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Kenya. 1954 ‘Importation and Exportation of Firearms and Ammunition.’ Firearms Act, Chapter 114; Section 27. Nairobi: Republic of Kenya. 1 January

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Importation and Exportation of Firearms and Ammunition

27.(1) No person shall import or export any firearm or ammunition save under and in accordance with the terms of an import or export permit issued by an authorized officer:

Provided that where any firearm or ammunition, not being a firearm or ammunition the importation of which is for the time being prohibited under subsection (2), is imported for the personal use of the owner thereof but without an import permit under this section having been previously obtained authorizing the importation thereof, the importation shall not be deemed to contravene the provisions of this section if the firearm or ammunition on importation is left in customs control until an import permit under this section is obtained in respect of the importation thereof.

(2) No person shall import or export any firearm or ammunition, or any firearm or ammunition of a class or type, of which the importation or exportation is for the time being prohibited by the Minister by order published in the Gazette.

(3) Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than seven years and not more than fifteen years.

(4) An authorized officer may, without assigning any reason therefor, refuse to grant any import or export permit under this section, and shall refuse to grant any such permit authorizing -

(a) the importation or exportation of any arms or munitions of war unless the Minister has sanctioned their importation or exportation; or

(b) the importation or exportation of any firearm or ammunition of which the importation or exportation is for the time being prohibited under subsection (2)…..

(8) For the purposes of this section, "authorized officer" means a police officer or customs officer authorized by the Commissioner of Police in writing to grant import and export permits under this section or a licensing officer appointed under section 3.

(9) In this section, "firearm" includes safety, toy and alarm pistols and rifles which are capable of being converted into, or have the appearance of, lethal barrelled weapons, or which can be used or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or similar thing, and "ammunition" means ammunition to which Part II applies.

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