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Papua New Guinea. 1978 ‘Safe Custody.’ Firearms Act (1978); Section 51. Port Moresby: National Parliament. 1 January

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51. Safe Custody

(1) A person who has a firearm in his possession or control must take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safe-keeping of that firearm.
Penalty: A fine not exceeding K1,000.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

(2) A person who, without lawful excuse (proof of which is on him), carries, discharges or uses a firearm --
(a) in an area other than the area; or
(b) for a reason other than the substantial reason; or
(c) otherwise than in accordance with the conditions,
specified in the licence or permit issued in respect of that firearm is guilty of an offence.
Penalty: A fine not exceeding K1,500.00 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months.

(3) Notwithstanding anything in any law in force in the country, a prosecution for an offence against Subsection (1) or (2) may, where the prosecutor is a member of the Police Force, be commenced at any time within 12 months after the commission of the offence.

(4) For the purposes of this section, the secretary of an approved club shall be regarded as having a firearm licensed in the name of that club in his possession or control, unless he proves that some other person had the possession or control of that firearm.

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