Who can join an approved handgun shooting club?

Any adult person over 18 years of age who has not been deemed by the court to be a prohibited person.

Any junior person over 12 years old who has not been deemed by the court to be a prohibited person. However consent by a parent or guardian must be given. A junior person is not able to own or purchase handguns until they are 18 years old.

Procedure for trying and joining.

The current firearms legislation provides for a series of processes to be followed. Whilst these may seem onerous, they are basically straight foward for any person serious about taking up the sport.

They are:

  1. Notification of receiving instruction

    An adult person interested in joining an Approved Handgun Shooting Club is allowed to “try” the sport 10 times, a child 3 times. On each occasion they must complete a form which the club then submits to the Victoria Police. A Drivers Licence and Medicare card also needs to be shown.

  2. Complete Application For Membership Form

  3. Have fingerprints taken at Police Station

  4. Handgun Safety Course

    Within 3 months of applying for a provisional general category handgun licence, a member must pass a handgun safety course. This course is conducted within the club free of charge.

  5. Provisional General Category Handgun Licence

    After joining an approved handgun target shooting club, the new member cannot apply for a general category hangun licence until they have been a member for a continuous period of 6 months and have also participated in at least 5 approved handgun shooting matches during this period. The provisional general category handgun licence, issued for a minimum period of 6 months and maximum period of 12 months (and is not renewable), allows a new member to carry and use firearms at a club until they receive a general handgun licence.

  6. Apply for a General Handgun Licence

    Once this is received the member can apply to purchase their own handguns – intially limited to 2 handguns only.

How much does it cost to be a member of the Mildura Pistol Club?

There is NO joining fee charged.

As of 1st July 2017, the Mildura Pistol Club fees are:

Membership Adult $200.00
Junior $100.00
Range Fee Adult $200.00
Junior $100.00

For persons joining after July 1, fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis. If required fees can be paid by instalments.

Of the membership fee, more than $100.00 per adult member and $50.00 per junior member is passed on to the Victorian Amateur Pistol Association Inc.