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THE ARMS ACT, 1878

(ACT NO. XI OF 1878).
  Part No : Chapter No : Section No: [ 15th March, 1878  
  
     1 An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to Arms, Ammunition and Military Stores.
 
Preamble
    WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to arms, ammunition and military stores; It is enacted as follows:-
 
CONTENTS
 
SECTIONS
 
CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title Local extent
Savings
2. Commencement
3. [Repealed]
4. Interpretation-clause
4. Interpretation-clause
CHAPTER II
MANUFACTURE, CONVERSION AND SALE
5. Unlicensed manufacture, conversion and sale prohibited
CHAPTER III
IMPORT, EXPORT AND TRANSPORT
6. Unlicensed importation and exportation prohibited
Importation and exportation of arms and ammunition for private use
7. Sanction of Government required to warehousing of arms, etc.
8. [Repealed]
9. [Repealed]
10. Power to prohibit transport
Transshipment of arms
11. Power to establish searching stations
12. Arrest of persons conveying arms, etc., under suspicious circumstances
Procedure where arrest made by person not Magistrate or Police-officer
CHAPTER IV
GOING ARMED AND POSSESSING ARMS, ETC.
13. Prohibition of going armed without license
14. Unlicensed possession of fire-arms, etc.
15. Possession of arms of any description without license prohibited in certain places
16. In certain cases arms to be deposited at police-stations or with licensed dealers
CHAPTER V
LICENSES
17. Power to make rules as to licenses
17A. Restriction on movement with arms
18. Canceling and suspension of license
CHAPTER VI
PENALTIES
19. For breach of sections 5, 6, 10, 13 to 17
19A. For breaches of sections 6, 13, 14 and 15 in respect of certain arms
20. For secret breaches of sections 5, 6, 10, 14 and 15
For concealing arms, etc.
20A. Enhanced punishment in certain cases
21. For breach of license
22. For knowingly purchasing arms, etc., from unlicensed person For delivering arms, etc., to person not authorized to possess them
23. Penalty for breach of rule
24. Power to confiscate.
CHAPTER VII
MISCELLANEOUS
25. Search and seizure by Magistrate
26. Seizure and detention by Government
27. Power to exempt
28. Information to be given regarding offences
29. [Omitted]
30. Searches in the case of offences against section 19, clause (f), how conducted
30A. Opinion of arms and ammunition expert not necessary
30B. Time limit for completion of investigation
31. Operation of other laws not barred
32. Power to take census of fire-arms
33. Notice and limitation of proceedings
 
 

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