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Fiji. 2003 ‘Preliminary.’ Arms and Ammunition Act; Part 1 (Section 1). Suva: Office of the Attorney-General. 1 January
BILL NO. 6 OF 2003
A BILL FOR AN ACT TO REGULATE AND CONTROL THE MANUFACTURE, IMPORTATION, EXPORTATION, SALE, POSSESSION, USE AND STORAGE OF ARMS AND AMMUNTION AND FOR RELATED MATTERS
ENACTED by the Parliament of the Fiji Islands:
Part 1: PRELIMINARY
Short title and commencement
1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Arms and Ammunition Act 2003.
(2) This Act comes into force on a date or dates appointed by the Minister by notice in the Gazette.
1.1 The Bill seeks to repeal and replace the Arms and Ammunition Act (Cap. 188), as a result of a review conducted by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 1997.
1.2 The review was undertaken in response to an increase in the illegal use of arms, explosives and dangerous devices in the Fiji Islands. The problems of the Arms and Ammunition Act (Cap. 188) as identified by the Review are:
(a) it fails to specify the conditions for the use and storage of arms and ammunition;
(b) it fails to clearly specify the actions which constitute an offence; and
(c) there is considerable overlap of authority between the Minister and the Commissioner of Police.
1.3 The Arms and Ammunition Bill introduces the following matters:
(a) the rules for the acquisition, selling and importation of arms and ammunition;
(b) the competency standards for holders arms;
(c) the authority of the Minister and the Commissioner of Police to grant permits relating to (d)the acquisition of and sale of arms and ammunition;
(e) for deterrent effect, the substantial increases in penalties for offences created.