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South Australia. 1977 ‘Duty to Register Firearms.’ Firearms Act 1977 (Version: 7.2.2014); Section 23 (Part 4). Adelaide: Parliament of South Australia. 12 May

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23. Duty to register firearms

(1) A person who has possession of any unregistered firearm is guilty of an offence.

(2) It is a defence to a charge of an offence under subsection (1) if the defendant proves that the firearm came into his or her possession not more than fourteen days before the alleged date of the offence and that it was not reasonably practicable in the circumstances for the firearm to be registered by the time of the alleged offence.

(3) The owner of a firearm that is not registered in the name of the owner is guilty of an offence.

(4) It is a defence to a charge of an offence under subsection (3) if the defendant proves that ownership of the firearm passed to him or her not more than 14 days before the alleged date of the offence and that it was not reasonably practicable in the circumstances for the firearm to be registered in his or her name by the time of the alleged offence.

(5) The maximum penalty for an offence against this section is as follows:
(a) where the firearm is a prescribed firearm or a class C, D or H firearm - $10 000 or imprisonment for two years;
(b) where the firearm is any other kind of firearm - $5 000 or imprisonment for one year.

ID: Q2895

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