(1) Subsection (2) applies to a prohibited weapon, controlled weapon, offensive weapon or body armour that has been seized by a police officer in relation to an alleged offence by a person against this Act.
(2) The Commissioner must return a weapon or body armour to which this subsection applies to the person from whom it was seized or, if the lawful owner is known to be another person, the lawful owner if:
(a) proceedings for the alleged offence are not commenced within 6 months after the seizure; or
(b) a decision is made within 6 months after the seizure not to bring proceedings for the alleged offence.
(3) Subsection (2) does not apply to a prohibited weapon or body armour unless there is in force an exemption under section 12, or an approval, authorising the person to whom under that subsection the weapon or body armour is required to be returned to possess the prohibited weapon or body armour.