Firearms Categories

Firearms are classified under five separate categories - A, B, C, D and H.

Category A

  • Air rifles
  • Rimfire rifles, other than self-loading
  • Shotguns, other than pump action or self-loading
  • Shotgun and rimfire rifle combinations

Category B

  • Muzzle-loading firearms
  • Centre-fire rifles, other than self-loading
  • Shotgun and centre-fire rifle combinations

Category C

  • Self-loading rimfire rifles with magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds
  • Self-loading shotguns with magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
  • Pump action shotguns with magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds
  • Firearms designed to discharge tranquilizers (including pistols)

Category D

  • Self-loading centre-fire rifles
  • Self-loading shotguns with capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Pump action shotguns with capacity of more than 5 rounds
  • Self-loading rimfire rifles with magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds
  • Firearms, other than pistols, less than 70 cm in length and capable of being concealed on or about the person

Category H

  • Pistols and air pistols