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Hong Kong. 1999 ‘Tighter Controls on Arms and Ammunition Proposed.’ HKGIS Daily Information Bulletin. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Government Information Service. 15 January

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Tighter Controls on Arms and Ammunition Proposed

Controls on possession and use of arms and ammunition for recreational and sporting purposes are to be tightened in the interest of public safety, according to the Firearms and Ammunition (Amendment) Bill 1999 gazetted today (Friday).

The Bill, approved by the Executive Council for introduction into the Legislative Council on January 27, was proposed after a review of the current licensing policy under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, which regulates the possession of, and dealing in, arms and ammunition…

The Bill makes it mandatory for a member of a shooting club to complete a course on the handling of arms before he can use the club's arms and ammunition if he does not himself hold a possession licence for that particular type of arms and ammunition.

On shooting instructors, the spokesman said: "Only a licensee or his approved agent who is so authorised by the Commissioner of Police (CP) can instruct others in the use of arms and ammunition." At present, any licensee can give such instructions.

Also, licensees will be required to seek the prior approval of the CP for appointing agents to possess or deal in arms and ammunition…

The Bill will also empower the CP to restrict the quantity of arms and ammunition to be covered in a licence for possession. This measure serves to reduce possible threat to public safety resulting from a large number of arms and ammunition being carried in public places or stored at the licensees' premises.

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