Online weapons licences will streamline process

A NEW online system for weapons applications has been launched by the Queensland Police Service.

The new service allows applicants to complete, submit and pay for their weapons licence, and permit to acquire a weapon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Senior Sergeant Reeves said the move to online recognised that people wanted the ability to make an application at a time convenient to them while having confidence that the payment was secure.

"Prior to the launch of the Weapons Application Online, people wishing to apply for a weapons licence or a PTA were required to attend a police station during business hours to present the completed paperwork, supply documentation and make payment," he said.

For customers in the Gympie district this could involve travelling a considerable distance and incomplete applications meant the applicant needed to gather further information and return to the police station, resulting in delays in the processing and issuing of licences.

"While this online system will improve the efficiency of applying and assessing weapons licence and PTA applications it in no way compromises the checks and balances associated with getting a weapons licence or acquiring a weapon," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

"QPS is committed to the safety of the Gympie community and each and every weapons licence application and application to acquire a weapon is thoroughly scrutinised as part of the process."

All applicants for a weapons licence or PTA are still required to meet eligibility criteria.

Topics:  qps

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