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1(1)A person is guilty of an offence if—N.I.
(a)he uses another to look after, hide or transport a dangerous weapon for him; and
(b)he does so under arrangements or in circumstances that facilitate, or are intended to facilitate, the weapon's being available to him for an unlawful purpose.
(2)For the purposes of this paragraph the cases in which a dangerous weapon is to be regarded as available to a person for an unlawful purpose include any case where—
(a)the weapon is available for him to take possession of it at a time and place; and
(b)his possession of the weapon at that time and place would constitute, or be likely to involve or to lead to, the commission by him of an offence.
(3)In this paragraph “dangerous weapon” means—
(a)a firearm other than an exempt air gun or a component part of, or accessory to, an exempt air gun; or
(b)a weapon to which section 141 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33) or Article 54 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (SI 1996/3160 (NI 24)) applies (specified offensive weapons, knives and bladed weapons).
(4)In sub-paragraph (3)(a) “exempt air gun” means an air gun to which paragraph 9(1) of Schedule 1 of the Firearms Order applies (air guns for which firearm certificate not required).
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