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Bahamas. 1969 ‘Prohibited Weapons and Ammunition.’ Firearms Act, Chapter 213, 1969; Part VI (Section 30). Nassau: Government of the Bahamas. 17 July

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Prohibited Weapons and Ammunition

30. (1) It shall not be lawful for any person without the express written authority of the Licensing Authority to manufacture, sell, transfer, purchase, acquire or have in his possession -
(a) any firearm which is so designed or constructed as to discharge any explosive matter; or
(b) any firearm which is so designed or adapted that, if pressure is applied to the trigger, missiles continue to be discharged until the pressure is removed from the trigger or the magazine containing the missiles is empty; or
(c) any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious or inflammable liquid, gas or other thing; or
(d) any ammunition containing or designed or adapted to contain any such noxious or inflammable thing;
(e) any firearm which is of a class declared by the Licensing Authority by order to be a prohibited class of firearms for the purposes of this section.

(2) If any person contravenes the provisions of subsection (1) he shall be liable -
(a) on conviction on information to imprisonment for a term of twenty years;
(b) on summary conviction before a Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate to imprisonment for a term of five years;
and in addition to a fine of ten thousand dollars.

(3) Where the Licensing Authority is satisfied, on the application of a person in charge of a theatrical performance, that such firearm as is mentioned in paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section is required for the purpose of the performance, he may, if he thinks fit, not only authorise that person to have possession of the firearm but also authorise such other persons, as he may select, to have possession thereof while taking part in the performance. In this subsection the expression "theatrical performance" includes a rehearsal of such a performance and the production of a cinematographic film.

(4) Any written authority given to any person under this section shall be subject to such conditions as may be specified therein, and if that person fails to comply with any such conditions he shall for each offence be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for three months or to a fine of one hundred and fifty dollars or to both such imprisonment and fine.

(5) The Licensing Authority may at any time, if he thinks fit, revoke the authority given by him to any person under this section by notice in writing requiring that person to deliver up the authority to such persons as may be specified in the notice within twenty-one days from the date of the notice, and if that person fails to comply with that requirement he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of seventy-five dollars.

(6) The foregoing provisions of this section shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any other provisions of this Act, but -
(a) the Commissioner shall not refuse to grant or renew, and shall not revoke, a firearm certificate in respect of a prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition if the applicant is for the time being authorised by the Licensing Authority to have possession of that weapon or ammunition; and
(b) the Commissioner shall not refuse to enter in the register of firearms dealers the name of a person for the time being authorised to manufacture, sell or transfer a prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition, or remove the name of such person from the register, save on the ground that he cannot be permitted to carry on, or to continue to carry on business as a firearms dealer without danger to the public safety or to the peace; and
where any authority to purchase, acquire or have possession of a prohibited weapon or prohibited ammunition is revoked under this section the firearm certificate relating to that weapon or ammunition shall be revoked or varied accordingly by the Commissioner.

ID: Q3139

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