Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 18 May 2020, 7:46 pm

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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by rc42 » 18 May 2020, 8:18 pm

AussieCapitalist wrote:Mate when does your safety course expire?


15th June will be 1 year to the day for my A/B/H safety course attainment.
I'd heard that they use the day that they start looking at the application rather then the state when it was submitted so it's a concern as it seems likely that Cat H applications have been suspended indefinitely. Obviously there's no lawful way that WLB can do that under the legislation so they won't openly admit it but from their point of view laws apply to us, not to them.

The shutting down of their phone lines and failure to respond to emails is an utter disgrace for a government department.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 18 May 2020, 8:43 pm

Yeah that is cutting it close mate. Who knows what they will try to pull. If you get to the 20th week mate you need to speak to your MP and a lawyer and get them to write to the commissioner on your behalf. That is the only option as they are uncontactable. I am happy to help if I can to provide some kind of evidence, seeing as I got my A/B licence during lockdown so they have no excuse.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by Rwd22 » 19 May 2020, 8:37 am

I'll be in the same boat regarding safety course, mine runs out in about 4 months from memory, its about a month til I can apply for my Cat H, so only leaves me about 3 months. If you end up in that position, have a chat to the place that ran your safety course and see what they can do for you. With any luck I'll have my H license this year!
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 19 May 2020, 8:48 am

Rwd22 wrote:I'll be in the same boat regarding safety course, mine runs out in about 4 months from memory, its about a month til I can apply for my Cat H, so only leaves me about 3 months. If you end up in that position, have a chat to the place that ran your safety course and see what they can do for you. With any luck I'll have my H license this year!



Would you consider doing the course again in the next couple weeks before you apply?
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by Rwd22 » 19 May 2020, 9:25 am

AussieCapitalist wrote:
Rwd22 wrote:I'll be in the same boat regarding safety course, mine runs out in about 4 months from memory, its about a month til I can apply for my Cat H, so only leaves me about 3 months. If you end up in that position, have a chat to the place that ran your safety course and see what they can do for you. With any luck I'll have my H license this year!



Would you consider doing the course again in the next couple weeks before you apply?


For me personally, I'll risk it and see what happens. Rather than throw a chunk of dollars at a safety course for the sake of it, that's quite a few boxes of 9mm, haha. My missus will also be in the same boat, so we'll just see how it goes.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 19 May 2020, 9:43 am

Yeah good plan mate. Hope it works out.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by rc42 » 19 May 2020, 2:09 pm

I contacted Shooters Union for advice about my situation, their response is below and came back within an hour, WLB could learn from that.
Since then I have emailed Mark Ryan to express my concern about WLB response times and ask for my application to be processed asap.
Now back to the waiting for license approval followed by the waiting for license card, I don't think I can do any more till I get to week 20.



"If you have lodged your application before the safety certificate runs out then you are fine. In regards to the timeframe for processing license applications it is running at over 20 weeks. We have contacted the Police Minister as we believe this is totally unacceptable, particularly given the license fee required. Weapons Licensing won’t look at an application until it is over 20 weeks old and as you say you can only contact them via email.

I would suggest you send an email to the Police Minister, Mark Ryan, police@ministerial.qld.gov.au pointing out that this is incredibly poor service. We often find that this seems to move things a bit faster."
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 19 May 2020, 2:55 pm

Nice mate. That should at least get the ball moving.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by Calister » 21 May 2020, 12:40 pm

@rc42 not sure if this helps at all, I'm on my 15th week currently.

I had a call from an inspector about having a safe inspection last friday as WLB wanted to confirm everything was in order before going ahead with my cat H application so it still appears that they are at least looking at applications though I have no idea when the approval will happen, probably after week 20. I'll update when that happens.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by rc42 » 22 May 2020, 9:17 am

WOOHOOO.... Just got the email approval for my Cat H license after 18 weeks and 6 days

Now to wait for that plastic card and my PTA, I have a Ruger Mk IV Hunter waiting at the dealer so it looks like I'll have it by the time the ranges open.

That was a long wait, the pistol process started on 4th June 2019 when I submitted my QP515 at the local police station, lets see if I can get the plastic license card in under a year, it will be close...
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by RuinedNoodle » 22 May 2020, 11:55 am

Congrats RC, did they reply to any of your emails to the police minister?
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 22 May 2020, 12:59 pm

Finely mate. You have earned it.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by rc42 » 22 May 2020, 2:14 pm

I got an automated reply from the Minister's office then a few hours later a personal one from one of the staff on behalf of the Minister saying that the Minister had noted my concerns and would ask QLD Police to give them due consideration. Three days later I have my approval.

For anyone interested, I sent this:


"For the attention of Mark Ryan, Hon Member and Police Minister

Could I please raise an issue to your attention and ask for your assistance in resolving it.

I applied to Weapons Licensing Branch on 12th January 2020 for a Category H license for sports and target shooting, I was advised at that time to make contact if the license had not been processed after 12 weeks. After waiting 11 weeks the Covid-19 restrictions were put in place and at some point after that the wait time increased to 20 weeks before applications are even considered.

I am now in week 18 of waiting with no ability to phone Weapons Licensing Branch as they have shut off their phone lines and I have only received one generic email response after trying to contact them by email weekly for the last three weeks.

Ranges are planning to open soon but I am now excluded from participation as ‘form 33’ unlicensed shooters will not be permitted as their required direct supervision would break social distancing rules.

I have already been through the police checking process twice and was approved for pistol club membership and again for my Category A/B long arm license so I do not believe that a further mandatory 20 week wait for this license application processing to begin is reasonable.

I would, therefore, ask that you please forward this concern to Weapons Licensing Branch and ask them to consider my application as soon as possible.


Thanks and kind regards"
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 22 May 2020, 4:17 pm

Maybe he moved you up the que mate or maybe coincidence. Either way well done it will be worth the wait when your out there. I just checked my A/B licence and it expires in Jan 2031 because I applied in Feb and it was approved in April but my birthday is in Jan so they gave me 9 extra months so it is inline with my birthday. The poor fellows in WA have 1 year licences and here I am with nearly 11.
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Post by CTW » 22 May 2020, 10:58 pm

rc42 wrote:WOOHOOO.... Just got the email approval for my Cat H license after 18 weeks and 6 days

Now to wait for that plastic card and my PTA, I have a Ruger Mk IV Hunter waiting at the dealer so it looks like I'll have it by the time the ranges open.

That was a long wait, the pistol process started on 4th June 2019 when I submitted my QP515 at the local police station, lets see if I can get the plastic license card in under a year, it will be close...

Thats great news! I hope your card arrives soon.
I am hopeful that mine will not be too much longer now but then again who knows.? 18 wks and 1 day.
I have already been told by gunshop that they will be charging storage since it has taken so long. 20 weeks is a bit of an unnecessarily long wait especially since we already have AB licences. If they want to take 20 weeks they should allow you to apply earlier so that by the time the 6 month probation is over that you can get the licence in a reasonably time period.
Let us know when you get your card.
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by rc42 » 23 May 2020, 8:57 am

Which gun store is that? name and shame them so others can avoid them.

I use Shooters Delight in Underwood, Brisbane, they don't have any storage charges for new purchases if they have to hold them while you wait for licensing, the benefit to them is they get the sale and they get it early.

With everything slowing down due to restrictions I'm expecting the card in about 3 weeks but as long as it arrives before my pistol club opens I'll be happy, my PTA should come through in that time too, those are being processed very quickly at the moment (probably because hardly anyone is looking at licensing)
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Re: Queensland Weapons Licensing - Wait times

Post by AussieCapitalist » 23 May 2020, 11:34 am

My card was quick RC42. Like 10 days and that included good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays so you may get it sooner than you think mate.

The Barn out at Oakey charge $11 a week for storage after 2 months. I think they have it in place because their vault is only so big and they do not want people storing stuff there for months at a time. Which is fair enough as a small business to do that. I am not sure if they charge every single person but they have it noted that they do as a deterrent to stop long term storage.

Do you guys read the NSW licence thread? Those guys down there wait like 150 days for their A/B licence.
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