Under section 33 (1) of the 1968 Act, each Chief Officer of Police is required to keep, in the prescribed form, a register of firearms dealers in their area.
Section 33(2) requires the Chief Officer of Police to enter in the register the name of any person (including a corporate body), who has or proposes to have a place of business in the area, who applies or furnishes the prescribed particulars and pays the prescribed fee, unless:
- They are prohibited by a court under section 45 of the Act from being registered.
- The Chief Officer of Police is satisfied that they cannot be permitted to carry on business as a dealer in firearms without danger to the public safety or to the peace or;
- The Chief Officer of Police is satisfied that the applicant will not engage in business as a firearms dealer to a substantial extent or as an essential part of another trade, business or profession.
When registered, a dealer shall be granted a certificate of registration (form 117), which lists all the premises in that area from which the dealer operates and any conditions imposed on the principal place of business. Conditions imposed on other premises in the area are listed on form 118 and a separate copy is completed for each set of premises.
Section 36(1) authorises a Chief Officer of Police to impose, vary or revoke conditions subject to which registration is to have effect. Any such conditions must be specified in the certificate of registration. Where a condition is imposed, varied or revoked during the current life time of a certificate, the Chief Officer of Police is required to give the dealer such particulars in writing. The Chief Officer of Police is empowered to recall the certificate of registration, within 21 days for the purpose of amending it.
Where a person deals in a specific or restricted range of weapons at the time of their application, it may be appropriate to include a condition to the effect that any change in the nature of the business should be notified, without delay, to the Chief Officer of Police who issued the certificate. This is to allow any necessary safekeeping restrictions to be considered.