Possession or use of a prohibited firearm is an offence punishable under the Criminal Code 1924 (refer s. 9 (1A) of the Firearms Act 1996).
Prohibited firearms are described in Schedule 1 of the Firearms Act 1996, as follows:
- Any machine gun, submachine gun or other firearm capable of propelling projectiles in rapid succession during one pressure of the trigger.
- Any self-loading rim-fire rifle.
- Any self-loading centre-fire rifle.
- Any self-loading shotgun.
- Any pump action shotgun.
- Any firearm that substantially duplicates in appearance a firearm referred to in item 1.
- Any firearm to which there is attached any article or device capable of muffling, reducing or stopping the noise created by firing the firearm.
- A pistol that is of a reduced or an abridged size.
- Any firearm or part of a firearm which has a dimension less than the prescribed minimum dimension.
- A prohibited pistol.
- Any ex-military firearm that is a firearm in relation to which a firearm licence may not be issued.
- Any ordnance.
A person may not possess or use a firearm of the kind described in Schedule 1, unless its possession or use is otherwise expressly provided for within Firearms Act 1996.