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Deceased estate guns can’t simply be inherited

TOODYAY’S ageing population means increasing numbers of older gun owners need to decide what to do with their firearms before they pass away.

This is because it is illegal for a deceased person’s guns to be kept by a surviving family member or friend unless they are co-licenced to possess the firearms licence.

Guns are licensed to people who lawfully possess them.

Some firearms are worth a lot of money – $10,000 or more – and their value can form a significant part of a deceased estate.

Inheriting a gun for sentimental value doesn’t meet the genuine need required under state law as a valid reason to be granted a firearms licence.

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