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Bahamas. 1969 ‘Register of Transactions in Firearms.’ Firearms Act, Chapter 213, 1969; Part V (Section 26). Nassau: Government of the Bahamas. 17 July

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Register of Transactions in Firearms

26. (1) Every person who by way of trade or business manufactures, sells or transfers firearms or ammunition shall provide and keep a register of transactions and shall enter or cause to be entered therein the particulars set out in the First Schedule to this Act.

(2) Every such entry shall be made within twenty-four hours after the transaction to which it relates took place, and, in the case of a sale or transfer, every such person as aforesaid shall at the time of the transaction require the purchaser or transferee, if not known to him, to produce a certificate together with sufficient proof of identity authorising him to purchase or acquire such firearm or ammunition or to satisfy him that he is otherwise authorised under the provisions of this Act to purchase and acquire the same, and shall immediately enter such particulars in the register.

(3) Every such person as aforesaid shall on demand allow any peace officer, duly authorised in writing in that behalf by the Commissioner, to enter and inspect all stock in hand, and shall on request -
(a) by any peace officer duly authorised in writing in that behalf by the Commissioner; or
(b) by an officer of the customs duly authorised in that behalf by the Comptroller of Customs, produce for inspection the register so required to be kept as aforesaid:
Provided that in each case where a written authority is required by this subsection, the authority shall be produced on demand.

(4) Every registered firearms dealer shall, on the thirty-first day of March and the thirtieth day of September in every year, submit to the Commissioner a written return specifying -
(a) the quantities and description of all firearms and ammunition sold or transferred by him within the preceding six months, together with the names and addresses of the transferees; and
(b) the quantities and description of firearms and ammunition remaining for sale or transfer as part of his stock-in-trade at that date.

(5) If any person -
(a) fails to comply with any of the provisions of this section; or
(b) knowingly makes any false entry in the register required to be kept under this section, he shall, for each offence, be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for six months or to a fine of one hundred and fifty dollars or to both such imprisonment and fine.

(6) Nothing in this section shall apply to the sale of firearms or ammunition by auction in accordance with the terms of a permit issued under the proviso to subsection (1) of section 22 of this Act.

(7) The Minister may, by rules under this Act, vary or add to the First Schedule to this Act and references in this Act to that Schedule shall be construed as references to the Schedule as for the time being varied or added to.

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