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The purpose of the Firearms Act (Jamaica, 1967 and amendments) is to control all aspects pertaining to firearms and ammunition. Under the present Act, individuals are permitted to own and use firearms and ammunition but they must have the requisite licence.

The objective of the Firearms Act is to control the manufacture, sale, purchase, importation, exportation, trans-shipment, disposal, possession and use of firearms and ammunition. The Act prescribes the various regulating authorities, the definition of a firearm, by whom, how and where a firearm may be legally possessed, the various fees applicable, and the various penalties for breaches.

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Appropriate Fees and Validity of Licence, Section 44

Appropriate Fees and Validity of Licence, Section 44

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Definition of Firearm, Section 1

Definition of Firearm, Section 1

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Establishment of Authority

Establishment of Authority

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Establishment of Review Board, Section 37A

Establishment of Review Board, Section 37A

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General provisions for the Grant of Firearms Licences, Section 29

General provisions for the Grant of Firearms Licences, Section 29

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Information Required to accompany Application, Section 28

Information Required to accompany Application, Section 28

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Institutions and Instruments Not Applicable to this Act, Section 52

Institutions and Instruments Not Applicable to this Act, Section 52

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Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, Section 20

Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, Section 20

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Possession of Licence, Section 21

Possession of Licence, Section 21

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Power of Police to Require Licence to be Shown, Section 39 & 40

Power of Police to Require Licence to be Shown, Section 39 & 40

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Power of Police to Stop and Search Vehicles, Section 42

Power of Police to Stop and Search Vehicles, Section 42

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Provision for Amendment of Licence by Authority, Section 35

Provision for Amendment of Licence by Authority, Section 35

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Report of Loss or Theft of a Firearm, Section 41

Report of Loss or Theft of a Firearm, Section 41

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Restrictions on Alteration Or Conversion, Section 15

Restrictions on Alteration Or Conversion, Section 15

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Restrictions relating to the Discharge of Firearms, Section 23

Restrictions relating to the Discharge of Firearms, Section 23

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Restrictions to the Carrying of Firearms in Public, Section 22

Restrictions to the Carrying of Firearms in Public, Section 22

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Search Warrants, Section 43

Search Warrants, Section 43

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Special Arrangements for Storage, Section 45

Special Arrangements for Storage, Section 45

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Types of Licenses, Certificates and Permits, Section 27

Types of Licenses, Certificates and Permits, Section 27

  • Treat every firearm as being loaded

    Treat every firearm as being loaded. If it has not been continually in your possession, there is a chance that it may be loaded. If you have not personally checked it, assume that it is loaded.
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