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WEAPONS CONTROL ACT - SECT 10

Authority to purchase required for each purchase of prohibited weapon or body armour

    (1)     A person must not purchase a prohibited weapon or body armour unless he or she is the holder of a specific purchase authority permitting him or her to purchase the prohibited weapon, or the body armour, specified in the authority.

Maximum penalty:     If the offender is an individual – 400 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years.

    If the offender is a body corporate – 2 000 penalty units.

    (2)     A separate specific purchase authority is required for each prohibited weapon or body armour to be purchased.

    (3)     The holder of an approval to purchase may apply to the Commissioner for a specific purchase authority.

    (4)     An application under subsection (3) is to be:

        (a)     in a form approved by the Commissioner; and

        (b)     accompanied by the prescribed fee.

    (5)     A person must not, in an application under subsection (3), knowingly make a statement that is false or misleading in a material particular.

Maximum penalty:     If the offender is an individual – 100 penalty units.

    If the offender is a body corporate – 500 penalty units.

    (6)     The Commissioner may, on receipt of an application under subsection (3), grant or refuse to grant a specific purchase authority to the applicant.

    (7)     A specific purchase authority is to specify the prohibited weapon or body armour to which the authority relates.

    (8)     The Commissioner must not grant a specific purchase authority to a person unless the person is:

        (a)     the holder of an approval to purchase and possess a prohibited weapon or body armour of the type to which the authority is to relate; or

        (b)     exempt under section 12 from compliance with section 6 in relation to the purchase and possession of prohibited weapons or body armour generally or a prohibited weapon or body armour of the type to which the authority is to relate.

    (9)     The Commissioner may refuse to grant a specific purchase authority to a person if the Commissioner:

        (a)     has reasonable cause to believe that the person has, in relation to his or her application for the authority, failed to supply material information or has supplied information that is false or misleading; or

        (b)     is satisfied that it is not in the public interest to do so.



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