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Antigua and Barbuda. 1973 ‘Restrictions Relating to the Discharge of Firearms and Ammunition.’ Laws of Antigua and Barbuda, Chapter 171, The Firearms Act [Act with amendments to 1989]; Part I (Section 11). St John's: Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda. 1 May

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Restrictions Relating to the Discharge of Firearms and Ammunition

11. (1) A person is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of [ten thousand dollars or to imprisonment for two years]* who discharges any firearm or ammunition on or within forty yards of any public road or in any public place, except -
(a) in the lawful protection of his person or property or of the person or property of some other person; or
(b) in the lawful shooting of a trespassing animal; or
(c) under the direction of some civil or military authority authorised to give such direction; or
(d) with the permission of the Commissioner of Police.

(2) A police officer may without warrant enter any premises on which he has reasonable cause to believe an offence under subsection (1) was committed and search for and seize any firearm and ammunition there found which he has reasonable cause to believe were used in such contravention and may retain such firearm or ammunition for so long as may be necessary for the purpose of any investigation in relation thereto, and where such investigation results in legal proceedings against any person for any such offence until such legal proceedings are finally determined.

(3) Nothing in subsection (1) shall apply in the case of the accidental discharge of a firearm or the discharge of a firearm in the case of lawful game shooting.

(4) Where any person is charged with an offence under subsection (1), the burden of proving that the discharge of the firearm or ammunition in respect of which the contravention is alleged to have occurred was accidental or otherwise
a lawful discharge shall lie upon the person asserting the same.

[*Penalty increased from a fine of one thousand dollars, by section 5 of the Law Revision (Miscellaneous) (Amendments) Act 1999]

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