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Tonga. 1968 ‘Possession of Arms and Ammunition Prohibited Except Under Licence.’ Chapter 39. Arms and Ammunition Act, 1968 [1988 Revised Edition]; Section 4 (Part III). Nuku'alofa: Legislative Assembly. 29 November

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4. Possession of Arms and Ammunition Prohibited Except Under Licence

(1) No person shall possess, use or carry any arm or ammunition except under a licence in respect of each arm and such ammunition so possessed, used or carried and in accordance with the prescribed conditions of such licence.

(2) Any person who shall possess, use or carry any arm or ammunition without such licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction in respect of every such arm or the total amount of ammunition so possessed, used or carried
(a) if the offence was committed in a prohibited area, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years;
(b) if the offence was committed elsewhere, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.

(3) Any person who shall possess, use or carry any arm or ammunition otherwise than in accordance with the prescribed conditions of such licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years.

(4) The following persons shall be exempt from the operation of this section to the extent specified:
(a) any member of the police or military forces of the Kingdom or any person employed in the Prison Department or Customs and Excise Department in respect of any arm or ammunition possessed, used or carried in the course of his lawful duties;
(b) the crew and passengers of any vessel, other than a vessel solely engaged in carrying goods or passengers within the limits of the Kingdom, in respect of arms or ammunition which are part of the ordinary armament of such vessel or which are in or upon such vessel and required for the service thereof;
(c) any public officer specifically exempted in writing from the operation of this section by Cabinet in respect of the arms or ammunition specified in the exemption;
(d) a licensed arms dealer and his servants in respect of arms or ammunition in their possession in the ordinary course of business of such licensed arms dealer.

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