifying features.

Also required will be a declaration on the security of the storage of firearms under the Firearms Act.

The database will eventually interface with the national Australian Firearms Information Network.

Superintendent Stephen Howard, officer in charge of the Firearms Branch, said the new system would allow access to state and national firearms data in real time while decreasing turnaround times for licence applications, renewals and registrations

"Firearm possession and use is a privilege that is conditional on the overriding need to ensure public safety," he said.

"Firearms Licence holders will receive a written request to conduct an audit of their firearms pursuant to the Firearms Act, and those results must be provided to SAPOL."

Audit results are to be recorded using an online form which is accessible on SAPOL's internet site and licence holders have 28 days to complete the form once they have been notified in writing.

Superintendent Howard said firearms licence holders will be able to directly input audit information into a secure online form.

"We have over 66,000 licensed firearms owners in South Australia, so this process could take some time and will be conducted in stages. Not all licence holders will receive the request at the same time" he said.

"Licence holders do not have to do anything until they receive notification from Firearms Branch."

- Details: For more information about the process visit https://www.police.sa.gov.au/firearms-audit

Anyone with a firearm they no longer want is also invited to surrender it under the current general amnesty. For full details visit: https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/firearms-and-weapons/firearms-amnesty

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