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FIREARMS ACT 1996


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART 1--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Name of Act  
   2.      Dictionary  
   3.      Notes  
   4.      Offences against Act—application of Criminal Code etc  

   PART 2--IMPORTANT CONCEPTS

   5.      Principles and objects of Act  
   6.      Meaning of firearm  
   7.      Meaning of prohibited firearm  
   8.      Meaning of acquire  
   9.      Meaning of dispose  
   10.     Meaning of possession  
   11.     Evidence of possession—firearms at premises  
   12.     Evidence of possession—care, control or management of  
   13.     Taking possession under credit contract  
   14.     Authority to possess and use firearms temporarily  
   15.     Paintball markers—authority to possess, use or store  
   16.     Meaning of close associate of firearms dealer etc  
   17.     Assessing suitability of individuals  
   18.     Assessing suitability of individuals—discretionary criteria  
   19.     Assessing suitability of individuals—mandatory criteria  
   20.     Approval of courses etc by registrar  

   PART 3--OPERATION OF ACT

   21.     Government-owned firearms  
   22.     People responsible for certain actions etc  
   23.     People exempt from Act etc  
   23A.    Application of Act to imitation firearms  

   PART 4--UNREGULATED FIREARMS

   24.     Meaning of unregulated firearm—Act  
   25.     Unregulated firearms—seizure by police  
   26.     Unregulated firearms—receipt for seizure  
   27.     Unregulated firearms—examination  
   28.     Unregulated firearms—access to things seized  
   29.     Unregulated firearms—review of decision to seize  
   30.     Unregulated firearms—forfeiture  

   PART 5--DECLARATIONS ABOUT FIREARMS

   31.     Firearms declarations by registrar  
   32.     Effect of certain declarations  

   PART 6--ADMINISTRATION

   33.     Registrar of firearms  
   34.     Functions of registrar  
   35.     Delegation by registrar  
   36.     Reports and recommendations  
   37.     Minister's guidelines  
   38.     Amnesty  
   39.     Authorised instructors and club members  
   40.     Approval of clubs  
   41.     Registrar's approval to possess ammunition as collector  

   PART 7--FIREARMS LICENCES

           Division 7.1--Requirement for licence etc

   42.     Offence—unauthorised possession or use of prohibited firearms  
   43.     Offence—unauthorised possession or use of firearms other than prohibited  
   44.     Alternative verdicts—unauthorised possession or use of firearms  
   45.     Offence—contravention of condition by licensee etc  

           Division 7.2--Licensing schemes—general

   46.     Definitions of some licences—Act  
   47.     Offence—notice of lost, stolen and destroyed licences  
   48.     Offence—failing to surrender firearms when licence suspended or cancelled  
   49.     Offence—failure to give up suspended or cancelled licence  
   50.     Police may seize firearms under suspended and cancelled licences  
   51.     Licence renewals to be treated as fresh applications  
   52.     Licence categories, kinds and authority conferred by licence  
   53.     Authority conferred by licence—additional matters  

           Division 7.3--Licensing scheme—adult firearms licences

   54.     Adult firearms licences—applications  
   55.     Adult firearms licences—registrar to tell applicant about training  
   56.     Adult firearms licences—requirement for further information  
   57.     Adult firearms licences—decision  
   58.     Adult firearms licences—refusal  
   59.     Adult firearms licences—categories  
   60.     When adult firearms licences may be issued  
   61.     Adult firearms licences—genuine reasons to possess or use  
   62.     Adult firearms licences—no genuine reason to possess or use  
   63.     Adult firearms licences—restriction on issue of category B  
   64.     Adult firearms licences—restriction on issue of category C  
   65.     Adult firearms licences—restriction on issue of category D  
   66.     Adult firearms licences—restriction on issue of category H  
   67.     Adult firearms licences—restriction on issue of collectors  
   68.     Adult firearms licences—restrictions on issue of heirlooms  
   69.     Adult firearms licences—restrictions on issue of firearms dealer  
   70.     Adult firearms licences—restrictions on issue of paintball marker  
   71.     Adult firearms licences—form  
   72.     Adult firearms licences—replacements  
   73.     Adult firearms licences—conditions  
   74.     Adult firearms licences—special conditions of category D  
   75.     Adult firearms licences—special conditions for category H licences for  
   76.     Adult firearms licences—special conditions for collectors  
   77.     Adult firearms licences—special conditions for paintball marker  
   78.     Adult firearms licences—period in force  
   79.     Adult firearms licences—immediate suspension  
   80.     Adult firearms licences—mandatory suspension for family violence  
   81.     Adult firearms licences—cancellation generally  
   81A.    Adult firearms licences—reconsideration of suitability of licensee under certain  
   82.     Adult firearms licences—cancellation of category H licences  
   83.     Adult firearms licences—when suspension or cancellation takes  

           Division 7.4--Licensing scheme—minors firearms licences

   84.     Children prohibited from owning firearms  
   85.     Minors firearms licences—applications  
   86.     Minors firearms licences—requirement for further information  
   87.     Minors firearms licences—decision  
   88.     Minors firearms licences—refusal  
   89.     Minors firearms licences—categories  
   90.     When minors firearms licences may be issued  
   91.     Minors firearms licences—genuine reasons to possess or use  
   92.     Minors firearms licences—form  
   93.     Minors firearms licences—replacements  
   94.     Minors firearms licences—conditions  
   95.     Minors firearms licences—period in force  
   96.     Minors firearms licences—immediate suspension  
   97.     Minors firearms licences—mandatory suspension if family violence  
   98.     Minors firearms licences—cancellation  
   98A.    Minors firearms licences—reconsideration of suitability of licensee under certain  
   99.     Minors firearms licences—when suspension or cancellation takes  

           Division 7.5--Licensing scheme—composite entity firearms licences

   100.    Definitions—Act  
   101.    Composite entity firearms licences—applications  
   102.    Composite entity firearms licences—requirement for further information  
   103.    Composite entity firearms licences—decision  
   104.    Composite entity firearms licences—refusal  
   105.    Composite entity firearms licences—categories  
   106.    Composite entity firearms licence—principal's name  
   107.    When composite entity firearms licences may be issued  
   108.    Composite entity firearms licences—genuine reasons to possess or use  
   109.    Composite entity firearms licences—no genuine reason to possess or use  
   110.    Composite entity firearms licences—restriction on issue of category B  
   111.    Composite entity firearms licences—restriction on issue of category C  
   112.    Composite entity firearms licences—restriction on issue of category D  
   113.    Composite entity firearms licences—restriction on issue of category H  
   114.    Composite entity firearms licences—form  
   115.    Composite entity firearms licences—replacements  
   116.    Composite entity firearms licences—conditions  
   117.    Composite entity firearms licences—period in force  
   118.    Composite entity firearms licences—immediate suspension  
   119.    Composite entity firearms licences—mandatory suspension for family violence  
   120.    Composite entity firearms licences—cancellation  
   121.    Composite entity firearms licences—when suspension or cancellation takes  

           Division 7.6--Licensing scheme—temporary international firearms licences

   122.    Meaning of foreign firearms licence—div 7.6  
   123.    Temporary international firearms licences—applications  
   124.    Temporary international firearms licences—requirement for further information  
   125.    Temporary international firearms licences—decision  
   126.    Temporary international firearms licences—refusal  
   127.    When temporary international firearms licences may be issued  
   128.    Temporary international firearms licences—genuine reasons to possess or use  
   129.    Temporary international firearms licences—form  
   130.    Temporary international firearms licences—conditions  
   131.    Temporary international firearms licences—period in force  
   132.    Temporary international firearms licences—cancellation  
   133.    Temporary international firearms licences—when cancellation takes  

   PART 8--TEMPORARY RECOGNITION OF INTERSTATE LICENCES AND PERMITS

   134.    Definitions—pt 8  
   135.    Temporary recognition of interstate licences—declaration of licence  
   136.    Temporary recognition of interstate licences—general  
   137.    Temporary recognition of interstate category C licences  
   138.    Interstate residents moving to ACT—category A, B, and paintball marker  
   139.    Interstate residents moving to ACT—category C and H licences  
   140.    Temporary recognition of interstate licences for international visitors—shooting or  
   140A.   Temporary recognition of interstate category D licences—vertebrate pest animal  

   PART 9--PERMITS GENERALLY

   141.    General power to issue permits  

   PART 10--PERMITS TO ACQUIRE FIREARMS

   142.    Meaning of acquirer and foreign acquirer—pt 10  
   143.    Permits to acquire—applications  
   144.    Permits to acquire—decision  
   145.    Permits to acquire—refusal to issue generally  
   146.    Permits to acquire—refusal to issue to temporary international firearms  
   147.    When permits to acquire may be issued  
   148.    Permits to acquire—period in force  
   149.    Permits to acquire—replacements  
   150.    Offence—notice of lost, stolen and destroyed permits to acquire  
   151.    Permits to acquire—automatic suspension and cancellation  
   152.    Permits to acquire—cancellation by registrar  
   153.    Offence—failing to give up suspended or cancelled permit to acquire  
   154.    Regulations about permits to acquire  

   PART 11--REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS AND FIREARM USERS

           Division 11.1--Interpretation

   155.    Meaning of owner and user particulars—pt 11  

           Division 11.2--Register of firearms

   156.    Register of firearms  
   157.    Contents of register  
   158.    Register not available to public  
   159.    Two-yearly reviews  

           Division 11.3--Registration of firearms

   160.    Firearm registration—application  
   161.    Firearm registration—request for further information etc  
   162.    Firearm registration—decision  
   163.    Firearm registration—refusal  
   164.    Firearm registration notice  
   165.    End of firearm registration  
   166.    Cancellation of firearm registration  
   167.    Police may seize firearms if firearm registration cancelled  

           Division 11.4--Registration of firearms users

   168.    User registration—application  
   169.    User registration—request for further information etc  
   170.    User registration—decision  
   171.    User registration—refusal  
   172.    Effect of registration as user  
   173.    User registration—period in force  
   174.    Automatic cancellation of user registration  
   175.    Automatic cancellation of user registration—certain registered  

           Division 11.5--Offences—registration

   176.    Offence—failing to notify event causing cancellation of user registration  
   177.    Offence—unregistered firearms  
   178.    Offence—requirements relating to registered firearms  
   179.    Offence—possessing firearm under another licence  

   PART 12--SAFE STORAGE OF FIREARMS

   180.    Offence—failing to comply with storage requirements  
   181.    Offence—storage requirements for category A, category B and paintball marker  
   182.    Offence—storage requirements for category C, D and H licences  
   183.    Seizure of firearms if storage requirements not met  

   PART 13--FIREARMS DEALERS

           Division 13.1--Interpretation

   184.    Meaning of prohibited person—pt 13  

           Division 13.2--Licences and licensed firearms dealers

   185.    Offence—firearms dealers to be licensed  
   186.    Information about close associates of certain firearms dealers  
   187.    Meaning of prohibited person for licensed firearms dealers  
   188.    Registrar's statement whether person prohibited—application  
   189.    Registrar's statement whether person prohibited  
   190.    Offence—prohibited person not to be involved in firearms dealing business  
   191.    Offence—restrictions on acquisition and disposal of firearms by firearms dealers  

           Division 13.3--Licensed firearms dealers—records and returns

   192.    Definitions—div 13.3  
   193.    Offence—records generally  
   194.    Acquisition and disposal—records  
   195.    Correction of recorded entries  
   196.    Offence—inspection of records  
   197.    Offence—records of former firearms dealers  
   198.    Offence—monthly returns  
   199.    Additional requirements for firearms dealers  
   200.    Security of displayed firearms  
   201.    Interstate transactions between dealers  

   PART 14--ENFORCEMENT

           Division 14.1--Interpretation

   202.    Meaning of offence—pt 14  

           Division 14.2--Powers of police officers

   203.    Power to enter premises  
   204.    Production of evidence of identity  
   205.    Consent to entry  
   206.    General powers on entry to premises  
   207.    Powers on entry—condition  
   208.    Offences—noncompliance with directions and requirements  
   209.    Power to seize things  
   210.    Receipt for things seized  

           Division 14.3--Search warrants

   211.    Warrants generally  
   212.    Warrants—application made other than in person  
   213.    Search warrants—announcement before entry  
   214.    Details of search warrant to be given to occupier etc  
   215.    Occupier entitled to be present during search etc  

           Division 14.4--Things seized

   216.    Access to things seized  
   217.    Return or forfeiture of things seized  

           Division 14.5--Enforcement—miscellaneous

   218.    Damage etc to be minimised  
   219.    Compensation for exercise of enforcement powers  

   PART 15--OFFENCES

   220.    Offences—trafficking firearms  
   221.    Discharge etc of firearm—public places etc  
   222.    Discharge of firearm—general  
   223.    Carriage or use of firearm—improper manner  
   224.    Offences—operation of shooting ranges  
   225.    Offences—operation of paintball ranges  
   226.    Offence—unlawful disposal of firearms  
   227.    Offence—unlawful acquisition of firearms  
   228.    Offence—unauthorised manufacture of firearms  
   229.    Use of mail for sending firearms  
   230.    Use of mail for sending firearms outside ACT  
   231.    Advertising sale of firearms  
   232.    Means of delivering possession of firearms  
   233.    Transport of firearms and ammunition  
   234.    Transporting prohibited firearms or pistols  
   235.    Possession of spare barrels for firearms  
   236.    On-the-spot inspection of firearms by police  
   237.    Offence—disposal of firearms by unauthorised holders generally  
   238.    Offence—disposal of inherited firearms  
   239.    Unsafe firearms  
   240.    Shortening firearms  
   241.    Converting firearms  
   242.    Restrictions where alcohol or other drugs concerned  
   243.    Offence—selling ammunition generally  
   244.    Offence—sale of ammunition by licensed firearms dealers  
   245.    Offence—sale of ammunition by authorised club members  
   246.    Offence—selling ammunition to people from outside ACT  
   247.    Offence—selling ammunition for starting pistols  
   248.    Offence—acquiring ammunition  
   249.    Offence—possessing ammunition generally  
   250.    Modification of firearms  
   251.    Approval of modifications  
   252.    Offences—defacing, altering and removing identification marks  
   253.    Pawning of firearms  
   254.    Production of licence or permit on demand  
   255.    Requirement to notify change of address  
   256.    Misuse of licences and permits  
   257.    Offence—lost, stolen or destroyed firearms  

   PART 16--NOTIFICATION AND REVIEW OF DECISIONS

   258.    Meaning of reviewable decision—pt 16  
   260.    Reviewable decision notices  
   260A.   Applications for review  

   PART 17--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

   261.    Disclosure by health professionals of certain information  
   262.    Disposal of surrendered or seized firearms  
   263.    Disposal of uncollected firearms  
   264.    Certificates of safety  
   265.    Acts and omissions of representatives  
   266.    Third-party interests—complaints to registrar  
   267.    Investigations  
   268.    Offences by corporations  
   269.    Evidentiary certificates  
   270.    Determination of fees  
   271.    Approved forms  
   272.    Regulation-making power  
   273.    Licensing of entities to operate approved shooting ranges  
   274.    Licensing of entities to operate approved paintball ranges  
   275.    Authorised possession or use of prohibited firearms with pistol grips for sport or target  
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           SCHEDULE 2
           SCHEDULE 3
           SCHEDULE 4
           DICTIONARY
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