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FIREARMS ACT 1996 - SECT 26

Possession and use of firearm under licence

(1)  The holder of a licence must not possess or use a firearm –
(a) if any purpose is specified in the licence, for any purpose that is not so specified; or
(b) if any premises are specified in the licence, at any premises that are not so specified.
Penalty:  In the case of –
(a) the holder of a firearms dealer licence, a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units; or
(b) the holder of any other licence, a fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.
(2)  However, it is not an offence under subsection (1) for the holder of an active non-sporting firearms licence to possess and use a firearm specified in the licence at an approved range if –
(a) the firearm is used only for orientation purposes; and
(b) the holder of the licence has the permission of the club or person in charge of the range; and
(c) the person has not used that firearm, for orientation purposes, at any range on more than 3 occasions in the 6-month period immediately preceding the day on which the person is attending the range.
(3)  In this section –
active non-sporting firearms licence means a firearms licence that –
(a) authorises its holder to use a firearm; and
(b) does not specify, as a purpose for which that firearm may be used, range shooting, sport shooting or target shooting;
orientation purposes , in relation to a firearm, means any or any combination of the following:
(a) sighting the firearm;
(b) testing the firearm or its components or ammunition;
(c) acquiring familiarity with the firearm;
(d) acquiring greater proficiency in the use of the firearm;
range includes shooting gallery.



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