Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Jan-March 2019

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Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times Jan-March 2019

Post by bah » 02 Mar 2019, 9:00 pm

Hi there,

Apologies in advance for adding another post on wait times for new category A/B license and PTA wait times, but I just noticed that the other thread had become quite long and somewhat outdated. I am reaching out to the community to gauge as how long processing times have been for recent successful applicants.

I submitted my weapons licence application on the 28/01/2019 with my first two PTAs (one Cat A, one Cat B). I received an email notice to have my ID checked on the 17/02/2019, which I had the opportunity to complete on the way home from work on the same day. I emailed a copy of my confirmation provided by police to the inquiries email. I called again end of last week for an update, and I was told my applications hadn’t even been looked at yet. When I asked for further information, I wasn’t provided with anything indicative or useful, just that they would ‘get to it when they get to it’ in order of processing.

Considering I have already paid for both rifles, and the cost of paying for a 10 year license, it’s safe to say I’m quite keen on picking them up and getting out to the range. With a history as clean as a whistle, no traffic offences and years in a professional job, I really don’t understand what the hold up could be now that my 28 days has lapsed.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers! :drinks:
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Post by Blr243 » 02 Mar 2019, 9:26 pm

Find something else to distract yourself for the time being. Otherwise it’s just checking the mailbox and being disappointed every day My last pta this year took about 34 day’s total and I’m waiting for two more
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Post by No1_49er » 02 Mar 2019, 10:52 pm

Applied for @ 21:00hr Friday last.
Approved @ 10:40 Wednesday last - email. Has already been faxed to dealer.
Excluding the weekend, two and a bit days.
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Post by Daddybang » 03 Mar 2019, 7:14 am

Same as no1's applied for a pta Friday last approval email in the inbox following Monday morning faxed to dealer Wednesday.
New license can take anywhere up to about three months even longer in some situations don't waste ya time chasing them until the three months has passed as ya will just get the "its being processed in order of receipt" line. If nothing else the whole process forces ya to learn patience!!!!!! :lol: :thumbsup: :drinks:
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Post by JSS » 03 Mar 2019, 7:41 am

Yep i've had two ptas (which were put in separately) both come through within a week in the past month or so.
Can't complain about that :drinks:
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Post by meawls » 03 Mar 2019, 9:26 am

Two PTA’s for different purchases submitted a week apart late last month - both Cat A. One approved after a day and a half, the other approved the next day. In both cases the docs were faxed to the dealers within three days. Renewal of Cat H licence last week. Approval received after a day and a half. Haven’t got the card in the mail yet ... but jeez it’s only been a week!! You only need the numbered approval to be legal anyways ... I say top marks genlemen!!
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Post by Bilko » 06 Mar 2019, 9:30 pm

How did you go bah? I submitted my licence application on 18 Feb, got email and provided my 100 points today. Told 4 weeks and should have licence.

PTA for a Weatherby 243 submitted 20 Feb, so hopefully will get to test it for Easter.
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Post by bah » 07 Mar 2019, 7:11 pm

Blr243 wrote:Find something else to distract yourself for the time being. Otherwise it’s just checking the mailbox and being disappointed every day My last pta this year took about 34 day’s total and I’m waiting for two more


You're not false Blr243, checking the letterbox every afternoon has simultaneously been the most exciting, and most disappointing, part of my day!

No1_49er wrote:Applied for @ 21:00hr Friday last.
Approved @ 10:40 Wednesday last - email. Has already been faxed to dealer.
Excluding the weekend, two and a bit days.


No1_49er, sounds like once you actually have the license, the PTA wait times are an absolute breeze.

Daddybang wrote:Same as no1's applied for a pta Friday last approval email in the inbox following Monday morning faxed to dealer Wednesday.
New license can take anywhere up to about three months even longer in some situations don't waste ya time chasing them until the three months has passed as ya will just get the "its being processed in order of receipt" line. If nothing else the whole process forces ya to learn patience!!!!!! :lol: :thumbsup: :drinks:


Daddybang, this whole entire process has afforded me an understanding of patience that transcends human understanding. :D

JSS wrote:Yep i've had two ptas (which were put in separately) both come through within a week in the past month or so.
Can't complain about that :drinks:


JSS, let's hope that I can boast of the same turn around times when I go for my 2.43 bolt action and 12 gauge lever action PTAs after the plastic arrives!

meawls wrote:Two PTA’s for different purchases submitted a week apart late last month - both Cat A. One approved after a day and a half, the other approved the next day. In both cases the docs were faxed to the dealers within three days. Renewal of Cat H licence last week. Approval received after a day and a half. Haven’t got the card in the mail yet ... but jeez it’s only been a week!! You only need the numbered approval to be legal anyways ... I say top marks genlemen!!


meawls, I'm joining the local pistol club as soon as my license arrives. How long did you have to wait for your Cat H License, minus the 6-month mandatory wait and participation in three comps?

A broader question for the group - when can I expect the police to inspect my safe? I want to show off my secure storage facility! :thumbsup:
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Post by bah » 07 Mar 2019, 7:19 pm

Bilko wrote:How did you go bah? I submitted my licence application on 18 Feb, got email and provided my 100 points today. Told 4 weeks and should have licence.

PTA for a Weatherby 243 submitted 20 Feb, so hopefully will get to test it for Easter.


Hi Bilko, I gave them a call again this week and had a representative tell me they have had an influx of applications, and that I should expect to wait for an additional 8 weeks before receiving an email confirming approval. A little bit bummed considering I was hoping to get to the range in the short break over Easter. The information that you received sounds A LOT more promising. I've read some posts about some applicants having the opportunity to verify their ID a little earlier than others - perhaps this will work to your advantage? Keep me in the loop regardless, I'm curious to see whether they actually follow the 'in order of applications received' processing rule. 8-)
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Post by JSS » 07 Mar 2019, 7:20 pm

bah wrote:, let's hope that I can boast of the same turn around times when I go for my 2.43 bolt action and 12 gauge lever action PTAs after the plastic arrives!


Didn't you put some PTAs in at the same time as your licence application? If you did they should be approved and arrive about the same time. if not you'll have another 28 day waiting period for your first PTAs.


bah wrote:A broader question for the group - when can I expect the police to inspect my safe? I want to show off my secure storage facility! :thumbsup:


Probably never, it's a random thing, i don't personally know anyone who's ever had one. A couple of guys on the forum have had them though so they do happen..
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Post by bah » 07 Mar 2019, 7:35 pm

JSS wrote:
bah wrote:, let's hope that I can boast of the same turn around times when I go for my 2.43 bolt action and 12 gauge lever action PTAs after the plastic arrives!


Didn't you put some PTAs in at the same time as your licence application? If you did they should be approved and arrive about the same time. if not you'll have another 28 day waiting period for your first PTAs.


bah wrote:A broader question for the group - when can I expect the police to inspect my safe? I want to show off my secure storage facility! :thumbsup:


Probably never, it's a random thing, i don't personally know anyone who's ever had one. A couple of guys on the forum have had them though so they do happen..


Hi JSS, yes I did! I just assumed that I might have to wait an additional 28 days after the license is approved. I do remember putting my reference number in with the application. I'll just have to wait and see what happens I suppose. :unknown:
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Post by JSS » 07 Mar 2019, 7:43 pm

You should be sweet then, the 28 days runs at the same time as the 28 days for your lic application, they should come through when your lic comes in if past history is anything to go by.
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Post by No1_49er » 07 Mar 2019, 8:04 pm

bah wrote:
No1_49er wrote:Applied for @ 21:00hr Friday last.
Approved @ 10:40 Wednesday last - email. Has already been faxed to dealer.
Excluding the weekend, two and a bit days.


No1_49er, sounds like once you actually have the license, the PTA wait times are an absolute breeze.


Subsequent to the above, two more Cat B applications - advised approved after 2 days, faxed to dealer in the same week :thumbsup:
Seems like they "batch process" their faxes
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Post by meawls » 08 Mar 2019, 5:57 pm

meawls wrote:Two PTA’s for different purchases submitted a week apart late last month - both Cat A. One approved after a day and a half, the other approved the next day. In both cases the docs were faxed to the dealers within three days. Renewal of Cat H licence last week. Approval received after a day and a half. Haven’t got the card in the mail yet ... but jeez it’s only been a week!! You only need the numbered approval to be legal anyways ... I say top marks genlemen!!


meawls, I'm joining the local pistol club as soon as my license arrives. How long did you have to wait for your Cat H License, minus the 6-month mandatory wait and participation in three comps?

A broader question for the group - when can I expect the police to inspect my safe? I want to show off my secure storage facility! :thumbsup:[/quote]

Sorry mate ... had my pistol licence over 30 years - the latest renewal was number seven - and it gets renewed for 5 years at a time!! Situation very different from now!!

In the 11 years we’ve lived at this address we’ve had 2 safe/firearms inspections. The way I understand the situation, it’s done randomly, and at a time when the local station has the resources. They are usually obliged to give notice, and they did in both cases for us.
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Post by fishburgr » 11 Mar 2019, 3:41 pm

You blokes getting your PTAs back in a day or two are making me nervous. Im 6 working days into my wait for a PTA for an air rifle.

I probably have nothing to be worried about.
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Post by Daddybang » 11 Mar 2019, 4:12 pm

Don't panic fish the pta before my last took two weeks. ....nothing like consistent service!!! :lol: :thumbsup: :drinks:
Thinking about it that was for an air rifle too :unknown: :lol: :drinks:
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Post by fishburgr » 11 Mar 2019, 5:56 pm

Cheers Daddybang, that puts my mind at rest.
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Post by gunnnie » 13 Mar 2019, 10:33 pm

My son's renewal was lodged on line the night before it was due to expire, 2wks ago. He got his new license a week later! Bloody impressive if you ask me.
PTA's just as quick. I lodged a Cat H on line & was approved, via email, 24hrs later.

It's great to see that WLB are working towards common sense with regards approvals etc. A lot of the red tape seems to have been cut out & the process streamlined. It has to make their job easier & less complicated. The way it was must have been a nightmare to work through.
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