Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
A subscriber heading to Australia's Northern Territory (NT) was warned by his outfitter that Sydney customs might be holding up guns even with proper documentation. He contacted us, we immediately checked into the matter and found that there have been no reports of any seizures of firearms imported with proper documentation.
A spokesperson for Australia Customs and Border Protection told us, "If hunters have obtained the necessary permit(s), and the firearm passes the mandatory safety testing upon arrival, there is no expectation that it would need to be seized, detained or held for any reason whatsoever." The Hunting Report
also contacted a number of outfitters and travel agents, and none had heard of any issues.
From time to time, rumors of difficulties in Australia pop up, but they generally seem to stem from isolated incidents in which travelers do not have proper documentation. As readers know, traveling to Australia with firearms takes some legwork and advance planning for both hunters and outfitters.
Bill Keith of affiliate sponsor Esplanade Travel (www.esplanadetravel.com
) got us all the details from outfitter Graham Williams of Australian Buffalo Hunters (011-61-427-577-435; www.biggameaustralia.com
). Williams has outfitted in Arnhem Land for 20 years and tells us that he assists many hunters with permits each season. He says that about half of his hunters bring their own guns....