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Cross, Peter, Rick de Caris, Ettienne Hennop and Angus Urquhart. 2003 ‘Type of Weapon - Botswana.’ The Law of the Gun: An Audit of Firearms Control Legislation in the SADC Region, pp. 15-16. London: SaferAfrica and Saferworld. 1 June

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Arms and Ammunition Act, 1981

Art. 23
(1) It shall not be lawful for any person, other than a person in the service of the State in his capacity as such or a person authorized in writing in that behalf by the Minister, or a person of a class for the time being authorized in that behalf by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette, to sell, transfer, purchase, acquire, or have in his possession

(a) any arms which are so designed or adapted that, if pressure is applied to the trigger, missiles continue to be discharged until pressure is removed from the trigger or the magazine containing the missiles is empty;…
(c) any ammunition containing, or designed or adapted to contain, any noxious liquid, gas or similar thing referred to in paragraph (b); or
(d) any arms or ammunition or type of class thereof specified by the Minister by order published in the Gazette.

(2) Any person who contravenes any provision of subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding P3000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years, or to both.

(3) An authority given under this section shall be subject to such conditions as may be specified therein, and, if any person so authorized fails to comply with any of those conditions, he shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding P500 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or to both.

(4) The Minister may at any time, if he thinks fit, revoke any individual authority given by him to any person under this section by notice in writing requiring that person to deliver up the authority to such other person as may be specified in the notice within 14 days from the date of the notice, and if that person without reasonable cause, proof of which shall lie upon him, fails to comply with that requirement he shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction thereof shall be liable to a fine not exceeding P500 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or to both.

(5) An authority given by the Minister under this section to any class of persons may at any time be revoked or varied by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette.

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