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FROM THE MINISTER FOR POLICE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

DATE: Thursday, April 3, 2008


NEW FIREARMS FEES ANNOUNCED

Following extensive consultation with the community new regulations for gun licence holders and firearms' dealers have been announced today.

The current Firearms Regulations (1997) are due to expire on 21 April 2008.

As part of the public consultation an Exposure Draft of the regulations together with a Regulatory Impact Statement was published for public comment and received 221 public submissions.

The new regulations contain a new fee structure for gun licence, permit and approval applications.

Under the new regulations existing fees will increase by 2.5 per cent across all firearms categories.

Minister for Police Bob Cameron said fees were set after considering the 221 public submissions that were received and working with the Victorian Firearms Consultative Committee (VFCC).

"We have listened to the community and the subsequent recommendations from the VFCC before setting the new fee model."

"The fees are in place to cover the cost of the processing of licences, permits and approvals that is carried out by Victoria Police to ensure compliance with the regulations.

"This new fee structure distributes those costs evenly across the firearms community and is consistent with the feedback of the firearms community and the VFCC."

The new regulations will see dealers' agency fees increase to a maximum of $25 after feedback from stakeholders and the VFCC that the original $10 fee was too low.

The new regulations will commence on 20 April 2008.

To view the new regulations visit the Department of Justice website at www.doj.vic.gov.au

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