Wow...difficult, indeed. Thanks for the info. Just for comparison, my wife is picking up a new pistol today. The whole thing will take about 30 minutes...of course, that's with travel time included.G.Day akitainu.
It has become very difficult to obtain a Pistol in Australia.
The first thing is to get recommended and join a local club.
Follow their rules to enable you to obtain a License from the Police which is becoming more difficult due to their not wanting firearms in the hands of Citizens.
You not only have to be squeaky clean,live in a suitable area and have the right security,safes etc.
If you comply and are lucky a year wiil pass before you will be accepted and issued with a license.
But it does not end there,you now have to obtain a written note from your club stating that you a paid up member and recommended to obtain a firearm of what ever calibre is chosen.
Then you select a pistol from whoever or registered gun dealer who will sign the application form and send to the local firearms branch who do their thing and if you are lucky after about 28 days will arrive.
You now go to the person who is selling you the unit and if it is a private sale then you both have to go to who ever is licensed to transfer (local police station will do at certain times)
You will get an unannounced visit from the local firearms branch who will inspect your security and all arms,knives etc and make sure that every thing is secure.
Firearms in a suitable metat safe which has to be bolted to a suitable concrete floor or wall,Pistols in one safe and Rifles and shotguns in another.
Amunition in another safe.
Powder and primers in suitable locked container.
This is a brief account of what you are in for as the law keeps changing also there is a different approrch in the different states.