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FIREARMS ACT 1996 - SECT 6

Application of Act

(1)  This Act does not apply to –
(a) a member of the Defence Force referred to in the Defence Act 1903 of the Commonwealth; or
(b) a police officer, other than a junior constable or trainee, possessing or using a firearm in accordance with subsection (2) while–
(i) acting in the ordinary course of the police officer's duties; or
(ii) stationed at a one-person police station; or
(iii) on call outside the police officer's rostered hours of work; or
(iv) attached to the group of police officers formed for the purpose of carrying out special operations in relation to high risk incidents; or
(c) a junior constable or trainee possessing or using a firearm in accordance with subsection (3) while acting in the ordinary course of the junior constable's or trainee's duties.
(2)  A police officer, other than a junior constable or trainee, possessing or using a firearm under subsection (1) –
(a) must not consume any intoxicating liquor or be under the influence of alcohol or any other drug; and
(b) must not be present at any place where liquor is being consumed except in the ordinary course of the police officer's duties; and
(c) must keep the firearm at his or her residence outside work hours in accordance with the safekeeping and storage requirements under this Act; and
(d) must carry that firearm between that residence and place of duty by the most direct and practicable route.
(3)  A junior constable or trainee possessing or using a firearm under subsection (1)  –
(a) must not consume intoxicating liquor or be under the influence of alcohol or any other drug; and
(b) must not be present at any place where liquor is being consumed except in the ordinary course of the junior constable's or trainee's duties.
(4)  In this section –
junior constable means a junior constable as defined in the Police Service Act 2003 ;
trainee means a trainee as defined in the Police Service Act 2003 .



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