The Firearms Amendment (COVID-19) Regulation 2020, has recently been introduced and is now in force. This Regulation is here to assist the NSW firearms community in managing their firearms responsibilities while COVID-19 health orders are in place.
The Regulation recognises that there are some compliance functions that licence holders may not be able to perform due to social distancing measures, such as club participation shoots. In addition, the Regulation creates exemptions in relation to certain required time periods specified in the Firearms Act 1996, in circumstances where a person is restricted or prevented from complying with those periods because of an order made under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the provisions of Part 3, Modifications relating to participation requirements for club members, I confirm that participation requirements for club members has been extended a further 12 months. However, it must be noted that the provisions of this Regulation are only relevant whilst there is a current order under Section 7 of the Public Health Act 2010 relating specifically to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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