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Jamaica. 1967 ‘Possession of Firearms and Ammunition.’ Firearms Act 1967 Regulation, Act 23 of 2010; Part IV (Article 20), pp. 22-27. Kingston: Parliament of Jamaica. 16 March

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Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

20.(1) A person shall not –

(a) save as authorised by a licence which continues in force by virtue of any enactment, be in possession of a prohibited weapon; or
(b) subject to subsection (2), be in possession of any other firearm or ammunition except under and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a Firearm User's Licence.

(2) Subsection (1), except in so far as it relates to a prohibited weapon, shall not apply -

(a) to any holder of a Firearm Manufacturer's Licence or a Firearm Dealer's Licence in respect of any firearm or ammunition manufactured by him or forming part of his stock in trade as a firearm manufacturer or a firearm dealer;…
(j) to any person to whom this paragraph relates in respect of the possession by him of any firearm or ammunition under and in accordance with the terms of a certificate issued to him in respect thereof by the Authority.

(3) The persons to whom paragraph (j) of subsection (2) relates are -

(a) any person taking part in a theatrical performance or any rehearsal thereof, or in the production of a cinematograph or television film;
(b) any person present at an athletic meeting for the purpose of starting races at that meeting;
(c) any person conducting or carrying on a miniature rifle range (whether for a rifle club or otherwise) or shooting gallery, in respect of miniature rifles not exceeding 0.23 calibre and ammunition therefor used at such rifle range or shooting gallery;
(d) any other person prescribed under section 48.

(4) Every person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence, and shall be liable-

(a) if the offence relates to the possession of a prohibited weapon -
(i) on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding five years;
(ii) on conviction before a Circuit Court to imprisonment for life with or without hard labour;

(b) if such person is a restricted person1 2 or if the offence relates to the possession of a restricted weapon or restricted ammunition-
(i) on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding five years; or
(ii) on conviction before a Circuit Court to imprisonment for life with or without hard labour; and

(c) in any other case-
(i) on summary conviction before a Resident Magistrate to a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand dollars or to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not exceeding three years; or
(ii) on conviction before a Circuit Court to imprisonment for life with or without hard labour…

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