New Control of Weapons Regulations: 5th June 2014
Please read the following documents and send comments to the jsutice department. This is your chance to have a say on the regulations.
We are a SWORD COLLECTORS GUILD only – not covering “Licensable Knives“ as per the act.
According to the Victoria Police, a sword is defined as follows. ‘A thrusting, striking or cutting weapon with a long blade (blunt or otherwise), having one or two edges and a hilt or handle.’ This includes original, replicas, backyard creations and pretty much anything not made of wood that may be considered a weapon. Remember, anything you use offensively becomes a weapon under law.
As a general rule, (Not to be used as legal advice)
- Swords need to be placed in a locked wooden or steel case that only the Guild member has a key for. Not Under The Bed
- Be aware that you must transport blades safely and securely. Swords need to secularly locked when transporting.
- You Must have Your Victorian Historical Edged Weapons Collectors GuildMembership Card with you
- Be aware you must have a Legal Reason to have these Weapons in you car
- Travelling with a Sword in your boot or A Knife under your seat unsecured WILL lead to Charges.
- Self defence is not a valid reason.
You are not covered by your club exemptions if you are breaking the Law by not adhering to each aspect of the Controlled Weapons Act.
If you wish to import any swords – you must contact the Victorian Police for an B709b Permit of Import- then apply to Customs in Canberra- this is the procedure –the Guild Exemption is not enough- contact the Victoria Police for full details.
For legally binding information, check out the Police Licensing Services website.
New Information on Swords
Ensuring that the weapons storage facility is ‘not readily accessible’ and/ or ‘not available’ simply means that all reasonable measures have been taken to make sure that the weapon is secured in a manner which ensures that an unauthorised person is unable to remove the weapon. For example, a sword is considered ‘not readily accessible’ or ‘not available’ if it is bolted to the wall, or locked in a glass cabinet, thereby preventing an unauthorised person gaining possession of the weapon.
Contact Victorian Police for up-to date info as YOU are responsible for correct storage as per the Law in your state.
For legally binding information, check out the Police Licensing Website, or e-mail them.