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The Firearms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Firearms dealers and other businesses

Firearms dealers

5.—(1) In Article 34(5) of the principal Order (annual renewal of dealer’s certificate of registration), for the words “on or before 1st January in each year” there shall be substituted the words “on or before the expiration of the period of three years from the grant of the certificate of registration for the time being held by him”.

(2) In Article 39(8) of the principal Order (dealer to surrender his certificate of registration on being removed from the register) after the words “surrender his certificate of registration” there shall be inserted the words “and the register of transactions kept by him under Article 42”.

(3) In the Table in Schedule 2 to the principal Order (punishments for offences), in column 2 of the entry relating to Article 39(8), after the words “certificate of registration” there shall (in consequence of paragraph (2)) be inserted the words “or register of transactions”.

Auctioneers, carriers and warehousemen

6.—(1) In Article 10 of the principal Order (exemptions for auctioneers, carriers and warehousemen), after paragraph (1) there shall be inserted the following paragraph—

(1A) An auctioneer, carrier or warehouseman who—

(a)fails to take reasonable precautions for the safe custody of any firearm or ammunition which, by virtue of paragraph (1), he or any servant of his has in his possession without holding a firearm certificate; or

(b)fails to report forthwith to the Chief Constable the loss or theft of any such firearm or ammunition,

shall be guilty of an offence..

(2) In the Table in Schedule 2 to the principal Order (punishments for offences), after the entry relating to Article 7(4) there shall be inserted the following entry—

Failure of auctioneer, carrier or warehouseman to take reasonable precautions for safe custody of firearm or ammunition or failure to report loss or theftSummary6 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale or both.

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