Articles, Blog

What are the Standard Non-Parole Periods for Firearms Offences?


The standard non-parole period is a guidepost or reference point when the court is deciding the appropriate non-parole period for a relevant offence. The non-parole period is the time that a person must spend in prison before being eligible to apply for release from prison. There are five firearms offences that currently attract standard non-parole periods in New South Wales. The first is unauthorised possession or use of a prohibited weapon if it’s dealt with in the district court. That’s under section 7 of the weapons prohibition act of 1998, and the standard non-parole period for that offence is three years imprisonment. The remaining four are under the Firearms Act of 1996. And the first one under that act is unauthorised possession or use of firearms under section 7, and the period for that is three years imprisonment. The next is unauthorised possession of more than three firearms, any of which is a prohibited firearm or pistol, and that’s under Section 51 Capital D Subsection 2, and the period for that is 10 years. The next is unauthorised sale of prohibited firearm or pistol under section 51 1a or 2a, and the period for that is 10 years imprisonment. The last is unauthorised sale of firearms on an ongoing basis under Section 51 Capital B, and the standard non-parole period for that offence is 10 years imprisonment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *