Very Light Magazine is a magazine of The Antique & Historical Arms Collectors Guild of Victoria, Inc.                                                                          No 58 March 2012

Monday Themes for 2012

The following are the dates and themes for the Monday night meetings in 2012.

March 26Flint and percussion arms, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

April 30Edged weapons, swords and daggers etc. this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

May 28Ancient weapons and pre 1800 arms and armor, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

June 25Artillery and big bore arms, this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

July 30Annual General Meeting. This will include the presentation to the winner of the Major Noel Hall Award and a supper will be provided.

Aug. 27Buy and sell night, books, parts, odds and sods, anything except registered firearms. (This is not a Major Noel Hall Award night).

Sept 24Colonial Australia, convicts, bushrangers, gold rush etc., this is a Major Noel Hall Award night.

Oct 29 – A talk – the subject to be announced.

Nov26Combined Guild/Vintagers night. Theme to be announced and a supper will be served. (This is not a Major Noel Hall Award night)

Please note that even though we have set themes for certain nights we encourage members who have something of interest which may not be related to the particular theme to bring it or them along. Likewise, we also encourage members to bring along items for sale as this adds variety (ammunition and registerable firearms can only be offered for sale by a suitably licensed dealer).

Display Conditions and Permits

We encourage those members who are individually named in the Guild’s Current Display Permit (24th July 2009 to 17th July 2014) (or who hold their own applicable display permit) to take the opportunity to make use of it. It covers all the firearms held on the Collectors Licence(s) of the member listed. We set out the Guild’s Display Permit conditions below.
Members who have items registered to an Antique Handgun Collectors Licence do not need a permit to display these, so to increase the variety at our Monday nights why not bring some of them along.

Collectors Display Permits do not apply to items held under A & B licences. However, such items must not be possessed, carried or used other than in accordance with any licence conditions and the Firearms Act.

Display Permits are not required for displays of Exempt Firearms, such as pre 1900 manufactured single barrelled muzzle-loading pistols, or pre 1900 manufactured longarms (which are either muzzle-loading or take ammunition which is no longer commercially available).

Of course, Guild Displays are not limited to firearms. There is always a lot of interest in displays of militaria, edged weapons, items relating to wars or battles involving Australians and other historical matters of interest to members.


Amendments to the Control of Weapons Act (Sword Exemptions)

The Department of Justice (DOJ) have informed us that they have still not completed the wording of the new possession of Swords exemption (under the Control of Weapons Act) which when enacted will apply to members of certain clubs including the Guild.

The most recent draft will, we were told, shortly be sent by the DOJ to the Police for their comments, if any, and then the revised draft will once again be circulated to the various clubs, including the Guild, for any further comments. The existing rules will therefore continue to apply until replaced by the new.

Licence Renewals and Permits to Acquire

Just a reminder that all you need to do to have the Guild sign them as the Act requires, is send them with the information required by Registry to the Guild at PO Box 2976, Cheltenham, 3192. Enclose a stamped addressed envelope to Registry and we will sign it and send it on for you. Remember that your PTA needs to include the following – details of the firearm being purchased, the licence number on which it is being purchased and your collecting theme.

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