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FIREARMS ACT - SECT 96A

Police may require production of firearm

    (1)     A police officer may, by notice in writing, require the registered owner of a firearm to produce the firearm at a time and place specified in the notice for the purpose of inspection of the firearm to determine whether or not the firearm complies with, and is held in compliance with, this Act.

    (2)     If a person fails to comply with the requirement of a notice under subsection (1):

        (a)     the person commits an offence punishable, on being found guilty, by:

            (i)     if the offender is an individual – a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months; or

            (ii)     if the offender is a body corporate – a fine not exceeding 500 penalty units; and

        (b)     all firearms licences held by the person, and all firearm registrations in the name of the person, are automatically suspended from the day specified in the notice to produce the firearm until 28 days after:

            (i)     the day on which the firearm is produced; or

            (ii)     the person provides information to the satisfaction of the Commissioner as to why the firearm was not produced as required.

    (3)     It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (2)(a) if the defendant proves that he or she did not know (for good reason) the whereabouts of the firearm or was otherwise (for good reason) unable to comply with the requirement to produce the firearm.

    (4)     The Commissioner may, if he or she thinks the circumstances warrant it, reduce the period of suspension mentioned in subsection (2)(b).

    (5)     If the person has not, within 28 days after the day specified in the notice to produce the firearm:

        (a)     complied with the requirement; or

        (b)     satisfied the Commissioner as to why the requirement has not been complied with;

all firearms licences held by the person and all firearm registrations in the name of the person are revoked by force of this section.



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