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Section 65 Firearms Act 1996
Supply, Acquisition and Possession of Ammunition

Section 65 of the Firearms Act 1996 is Supply, Acquisition and Possession of Ammunition and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

(cf APMC 9 (c), 1989 Act s 17)

Note : Provisions such as this section that refer to ammunition for any firearm do not apply to ammunition for anything declared by the regulations not to be a firearm.

(1) A person must not supply or give possession of ammunition for any firearm to another person unless:

(a) the other person is the holder of a licence or permit for a firearm which takes that ammunition, or

(b) the other person is authorised to acquire it by a permit.

(1A) In addition to subsection (1), a licensed firearms dealer must not supply or give possession of ammunition for any firearm to another person unless the firearms dealer has seen:

(a) a licence or permit held by the other person for a firearm which takes that ammunition, or

(b) a permit held by the other person authorising the person to acquire the ammunition.

Note : Section 65A imposes additional requirements for the supply of ammunition by licensed firearms dealers.

(2) A person must not acquire ammunition for any firearm unless the person:

(a) is the holder of a licence or permit for a firearm which takes that ammunition, or

(b) is authorised to acquire it by a permit, and the amount of ammunition that is acquired at any one time does not exceed the amount (if any) prescribed by the regulations.

(3) A person must not possess ammunition for any firearm unless the person:

(a) is the holder of a licence or permit for a firearm which takes that ammunition, or

(b) is authorised to possess it by a permit.

(4) A person is not guilty of an offence under subsection (3) only because of possessing ammunition that is being conveyed or stored in the ordinary course of the person’s duties in the business of a carrier or warehouse operator.

(5) For the purposes of this Act, the ammunition that a firearm “takes” includes any ammunition that can be safely fired in the firearm (whether or not that ammunition has the same calibre designation as the calibre designation of the firearm).

Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units.

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