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South Australia. 1977 ‘Identification of Firearms.’ Firearms Act 1977 (Version: 7.2.2014); Section 24A (Part 4). Adelaide: Parliament of South Australia. 12 May

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24A. Identification of firearms

(1) Subject to this section, all firearms that are required to be registered under this Act must have stamped or engraved into part of the metal structure of the firearm a number, or a number preceded or followed by a letter or letters, for the purposes of identification.

(2) The identification must be on the outside surface of the firearm where it can be easily seen and must, if possible, be on the receiver of the firearm.

(3) At least four characters must comprise the number or the combination of numbers and letters.

(4) The characters must be at least two millimetres in height and must be stamped to form an indentation to a depth, or be engraved to a depth, of at least 0.5 millimetres.

(5) Where a firearm that is produced for registration does not comply with this section, the Registrar must allocate a number, or numbers and letters, to the firearm and the owner of the firearm must produce the firearm to a police officer within 14 days with the identification stamped or engraved on the firearm in accordance with this section.

Maximum penalty:

Where the firearm is a prescribed firearm or a class C, D or H firearm - $10 000 or imprisonment for two years.
Where the firearm is any other kind of firearm - $5 000 or imprisonment for one year.

(6) This section does not apply to a firearm of historical, archaeological or cultural value if —
(a) to stamp or engrave a number on the firearm would reduce its value; and
(b) the Registrar is satisfied that it can be identified in some other way.

(7) A person who —
(a) defaces, alters or removes the identifying characters of a firearm without the authority of the Registrar; or
(b) has possession of a firearm that does not have identifying characters as required under this section or the identifying characters of which have been defaced or altered without the authority of the Registrar, is guilty of an offence.

Maximum penalty:
(a) if the firearm is a prescribed firearm or a class C, D or H firearm - $35 000 or imprisonment for 7 years;
(b) if the firearm is any other kind of firearm - $20 000 or imprisonment for 4 years.

ID: Q2897

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