No idea if anyone here is going to have a solid answer but I have some questions relating to exempt firearms in Victoria.
Victoria Police is very clear that they consider longarms to be exempt if they are made before 1900, don’t use cartridge ammunition OR use cartridge ammunition which is no longer commercially available (https://www.police.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-11/What-is-a-firearm-v-1-1.pdf). In addition to this, they state that “these firearms are ‘exempt’ from the Firearms Act 1996, there is no regulation or licence requirements to purchase, possess, carry and use exempt firearms in Victoria”.
There are two scenarios I currently face where I would like some opinions relating to this.
I own a pre-1900s 12 gauge double-barrel black powder shotgun which is currently registered as a firearm. The firearm is NOT rated for modern ammunition. As far as I am aware, this meets the above-stated requirements to be an exempt firearm as, again, from what I know, you cannot buy commercial black-powder shotgun shells.
Do people agree that this would be an exempt firearm? If so, how do I get it taken off my licence? For the record, I have no intention of ever firing it. I want to hang it up as it looks cool and is taking up space in the safe.
I have recently been forced to purchase a muzzle-loading musket off @bentaz (forced as in he said he had one and then I said OK). It is pre-1900 and does not use cartridge ammunition so, again, it seems to meet the requirements of an exempt firearm. This one I do intend to shoot.
Do I need a PTA for it? When I get it, does it need to be stored in the safe?
This seems to be a bit of a black hole and I suspect there is not a lot of information around other than the VicPol website which I’ve quoted from above. I found one other sort of related thread on here from 2018 which featured @juststarting, @Wombat and @no1mk3 discussing handguns but that was all I could find.
Any help, thoughts or advice is appreciated.