Unlawful Supply of Weapons

“A person must not unlawfully supply a weapon to another person.”

Our experienced criminal law solicitors have prepared a brief overview of the law relating to weapons in Queensland.

If you or someone you care about is facing a charge of supplying a weapon, you need specific advice and should contact Gatenby Criminal Lawyers on 5580010 for advice.

What is a ‘Supply’?

In regards to weapons, supply means to give another person. It can be a sale or simply a gifting, there does not need to be any cost or compensation.

Offers to supply, or even acts in preparation to supply may also be considered a supply according to the Court.

Examples of Prohibited Acts

  • Giving your partner an engraved pistol as a gift
  • Selling an old shotgun to a unlicensed private buyer
  • Lending a friend a hunting rifle for the weekend getaway

The above are simply examples and are not exhaustive of all situations.

What the Prosecution Must Prove

  1. You supplied a weapon to another person;
  2. The weapon is defined under the regulations (see categories); and
  3. You were not authorised to supply the weapon.

The Crown is required to prove all of the above elements.

Possible Penalties

Offence Maximum Penalty
Supply of 5+ weapons, with 1+ Category D, E, H or R weapons 13 Years Imprisonment
5+ weapons 10 Years Imprisonment, or 500 Penalty Units
Category D, H or R weapon 7 Years Imprisonment, or 300 Penalty Units
Category C or E weapon 4 Years Imprisonment, or 200 Penalty Units
Category A, B or M weapon 2 Years Imprisonment, or 100 Penalty Units

What Court Will I Be In?

Unlawful supply of weapons is a summary charge, and will be heard and determined in the Magistrates Court.

For specific legal advice relating to your matter, you should immediately contact Gatenby Criminal Lawyers on (07) 5580 0120.