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Firearms prohibition orders give extra powers to police to act pre-emptively

From 9 May 2018 police have the power to make orders that will prohibit a person from having a firearms licence if satisfied that this is in the public interest.

From 9 May 2018 police have the power to make orders that will prohibit a person from having a firearms licence if satisfied that this is in the public interest. The decision to make the order will be made by the Chief Commissioner of Police or a delegate. It will be based on the person's criminal history, their behaviour and their associates. There will be no need for the person to have any prior criminal convictions. These orders will last for 10 years if the person is over 18, or 5 years for a young person aged between 14 and 18.

See Minister for Police Victoria—New laws to target illegal guns, organised crime and drive-by shootings(opens in a new window).

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