Coming soon is a 28 day waiting period that will apply for new members before buying swords. The guild will let you know when this takes effect.
Click Here to read about the governments proposed changes to importing regulations. Be sure to write to your parliamentary member to tell them what you think.
"For collector and re-enactment groups, you will see that some of the conditions have changed since the draft Orders were last sent to you. In brief, the key changes are:
-Senior Policy Officer
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-DISCLAIMER ON AGE RESTRICTION – PERSONS WISHING TO PURCHASE WEAPONS MUST BE 18 YEAR OF AGE-And HOLD THE WEAPONS PERMIT- proof of age required before sale.
-ALL Weapons purchases must be signed for on delivery.
Please note the Office of Victorian Historical Edged Weapons Collectors Guild will be closed for the holidays. We will reopen on the 23rd Feb 2012.
Although the Office will be closed we will still accept Payments in this time, but applications will not be processed until 23rd Feb 2012.
Please read the following documents and send comments to the jsutice department. This is your chance to have a say on the regulations.
-We are an informal club who help members dedicated to the preservation of swords.
As much as we would like to advise our members on their legal rights and responsibilities concerning sword ownership, the best place to find information is the respective Police websites for your state/territory.
We are not nor will not give any Legal advice as to your Weapon Licence
Do Not contact this Office for assistance you will need to Contact your lawyer or other registered legal practitioner. All we offer is exemption from specific laws under specific conditions.
Please note that we are only a sword guild and are not allowed to provide any exemptions for other edged weapons like double edged knives, swords only!
See our articles page for further details.
We are a SWORD COLLECTORS GUILD only – not covering “Licensable Knives“ as per the act.
-According to the Victoria Police, a sword is defined as follows. 'A thrusting, striking or cutting weapon with a long blade (blunt or otherwise), having one or two edges and a hilt or handle.' This includes original, replicas, backyard creations and pretty much anything not made of wood that may be considered a weapon. Remember, anything you use offensively becomes a weapon under law.
- As a general rule, (Not to be used as legal advice), Swords need to be placed in a locked wooden or steel case that only the Guild member has a key for. Not Under The Bed
- Be aware that you must transport blades safely and securely. Swords need to secularly locked when transporting.
- You Must have Your Victorian Historical Edged Weapons Collectors Guild Membership Card with you
- Be aware you must have a Legal Reason to have these Weapons in you car
- Travelling with a Sword in your boot or A Knife under your seat unsecured WILL lead to Charges.
- Self defence is not a valid reason.
You are not covered by your club exemptions if you are breaking the Law by not adhering to each aspect of the Controlled Weapons Act.
If you wish to import any swords – you must contact the Victorian Police for an B709b Permit of Import- then apply to Customs in Canberra- this is the procedure –the Guild Exemption is not enough- contact the Victoria Police for full details.
Ensuring that the weapons storage facility is ‘not readily accessible’ and/ or 'not available’ simply means that all reasonable measures have been taken to make sure that the weapon is secured in a manner which ensures that an unauthorised person is unable to remove the weapon. For example, a sword is considered ‘not readily accessible’ or 'not available’ if it is bolted to the wall, or locked in a glass cabinet, thereby preventing an unauthorised person gaining possession of the weapon.
Contact Victorian Police for up-to date info as YOU are responsible for correct storage as per the Law in your state.
For legally binding information, check out the Police Licensing Website, or e-mail them.