ANDERSON WELCOMES CHANGE TO SUPPORT HISTORIC FIREARMS MUSEUMS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said historic and unique firearm collections like the one housed in Gunnedah Rural Museum will continue to be on display in their original form following a special exemption for certified museum collectors.
Mr Anderson said today the NSW Governor gazetted the Firearms Amendment (Museums Firearms Permits) Regulation 2019, allowing the NSW Police Force Commissioner to make exemptions from the requirement for museums to make pistols and prohibited firearms in museum collections ‘permanently inoperable’.
“This is fantastic news for collections like the one in Gunnedah. I’ve been working hard with the supporters of the Gunnedah Museum to get an outcome from the Minister that will safeguard the integrity of the display.
“This is what local advocacy is about. I met with Minister Elliott and he listened carefully to what was needed.
“I want to thank the Minister for his efforts and appreciate his attention to this important issue. I am pleased we have been able to get a quick resolution to this important concern,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Gunnedah Rural Museum Firearms Curator Trent Donoghue supported these changes.
“We’re thankful for the common sense approach taken by the NSW Government. These changes will ensure the preservation of historic military firearm collections,” he said.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the decision follows concerns raised by some museums that the Firearms Regulation 2017 required all pistols and prohibited firearms in museum collections be rendered permanently inoperable, regardless of age, danger to the public, or historical value.
“After speaking with a number of museum operators and the Police Commissioner, I believe we have achieved the right balance while ensuring pistols and prohibited firearms remain subject to regulation.”
Over the upcoming weeks the Firearms Registry will write to all holders of museum firearms permits to advise them of the regulatory changes and the process to apply for an exemption. More information is available through the Registry’s call centre on 1300 362 562.