Project 105 - Review of the Firearms Act 1973 (WA)

Independent report
Commenced: 2014; Completed: 2016
Last updated:

The Commission is to report on the Firearms Act 1973 (WA) as set out below in the Terms of Reference.

Terms of Reference

That the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia:

  1. Provide advice on and recommend appropriate legislative and/or procedural changes with regard to the licensing and storage of firearms, definitions and categorisation of firearms, and effects of changes in firearm technology incorporating national initiatives where appropriate.
  2. Provide advice on and recommend appropriate legislative changes regarding penalties for firearm offences and in so doing consider consistency with penalties in other Australian States and Territories.
  3. Review of any relevant issues arising from recent ‘Operation Unification’, the Auditor General’s Reports on the firearms licensing, Joint Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation Report 68, Explanatory Report in relation to the Firearms Amendment Regulations 2013 and any other relevant Parliamentary Inquiry.
  4. Provide advice on any other relevant matters.


The Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 22 November 2016.