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FIREARMS ACT - SECT 99A

Storage of certain firearms

    (1)     If a firearm:

        (a)     is seized, surrendered or delivered up under this Act and cannot be returned to the owner of the firearm because the owner's licence or permit, or the certificate of registration of the firearm, is suspended or revoked; or

        (b)     is lodged with the Commissioner under section 94 and cannot be returned to the owner of the firearm because the Commissioner has refused to grant a permit or certificate of registration;

the Commissioner may, by notice in writing, direct the owner of the firearm to sell or otherwise dispose of the firearm.

    (2)     If:

        (a)     a firearm has come into the lawful possession of a police officer; and

        (b)     no legal requirement exists for the retention of the firearm; and

        (c)     reasonable attempts have been made to return the firearm to its registered owner;

the Commissioner may, by notice in writing, direct the owner to take possession of the firearm.

    (3)     If the owner of a firearm does not comply with a direction under subsection (1) or (2) within 28 days after the direction is given or any further time that the Commissioner specifies in the notice, the Commissioner may dispose of the firearm in accordance with section 166 of the Police Administration Act as if the firearm was unclaimed property.

    (4)     The Regulations may prescribe fees that are payable in relation to the storage of a firearm by the Commissioner prior to the owner taking possession of the firearm.



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