Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Act 2012

Part 1
Amendments to principal Act

4 Interpretation
  • (1) Section 2 is amended by repealing the definitions of military style semi-automatic firearm and sporting configuration and inserting the following definitions in their appropriate alphabetical order:

    military style semi-automatic firearm means a firearm (other than a pistol) that is—

    • (a) a semi-automatic firearm having 1 or more of the following features:

      • (i) a folding or telescopic butt:

      • (ii) a magazine designed to hold 0.22-inch rimfire cartridges that—

        • (A) is capable of holding more than 15 cartridges; or

        • (B) is detachable, and by its appearance indicates that it is capable of holding more than 15 cartridges:

      • (iii) a magazine (other than one designed to hold 0.22-inch rimfire cartridges) that—

        • (A) is capable of holding more than 7 cartridges; or

        • (B) is detachable, and by its appearance indicates that it is capable of holding more than 10 cartridges:

      • (iv) bayonet lugs:

      • (v) a flash suppressor:

      • (vi) a component of a kind defined or described by an order under section 74A as a pistol grip for the purposes of this definition; or

    • (b) a semi-automatic firearm of a make and model declared by an order under section 74A to be a military style semi-automatic firearm for the purposes of this Act; or

    • (c) a semi-automatic firearm of a description declared by an order under section 74A to be a military style semi-automatic firearm for the purposes of this Act; or

    • (d) a semi-automatic firearm that has a feature of a kind defined or described in an order under section 74A as a feature of military style semi-automatic firearms for the purposes of this Act

    restricted airgun means an airgun that,—

    • (a) without any of the attachments with which it is customarily used, has the appearance of being a pistol, a restricted weapon, or a military style semi-automatic firearm; or

    • (b) with some or all of the attachments with which it is customarily used, has the appearance of being a pistol, a restricted weapon, or a military style semi-automatic firearm; or

    • (c) is designed for use in airsoft or paintball sports and,—

      • (i) without any of the attachments with which it is customarily used, has the appearance of being a firearm capable of full automatic fire; or

      • (ii) with some or all of the attachments with which it is customarily used, has the appearance of being a firearm capable of full automatic fire

    semi-automatic firearm means a firearm that (if it is loaded), with each pull of the trigger,—

    • (a) fires a cartridge and ejects its case; and

    • (b) (unless all cartridges loaded have been fired) chambers another cartridge.

    (2) Section 2 is amended by adding the following subsection as subsection (2):

    • (2) For the purposes of the definition of restricted airgun in subsection (1), an airgun can have the appearance of a pistol, restricted weapon, military style semi-automatic firearm, or firearm capable of full automatic fire without having the appearance of any particular model of pistol, restricted weapon, military style semi-automatic firearm, or firearm capable of full automatic fire.