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South Australia. 1977 ‘Interpretation.’ Firearms Act 1977 (Version: 7.2.2014); Section 5 (Part 1). Adelaide: Parliament of South Australia. 12 May

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5. Interpretation

(1) In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears —

automatic firearm means a firearm that is designed to fire a round when the trigger is brought to the firing position and to continue to fire one or more rounds automatically while the trigger is held in that position;

firearm means —
(a) a device designed to be carried by hand and to fire shot, bullets or other projectiles by means of burning propellant or by means of compressed air or other compressed gas; or
(c) a device of a kind declared by regulation to be a firearm for the purposes of this Act,and includes a receiver of a firearm and any device which, if in working order, would be a firearm within the meaning of this definition (except such a device that has been rendered unusable in a manner stipulated in the regulations or by the Registrar) but does not include an antique firearm, or a device of a kind excluded by regulation from the provisions of this Act;

handgun means a firearm the barrel of which is less than 400 millimetres in length and that is designed or adapted for aiming and firing from the hand and is reasonably capable of being carried concealed about the person and includes a receiver of such a firearm;

self-loading firearm means —
(a) a firearm that is designed to fire a round when the trigger is brought to the firing position and to continue to fire one or more rounds by releasing the trigger and returning it to the firing position to fire each additional round; but
(b) does not include a double barrel shotgun that is not designed to hold additional rounds in a magazine;

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