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Capie, David. 2003 ‘Legislation and enforcement: Age restrictions.’ Under the Gun: The small arms challenge in the Pacific, p. 34. Wellington: Victoria University Press. 1 January

Relevant contents

The age at which a person may lawfully own or possess a firearm in the Pacific varies between 16 and 21.

In the Federated States of Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Tuvalu, a firearms license cannot be issued until he or she is at least 21 years old. (66)

In Niue, PNG, and Vanuatu the minimum age is 18. (67)

In Samoa, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 16 to possess any firearm, ammunition or explosive.(68)

In the Cook Islands, it is an offence for any person under the age of 16 to use or carry in his possession' any firearm or any kind of ammunition for a firearm'. (69)

It is also a crime to sell or supply any person under 16 with 'firearms, or any kind of ammunition for a firearm'. (70)

Sources cited:

66) Title 11 of the Federated States of Micronesia Code, section 1206 (1); Solomon Islands, Firearms and Ammunition Act, [1968] s. 27 (2); Fiji, Arms and Ammunition Act, [1977] s.28 (2); Tonga, Arms and Ammunition Act, [1988] s.27 (2); Tuvalu, Arms and Ammunition Act [1978] s.23 (2)

67) Niue, Arms Act [1975], s.5 (2); Papua New Guinea, Firearms Act [1983], s.9 (1)(a)

68) Arms Ordinance [1960] s.8 (2)

69) Arms Ordinance [1954] s.19 (2)

70) Arms Ordinance [1954] s. 19(1)

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