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WEAPONS CONTROL ACT - SECT 7

Controlled weapons – general

    (1)     A person must not, without lawful excuse, proof of which is on the person, possess, carry or use a controlled weapon in a public place or school.

Maximum penalty:     If the offender is an individual – 200 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months.

    If the offender is a body corporate – 1 000 penalty units.

    (2)     A person must not carry a controlled weapon except in a safe and secure manner consistent with the reason for which it is possessed, carried or is to be used.

Maximum penalty:     If the offender is an individual – 200 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months.

    If the offender is a body corporate – 1 000 penalty units.

    (2A)     Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply to a person under 18 years of age and who possesses, carries or uses a weapon mentioned in section 11A.

    (3)     Despite subsections (1) and (2), if a person is found guilty of an offence against subsection (1) or (2) committed at night-time, the person is liable to a maximum penalty of twice the penalty specified in subsection (1) or (2).

    (4)     In this section, "lawful excuse" includes:

        (a)     the pursuit of a lawful employment or lawful duty; and

        (b)     participation in a lawful sport, lawful recreation, lawful entertainment or lawful activity; and

        (c)     the legitimate collection, legitimate display or legitimate exhibition of weapons;

but does not include for the purpose of self-defence.

    (5)     In considering whether a person has a lawful excuse to possess, carry or use a controlled weapon, the court must have regard to the circumstances (including the time and location) of the incident.



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