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Papua New Guinea. 1978 ‘Interpretation.’ Firearms Act (1978); Section 2. Port Moresby: National Parliament. 1 January

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Interpretation

"air-rifle" means a firearm of any kind, whether rifled or not, which is capable of propelling a projectile of any kind by means of compressed air or gas the force of which is released by means of a trigger or similar device;

"firearm" includes —
(a) an air-rifle or other kind of rifle or gun from which a shot, bullet or other missile, or irritant liquid, gas or powder or other substance capable of causing bodily harm, can be discharged; and
(b) a rifle or gun from which for the time being any such missile or substance cannot be discharged because of —
(i) the absence or defect of one or more of its parts; or
(ii) some obstruction in the rifle or gun,
but which, if the part or parts were replaced, renewed or repaired, or the obstruction removed, would be capable of discharging;

"high-powered firearm" means any firearm other than —
(a) a pistol; or
(b) a smooth-bore shot-gun; or
(c) an air-rifle not being one of a prescribed class of air-rifles;

"machine gun" means a firearm which is so constructed, or can be so adapted, that, if pressure is applied to the trigger or other like appliance attached to the firearm, shots, bullets or other missiles are automatically discharged from the firearm in succession and continue to be so discharged until the pressure is removed from the trigger or other appliance or the magazine containing the cartridges is empty, and, without affecting the generality of that meaning, includes —
(a) a firearm which is commonly known as a machine gun, a sub-machine gun, a tommy gun, a machine rifle or a machine pistol; and
(b) a firearm so known from which, for the time being, shots, bullets or other missiles cannot be so discharged because of —
(i) the absence or defect of some part or parts of the firearm; or
(ii) some obstruction in the firearm,
but which, if the part or parts were renewed, replaced, or repaired, or the obstruction removed, would again be capable of discharging shots, bullets or missiles;

"pistol" means a firearm designed or capable of being fired from one hand and reasonably capable of being concealed on or about a person;

"substantial reason", in relation to requiring a firearm, includes —
(a) use in a club approved under Section 32; and
(b) protection of life and property; and
(c) under-water hunting; and
(d) veterinary purposes; and
(e) scientific research; and
(f) commercial hunting; and
(g) slaughter or destruction of stock; and
(h) sporting purposes; and
(i) subsistence hunting; and
(j) any other purpose approved by the Registrar;

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