Moving to Queensland with Firearms.


Are you moving to Queensland from interstate with firearms?

If so, there are some very important things that you need to know! During my time working in the firearms industry, I have seen time and time again lawful firearm owners cause themselves heartache and cost themselves money.

Firstly, you can bring your firearms to Queensland with you so long as you transport them as per the legislation regarding the transportation of firearms in your state, Queensland, and any state you pass through. I recommend emailing each states firearms registry and getting a written response on how firearms are to be transported. Don't forget that some firearms that you can legally own in one state may be banned in another.

You will find the information for transporting firearms in or on a vehicle in Queensland under section 96 Safety precautions for weapons in or on vehicle and section 95 Storage of weapon not in person’s physical possession if away from secure storage facilities or visitor to Queensland—secure storage of the Queensland Weapons Regulation.

In short during transport your firearms will be “stored” in or on a vehicle in this circumstance ensure that:

1. If the vehicle has a lockable boot, the weapon is locked in the boot; otherwise:

(a) the weapon is locked in a metal container fixed to the vehicle; or
(b) the weapon is in a securely closed container that is out of sight in the

2. The metal container and anything on or attached to it, must not suggest that a
weapon is inside.

3. A person in control of a weapon (whether or not the person has custody of it) must ensure the weapon is not left in an unlocked vehicle if the vehicle is not being
attended by someone licensed to possess the weapon.

While traveling from state to state you may need to stop overnight due to the vast distance travelled. In this circumstance you will be Storing your firearm away from a secure storage facility.

To store your weapons appropriately store your weapons unloaded in:
  • a securely closed container with the bolt removed or with a trigger lock fitted, or
  • a locked container.​​
The container must be either:
  • out of sight in a locked room of a permanent building, or
  • locked in the boot of a vehicle, or
  • out of sight, locked in a vehicle that does not have a boot.

To find out more in relation to the transport and storage of firearms in Queensland visit

Unfortunately, there is no way to 'transfer' licences between states. If you are moving to Queensland and have a current interstate licence, you will need to make application for a new licence in Queensland.

However, may not be required to complete a weapons safety course, provided you have a current interstate firearms licence, and:
If you want additional categories of weapons endorsed on your Queensland licence that you did not have on your interstate licence, you will need to fulfil the weapons safety course requirements.

Your interstate licence will be mutually recognised, and you can maintain possession of your firearms until a decision is made on your application, provided your licence remains current and you have lodged an application for a new licence within the above time frames.

This is vitally important to know! This is where many shooters believe that their interstate licence is only valid for three (3) months, subsequently putting their firearms into safe keeping at gun stores costing them storage fees and sometimes additional fees for PTA’s and brokerage.

The recognition of your interstate licence for three months comes from visiting Queensland for lawful shooting such as a competition or hunting. Sections 32 Temporary recognition of interstate licences for particular purposes and 33 Interstate residents moving to Queensland of the Queensland Weapons Act relate.

Obviously to continue to maintain possession of your firearms whilst your licence application is being processed you will need to ensure you have a secure storage facility fitted into your residence in Queensland. Generally in Queensland for less than 30 category A and B firearms this means In a locked container constructed of solid steel or solid timber, and securely fixed to the frame or floor of a permanent building if the container weighs less than 150kg.

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Feed your hunger.


There are a few times in life when your life is drastically improved by a relatively small piece of information. For me some of these times include when I read the book Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape, which drastically improved my financial wellbeing in turn my overall wellbeing. (Not sponsored in any way or form, just an amazing book!) Or when I read the book The New Manhood by Steve Biddulph, which improved me as a man and in turn a husband and father.


Recently there was another such time where a church service totally changed my point of view. Now hear me out! I’m not here to Bible bash you, convert you or anything else. I just want to share the information, as I think it will benefit hunters. You are free to do you, just as I am free to do me 👍


The crux of the message is that we feed our appetite but not our hunger.


What this means is that we chase temporary happiness instead of true happiness. We do quick and easy things that will make us happy for a short time, rather than do the right things that will give us overall happiness for the rest of our lives!


Unfortunately, those quick easy fixes don’t last long and afterwards we can end up feeling worse, so we end up doing them more often and in larger ways trying to make up and feel better. It’s a vicious cycle, that can happen in all aspects of our life.


How this relates to hunting!


We all want to be the best hunter and get game on the ground whether it be for meat or trophy. But to be the best hunter we can peruse two ways:


One feed our appetite, chase temporary happiness and take what appears to be the easy road. We buy new and better gear over and over again chasing the happiness of being a better hunter. But gear doesn’t really make much of a difference and it will not guarantee game on the ground.


The second and what can be confused as the harder path is taking the time to learn the craft of hunting, working on fitness, eating right, not drinking too much and going to bed early the night before the hunt etc. A hunter who does this is far more likely to be successful with getting game on the ground fulfilling true happiness, not only in hunting but in other areas of life as well!


I hope you have read this to the end and get the benefits of this information. I truly wish you true happiness 😊

The 3 top things hunters can do to improve our social licence.

One of the first things we need to establish to answer this question is, what is social licence?

Generally speaking, Social Licence has been defined as the ongoing approval or broad social acceptance of an activity.

This leads to the fact that Social Licence for an activity such as hunting must be earned and then maintained.

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Basic Land Navigation.

Before any hunter heads off into the bush they should ensure they have the necessary skills and equipment. One such skill is basic land navigation.

In today’s day and age it could be easy to think I have a GPS (Global Positioning System) I’ll be right! But batteries run out, things break. A guy called Murphy once said if it can go wrong, it will go wrong.

So it’s important for a hunter to take a map and compass with them as a back up system. However a map and a compass will be of no help if you have no idea on how to use them.

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The beauty of the bush.

I have recently traveled west of Brisbane out to St George then Cunnamulla before heading North all the way up to Karumba. Passing through many outback towns such as Charleville, Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton and Normanton. At Karumba I headed south east towards Croydon, Georgetown, Mount Surprise and now Charters Towers.

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Three weeks without food.

Today is the final blog in our rule of three series. This being so it is that most people can survive for three weeks without food. Again, I must stress that these time periods differ between person to person and medical conditions such as diabetes will place food higher on your list of priorities.

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3 days without water.

Our next survival priority is water, particularly in Australia where water can be hard to find, and temperatures can skyrocket.

Dehydration can not only kill you but suffering from even mild dehydration can make decision making difficult and can lead to costly and life threating mistakes.

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Three Hours without Shelter

I know many of you will be saying that this can’t be correct. I go out for more than 3 hours at a time and I don’t need a shelter to survive.

Once again, the rules of 3 are not an exact time period to measure your survival or death and are only a general guide to help focus on our priorities in a survival situation. Furthermore, the rules of 3’s are for survival situations and not everyday life; therefore, they are based on the worse case scenarios such as being dumped into freezing cold water drenching your clothing or somehow being stuck in the middle of the desert naked.

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3 Minutes without air.

Building onto our series on the rule of 3’s, the next rule is 3 minutes without air.

Now I know that some people can hold their breath for a lot longer than three minutes, just as some of us have health conditions and need constant oxygen to stay alive. The rule of 3’s is not to give a definitive time frame of when you will die, but a helpful tool to help put your priorities in order. I think we can all agree we will live longer without a drink of water then if what we would if we were under water with no air.

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