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Bahamas. 1969 ‘Penalty for Purchasing or Possessing a Gun Without a Licence.’ Firearms Act, Chapter 213, 1969; Part IV (Section 15). Nassau: Government of the Bahamas. 17 July

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Penalty for Purchasing or Possessing a Gun Without a Licence

15. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, no person shall purchase, acquire or have in his possession, use or carry any gun unless he holds a licence therefor in force at the time.

[This Part of this Act applies to -
(a) smooth bore guns; whether single or double barrelled having such barrel or barrels not less than twenty inches in length; and
(b) air guns, air rifles or air pistols not being of a type prescribed by the rules made under the provisions of section 47 of this Act to be specially dangerous;
any such weapon being hereinafter in this Part of this Act referred to as a "gun".]

(2) Any person who purchases, acquires or has in his possession, uses or carries a gun without a licence therefor shall on summary conviction before a Stipendiary and Circuit magistrate be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not less than two years but not exceeding five years and shall be liable to a fine of ten thousand dollars:
Provided that where the court is satisfied that such person was the holder of a gun licence granted under this Part and did not renew such gun licence during the period specified in the proviso to subsection (3) of section 16, or during the period of six months next following that period, the court may, in lieu of passing a sentence of imprisonment, impose on such person a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars.

(3) If such gun is proved to be the property of some person other than the person in whose possession it is found, or who carries or uses it, such person shall also be liable on summary conviction to the same punishment unless he proves that he holds a gun licence and that the person in whose possession the gun was found had such gun in his possession or carried or used it without the knowledge or against the consent of such other person.

(4) Where a gun is carried in parts by two or more persons in company, each and every one of such persons shall be deemed to carry the gun.

ID: Q3132

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