frequent questions

This section is to reduce the high number of calls and emails we receive on a daily basis, Please read below before contacting us to see if your question is already answered below.

Question ?

 How do I go about getting a firearms license and what steps do I need to go through ?

Answer

Obtaining a firearms license is a pretty straight forward, but involved and long process. Below you will find some basic steps on obtaining your Cat A & B Firearms license.

Step 1

You will need a genuine reason to obtain a Category A & B Firearms Licence. If you become a Member of S.S.A.A. you can then list your genuine reason as Sports & Target Shooting and Recreation & Hunting, as SSAA is an approved body prescribed under the law.

Step 2

As we have a S.S.A.A. Branch Safety Course Instructor, you will need to book in for a 10618NAT Weapons Act Safety Course please click Safety Course on the menu above. Please note you will need a Unique Student Identifier (USI) to complete the enrolment into the safety course. The USI is similar to a Tax File Number but is used for training organisations. You can apply online at the USI Website

Step 3

When you have completed and passed your Safety Course we will receive a 'Statement of Attainment' this is your proof that you have successfully completed the Safety Course. (Note this is only valid for 12 months from the date of obtaining it)  A copy of this will be needed when you apply for your licence. While you are waiting for this to arrive go to your nearest photo shop and have 2 passport size photos taken, as these will have to be supplied with your application.

Step 4

When you have everything you need to apply for your licence you have a couple of options. The QLD Police Service offer an online application system which is the preferred system and is much quicker. This is available at Queensland Police Service Application Site. However you also have the option to go to the Police Station nearest to you and ask for an 'Application for a License' Form 1 and a 'Proof of Identity' Form 30, or download them from the Queensland Police Service Website. Fill these in and pay the fees, the police station will then send them to Weapons Licensing Branch where they will be processed. (The police station route has been known to take over 12 months ) Have patience, as they will only be processed after 28 days of the mandatory period, be patient as at times license have taken up to 2-3 months to come through depending upon the workload even when filled out online.

Step 5

When your licence arrives, you can then decide which firearm best suits your needs. Different types (we call them Disciplines) of shooting require different types of firearms, so come to the range to try various  Disciplines and talk to fellow shooters and then decide on the firearm you want - don't make a hasty decision. When you have decided what you need, visit the local gun shops.

 

Question ?

 How do I join your club  ?

Answer

If you are a member of SSAA and you have listed  "Q14 - Sunshine Coast " as your area then you are automatically a member of our club and you will pay the members range fee of $6.00 at our range. If you are a member from another SSAA branch then you will pay the range fee of $12.00 every time you shoot. As a club we charge no other fees for being a member. 

Question ?

 I have never shot a gun before can I come to your range and hire a gun and shoot, can my family come and shoot as well ?

Answer

To shoot at any range, you must be a fit and proper person that is over 11 years old and either have a Valid firearms license or be able to fill out a Form 33 (We provide these forms at the range) you will need photo ID to present with this form as a unlicensed shooter, this form needs to be filled out by all who wish to use a firearm, this form is a legal statutory declaration that you have never been in trouble with the police,  you can download  a Form 33 from this link to see the questions they ask.

FORM 33 DECLARATION

Once this form is filled out and signed by a Range Officer at the range, we can then loan you a small 22LR rifle which comes with 1 x box ammunition, and you can purchase many various targets which you can keep. 

Our experienced range officers will explain the rules of the range and will help and guide you one on one so that you and your family can enjoy the experience


What days and times are you open ?

Answer

Due to our approval by council we are only allowed to open for 2 days a week, this is on Wednesdays and Sundays only and we are only allowed to shoot between 8:30am and 5:00pm on these days.

Generally the range is open for public shooting and rifle sighting in from 8:30am until 11:00am and the afternoon sessions on Sundays are for Discipline competitions please review our calendar.

 Question ?

Can anybody shoot the Discipline / competitions ?

Answer

All disciplines / competitions are open for anybody to shoot from new unlicensed shooters through to seasoned competitors, we are all there to help each other and have fun, If you have never shot it before you will be graded on the day as to the score you shoot will determine the grade you start in.

If you really want to learn to shoot for hunting then these disciplines with the many positions like offhand (Standing unsupported), standing against a post and sitting against a post and shooting at targets at 100m away and keeping all the shots in a 1"(25mm) group will help you immensely to become a better shooter and ethical hunter.

 Question

What is the maximum size firearm i can shoot on your range  ?

Answer

Any rifle that safely fires ammunition with a speed less than 4,350fps, if in doubt please ask the range officer at the kiosk before sigining in.

 Question

Can muzzle breaks be used on your range  ?

Answer

Muzzle breaks can be a serious distraction to other shooters especially on large calibres, allowing them to be used will be up to the range officer on duty to determine if you can use it, if  there is space they may place you away from other shooters.

Question

I have recently moved from interstate and would like to transfer my firearms license and I am not aware of the regulations  ?

Answer

You must get your license changed at Queensland weapons licensing within 3 months for Cat A&B firearms and for Cat H you have 7 days   Website link for information :  Moving to Queensland