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New firearm prohibition orders allow police to search without warrant anytime

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.

Once these orders have been made, police have the power to search that person or their vehicles, homes or belongings at any time.

See Police prohibition orders.

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