Firearm safety Training courses in the Northern Territory
To obtain a firearm in the Northern Territory you are required to provide a genuine reason:
The approved genuine reasons are:
- Sports Shooting
- Recreational Shooting/Hunting
- Primary Production
- Vertebrate Pest Animal Control
- Business or Employment
- Occupational Requirements
- Animal Welfare
- Firearm Collection
- Museum Display
Paladin Firearm Solutions are able to assist you with your requirements and needs.
Firearms Safety Course—Category A & B
The types of firearms covered by this course include:
- Air rifles
- Rimfire rifles, other than self-loading
- Shotguns, other than pump action or self-loading
- Shotgun and rimfire rifle combinations
- Muzzle-loading firearms
- Centre-fire rifles, other than self-loading
- Shotgun and centre-fire rifle combinations
This course is designed to teach you the basics of firearm safety.
Firearms Safety Course—Category C & D
- Self-loading rimfire rifles with magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds
- Self-loading shotguns with magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
- Pump action shotguns with magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
- Firearms designed to discharge tranquilisers (including pistols)
- Self-loading centre-fire rifles
- Self-loading shotguns with capacity of more than 5 rounds
- Pump action shotguns with capacity of more than 5 rounds
- Self-loading rimfire rifles with magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds
- Firearms, other than pistols, less than 70 cm in length and capable of being concealed on or about the person
The Firearms Regulations place restrictions on the Commissioner of Police in granting of Licences for Categories C, D and H. These restrictions are covered by Regulation 12, 13 and 14.
The applicant must have a genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm:
- be a primary producer or the owner, lessee or manager of land used for primary production
- produce evidence to Police satisfaction that the applicant intends to use the firearm/s solely in connection with farming or grazing activities, this includes the suppression of vertebrate pest animals on the land.
This applicant will be eligible for a Corporate Licence. It is not the policy to issue individual licences for use in a business such as primary production.
Vertebrate pest animal control
The applicant must have a genuine reason for possessing or using a firearm that is for vertebrate pest animal control, and must be:
- a professional contract shooter engaged or employed in controlling vertebrate pest animal control (refer Corporate Licence part of this manual for details of requirements that relate to contract meat shooters)
- a person employed by or in, or authorised by, a government or local government organisation, that has functions that relate to control or suppression of vertebrate pest animals.
This applicant will be eligible for a Corporate Licence/Employees Licence, it is not the policy to issue individual licences for use in a business such as vertebrate pest control.
Business or employment
This type of licence is for applicants who have a genuine reason for possessing or using firearms that is business or employment related. The applicant must demonstrate that it is necessary in the conduct of the applicants business or employment to possess or use firearms for which the licence is sought (i.e. Dealers/Armourers).
This applicant will be eligible for a Dealer’s Licence, Armourer’s Licence or Instructor’s Licence. It is not the policy to issue individual licences for use in a business.
The applicant for a licence must have a genuine reason for possessing or using firearm/s that is an occupational requirement and must be employed or engaged in an occupation that requires the possession or use of firearms for which the licence is sought. An example of this is a Professional Fisherman.
This applicant will be eligible for a Corporate/Employees Licence, it is not the policy to issue individual licences for use in a business such as occupational requirements.
The applicant of this licence must have a genuine reason for possessing or using firearm/s in animal welfare and must be:
- an officer of the RSPCA established in NT
- a registered veterinarian
- a person employed by a body , such as a local council, that has a responsibility for animal welfare
- an owner, transporter, drover or other handler of animals who may need to destroy animals to avoid suffering.
This applicant will be eligible for a Corporate/Employees Licence, it is not the policy to issue individual licences for use in a business such as animal welfare.
Firearms Safety Course—Category H
- Pistols and air pistols
Category H Sport Shooters Licence
A category H sports shooter’s licence authorises the holder to possess only prescribed category H firearms and to use a firearm under the licence only at an approved firearms club.
A firearms Collectors Licence authorises the holder to posses and display firearms of the categories for which their licence was issued.
A collector is defined in the Firearms Regulations as a person whose genuine reason for possessing firearms is to collect and display firearms:
- as curiosities or ornaments
- for their historic or artistic value or mechanical uniqueness
Corporate Licences are issued to the Directors/Managers/Owners etc. of businesses who have the need for a firearm to carry out their business (i.e. fishermen, safari operators, cattle station owners, security firms, indigenous rangers, etc.)
A Corporate Licence may be issued to an entity that satisfies the Commissioner of Police that it:
- is engaged in a commercial activity and that it has a genuine need for a firearm to undertake that activity
- has made adequate provision for the safe and secure storage of firearms, and has adequate controls for the issue of firearms to its employees
- has in place an approved firearm safety and training program for its employees who are to use the firearms.
Aerial Platform - Helicopter
This course is designed to teach you the fundamentals of discharging a firearm safely from an aerial platform such as a helicopter.
This course will cover safety whilst in the air, safety within the confides of a helicopter and animal welfare.
Contact our expert team in Katherine today for more information about our Aerial Platform – Helicopter course.
NT Firearms forms - Firearms licences, permits and forms
For all up to date Firearms Registration and Licensing, please click here to visit the NT POLICE, FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES website.
NOTE: Forms marked Interactive can be filled in digitally and printed prior to sending
These forms are in PDF format and you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to open these files. These forms needed to printed and completed as an original. You can not submit the form electronically.
If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download the program. (This is a free download).
Northern Territory Government Legislation.
Prior to sitting for the firearms license exam the National Firearms Safety Code booklet should be studied.