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Samoa. 1960 ‘Registration of Firearms.’ The Arms Ordinance 1960 [Consolidated Law as at 31 December 2007]; Section 9. Apia: Attorney General of Samoa. 11 August

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9. Registration of Firearms

(1) It shall not be lawful for any person other than a licensed dealer to be in possession of any firearm for a period longer than 7 days unless he or she is registered as the owner thereof under this section.

(2) Registration under this section shall be effected by paying the fee prescribed in the First Schedule and obtaining a certificate of registration from the Arms Officer.

(3) The Arms Officer may, before issuing a certificate of registration, require the firearm to be produced for his or her inspection, and may refuse to issue a certificate if he or she considers that the firearm is in an unsafe condition, and may, if he or she considers the firearm to be a danger to the public, confiscate such firearm.

(4) A certificate of registration may, in the discretion of the Arms Officer, include the name of any employee or of any member of the family of the owner who has attained the age of 16 years, and, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Ordinance, any person whose name is for the time being included in a certificate as aforesaid may be given lawful possession of the firearm….

(7) Every certificate of registration issued pursuant to this section shall expire on the 31st day of March next following the issue thereof and may be renewed by application made to a member of Police and on payment of the prescribed fee. Such application shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed by the Arms Officer….

(11) Every person who commits a breach of this section is guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to a fine not exceeding 50 penalty units, or to both such fine and imprisonment In any prosecution for such an offence, if the defendant is proved to have been in possession of the firearm, the burden of proving that he or she was the holder of a valid certificate of registration in respect thereof as aforesaid, or that he or she has not been in possession thereof for more than 7 days, or that he or she was lawfully in possession thereof pursuant to this section, shall lie on the defendant.

ID: Q5033

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