FIREARMS ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

PART I
Interpretation

   2   Interpretation

   3   Declaration of restricted person

 

PART II
Importation, Exportation and Transhipment

   4   Restriction on importation, exportation and transhipment of firearms and ammunition

   5   Travellers to make declaration of firearms and ammunition

   6   Further provisions relating to declaration of firearms or ammunition by travellers

   7   Custody of firearms and ammunition by officer of customs

   8   Firearms and ammunition not to be held to be imported into Jamaica in certain circumstances

 

PART III
Manufacture, Sale, Purchase and Repair of Firearms and Ammunition

   9   General restrictions upon manufacture and dealing in firearms and ammunition

   10   Restrictions upon acquisition or disposal of firearms and ammunition

   11   Restriction on delivery of firearm and ammunition

   12   Special restrictions upon holders of Firearm Manufacturer's or Firearm Dealer's Licences

   13   General restriction on repair and transfer of firearms and ammunition

   14   Restrictions re gunsmiths

   15   Special restrictions on shortening firearms and converting imitation firearms into firearms

   16   Notice to be displayed by licensees

   17   Records and returns

   18   Revocation of licences in case of certain offences

   19   Penalty for taking in pawn firearms or ammunition

 

PART IV
Possession and use of Firearms and Ammunition

   20   Possession of firearms and ammunition

   21   General restriction upon carrying firearms and ammunition in public

   22   Special restriction on carrying of firearms and ammunition in public places

   23   Restrictions relating to the discharge of firearms and ammunition

   24   Penalty for possessing firearm or ammunition with intent to injure

   25   Penalty for use and possession of firearm or imitation firearm in certain circumstances

   26   Penalty for use of firearm or ammunition in contravention of terms or conditions of licences, etc

      Establishment of Authority

   26B   Functions of Authority

 

PART V
Licences, Certificates and Permits

   27   Types of licences, certificates and permits

   28   Application for licences, certificates and permits

   29   General provisions as to grant and issue of licences, certificates and permits

   30   Firearm User's (Employee's) Certificate

   31   Special provisions relating to Firearm User's (Special) Permit

   32   Special provisions relating to Firearm Disposal Permit

   33   General provisions as to licences, certificates and permits

   34   Duration of licence or permit

   35   Amendment of licences, certificates and permits

      Delivery of firearms to Authority for safe keeping

   36   Revocation of licences, certificates and permits

   37   Review of decision of Authority

      Review Board

   38   Firearm Trans-shipment Permit

 

PART VI
Power of Search and to Obtain Information

   39   Power of constable to require production of licence, certificate or permit

   40   Further provisions relating to production of licence, certificate or permit

   41   Report of loss or theft of firearm or ammunition

      Loss of firearm through negligence

   42   Power to stop and search vehicles

   43   Search warrants

 

PART VII
Financial and Miscellaneous

   44   Appropriate duty

   45   Custody of firearms and ammunition

   46   Forfeiture of firearms and ammunition

      Ballistics certificates admissible in evidence

   47   Carrying firearms or ammunition in pants

   48   Regulations

   49   Service of notices

   50   General penalty

   51   Compulsory imprisonment for certain offences

   52   Savings

      SCHEDULES

 

THE FIREARMS ACT

[Date of Commencement: 16th March, 1967]

Acts
1 of 1967,
29 of 1973,
38 of 1973,
8 of 1974,
17 of 1974,
1 of 1983,
12 of 1985,
26 of 2005,
5 of 2008,
12 of 2009,
23 of 2010.

LNs
483A/1990,
89B/1993,
23P/1998,
71C/2003,
87E/2003.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Firearms Act.

PART I
Interpretation (sections 2-3)

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "acquire" means hire, accept as a gift or borrow,

   "appointed day" means the 16th March, 1967;

   "appropriate authority" . . .

[26/2005 s 2(a).]

   "ammunition" means ammunition for any firearm and includes restricted ammunition;

   "artillery" means any cannon, howitzer, mortar or flamethrower except of a type commonly in use before the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty;

   "Authority" means the Firearm Licensing Authority established under section 26A;

[26/2005 s 2(b).]

   "automatic firearm" means any firearm so designed or adapted that if pressure is applied to the trigger missiles continue to be discharged until pressure is removed from the trigger or the magazine containing the missiles is empty;

   "certificate" means a certificate under this Act;

   "chief officer of police" means-

   (a)   in respect of a parish which constitutes a single police division, the officer designated by the Commissioner of Police to be the chief officer of police in that parish for the purpose of this Act; or

   (b)   in respect of each police division of a parish which comprises two or more police divisions, the officer designated by the Commissioner of Police to be the chief officer of police in that police division for the purposes of this Act;

   "firearm" means any lethal barrelled weapon from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged, or any restricted weapon or, unless the context otherwise requires, any prohibited weapon, and includes any component part of any such weapon and any accessory to any such weapon designed or adapted to diminish the noise or flash caused by firing the weapon, but does not include any air rifle, air gun, or air pistol of a type prescribed by the Minister and of a calibre so prescribed;

   "Firearm Dealer's Licence" means a licence authorising the holder thereof to buy or sell or buy and sell at such place as may be specified in the licence firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified;

   "Firearm Disposal Permit" means a permit authorising the holder thereof to dispose of the firearm or ammunition specified therein;

   "Firearm Export Permit" means a permit authorising the holder thereof during such period as may be specified therein to export from Jamaica to such destination and in such manner such firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified;

   "Firearm Import Permit" means a permit authorising the holder thereof during such period as may be specified therein to import into Jamaica from such source as may be specified therein such firearms or ammunition as may be so specified;

   "Firearm Manufacturer's Licence" means a licence authorising the holder thereof to manufacture in Jamaica at such place as may be specified in the licence firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified and to buy and sell in Jamaica at such place as may be so specified firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified (whether manufactured by the holder or not);

   "Firearm Transhipment Permit" means a permit authorising the holder thereof during such period as may be specified therein to tranship from some vessel so specified to some other vessel so specified such firearms or ammunition of such type as may be so specified;

   "Firearm User's Licence" means a licence authorising the holder thereof, subject to section 22 and to the terms and conditions specified in the licence, to be in possession of the firearm or ammunition so specified;

   "Firearm User's (Employee's) Certificate" means a certificate issued pursuant to section 30;

   "Firearm User's (Special) Permit" means a permit authorising the holder thereof to be in possession of the firearm or ammunition specified therein within any area so specified to which section 22 applies upon such occasions as may be so specified;

   "Gunsmith's Licence" means a licence authorising the holder thereof to carry on the business of repairing, testing or proving firearms or ammunition at such premises as may be specified in the licence;

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