Criminal Offences

Firearms & Weapon

Firearm offences are serious in New South Wales and carry with it very severe penalties. In this state, defendants can be charged with firearm offences under the Firearms Act 1996 and the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). These offences can vary greatly from unauthorised possession, possession of unregistered firearms and discharging a firearm in a public place. In fact, the NSW Bureau of Crimes Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) revealed that there were 13,305 recorded incidents of prohibited and regulated weapon offences from June 2017 to June 2018. This represents an 8.3% increase and as a result, the NSW judiciary system has become more stringent on the penalties imposed.

At Benjamin Leonardo – The Defenders we are a leading criminal law firm with conveniently located offices in Sydney and Parramatta. With 29 years of experience, we have successfully assisted clients with firearm and weapon related offences.

If you or someone you know has recently been charged as the result of a firearm or weapon related crime, please contact our Sydney based criminal defence lawyers for a first consultation.

Unauthorised Possession of Firearms

Residents in NSW who wish to possess a firearm must have a firearms licence and register the weapon with authorities. Failing to do so, will result in the criminal charge of possessing a firearm as per section 7A of the Firearms Act 1996.

Possess Unregistered Firearms

In NSW, it is a criminal offence for individuals to have firearms in their possession unless the firearm is registered and the individual carries a relevant licence or permit.

Dangerous Use of Firearm

Legislation around the use of firearms are stringent in Australia in order to protect civilians. Without a valid permit, individuals are not authorised to possess or use firearms in Australia.

Possess, Supply or Manufacture of Explosives

In NSW, a licence is required in order to manufacture, import, store, transport, supply or handle any explosives. There are vast range of licences available to cater for a variety of purposes, however, there are strict regulations around these permits to validate the purchase, possession and use of explosives.

Causing Danger with Firearm

In order to maximise public safety, Australia and NSW enforce various legislative laws in place surrounding the possession and use of firearms. These laws are set out in the Firearms Act 1996 and require individual to hold a valid licence or permit and only be in possession of firearms that are registered.