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THE ARMS ACT, 1959

Title : THE ARMS ACT, 1959

Year : 1959



1*[1) Whoever-

(a) Manufacturers, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests, or proves, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale, transfer, conversion, repair, test or proof, any arms or ammunition in contravention of section 5; or

(b) Shortens the barrel of a firearms or converts an imitation firearm into a firearm in contravention of section 11,

(c) 2 [*****]

(d) Brings into, or takes out of, India, any arms or ammunition of any class or description in contravention of section 11,
Shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

3*[(1A) Whoever acquires, has in his possession or carries any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition in contravention of section 7 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than five years, but which may extend to ten years and shall also be liable to fine.

(1AA) Whoever manufactures, sells, transfers, converts, repairs, tests or proves or exposes or offers for sale or transfer or has in his possession for sale, transfer, conversion, repair, test or proof, any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition in contravention of section 7 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for file and shall also be liable to fine.]

3*[(1AAA)]Whoever has in contravention of a notification issued under section 24A in his possession or in contravention of a notification issued under section 24Bcarries or otherwise has in his possession, any arms or ammunition shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 4*[three years, but which may extend to seven years] shall also be liable to fine.

(1B) Whoever-

(a) Acquires, has in his possession or carries any firearm or ammunition in contravention of section 3;or

(b) Acquires, has in his possession of carries in any place specified by notification under section 4 any arms of such class or description as has been specified in that notification in contravention of that section; or

(c) Sells or transfers any firearm which does not bear the name of the maker, manufacturer's number or other identification mark stamped or otherwise shown thereon as required by sub-section (2) of section 8 or does any act in contravention of sub-section (1) of that section; or

(d) Being a person to whom sub-clause (ii) or sub-clause (iii) of clause (a) of sub-section (iii) of clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 9 applies, acquires, has in his possession or carries any firearm or ammunition in contravention of that section;

(e) Sells or transfers, or converts, repairs, tests or proves any firearm or ammunition in contravention of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of section 9; or

(f) Brings into, or take out of, India, any arm or ammunition in contravention of section 10; or

(g) Transports any arms or ammunition in contravention of section 12; or

(h) Fails to deposit arms or ammunition as required by sub-section (2) of section3, or sub-section (1) of section 21;

(i) Being a manufacturer of, or dealer in, arms or ammunition, fails, on being required to do so by rules made under section 44, to maintain a record or account or to make therein all such entries as are required by such rules or intentionally makes a false entry therein or prevents or obstructs the inspection of such record or account of the making of copies of entries there from or prevents or obstructs the entry into any premises or other place where arms or ammunition are or is manufactured or kept or intentionally fails to exhibit or conceals such arms or ammunition or refuses to point out where the same are or is manufactured or kept; shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 5*[one year] but which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine;

Provided
that the Court may for any adequate and special reason to be recorded in the judgment impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term of less than 6 [one year]

7*[(1C)Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1B), whoever commits an offence punishable under that sub-section in any disturbed area shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

Explanation-For the purposes of this sub-section, "disturbed area" means any area declared to be disturbed area under any enactment, for the time being in force, making provision for the suppression of disorder and restoration and maintenance of public order, and includes any area specified by notification under section 24Aor section 24B.]

(2) Whoever being a person to whom sub-clause (i) of clause (a) of sub-section(1) of section 9 applies, acquires, has in his possession or carries any firearm or ammunition in contravention of that section shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.

7*[(3)Whoever sells or transfers any firearm, ammunition or other arms-

(i) Without informing the district magistrate having jurisdiction or the officer in charge of the nearest police station, of the intended sale or transfer of that firearm, ammunition or other arms; or

(ii) Before the expiration of the period of forty five days from the date of giving such information to such district magistrate or the officer in charge of the police station in contravention of the provisions of clause (a) or clause (b) of the proviso to sub-section (2) of section 5, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine of an amount which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both].

(4) Whoever fails to deliver-up a licence when so required by the licensing authority under sub-section(1) of section 17 for the purpose of varying the conditions specified in the licence of fails to surrender a licence to the appropriate authority under sub-section(10) of that section on its suspension or revocation shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine of an amount which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.

(5) Whoever, when required under section 19 to give his name and address, refuses to give such name and address or gives a name or address which subsequently transpires to be false shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine of an amount which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both.

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1.Substitutedby Act 25 of 1983, section 8 w.e.f. 22-6-1983.

2.Omitted by Act 42 of 1988, section 5 w.e.f. 27-5-1988.

3.Renumbered and inserted, by section 5, by Act 42 of 1988, w.e.f. 27-5-1988

4.Substituted by Act 39 of 1985, section 2 for certain words.

5.Substituted by Act 39 of 1985, section 2 for "six months".

6.Inserted by section 2, by Act 39 of 1985.

7.Substituted by Act 25 of 1983, section 8 w.e.f. 22-6-1983.

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(1) Whoever does any act in contravention of any of the provisions of section 3, 4, 10, or 12 in such manner as to indicate an intention that such act may not be known to any public servant or to any person employed or working upon a railway, aircraft, vessel, vehicle or any other means of conveyance, shall be punishable with imprisonment to seven years and also with fine.

(2) Whoever does any act in contravention of any of the provisions of section 5,6,7 or 11 in such manner as to indicate an intention that such act may not be known to any public servant or to any person employed or working upon a railway, aircraft, vessel, vehicle or any other means of conveyance, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than five years but which may extend to ten years and also with fine.

(3) Whoever on any search being made under section 22 conceals or attempts to conceal any arms or ammunition;
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years, and with fine.]

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1.Substituted by Act 25 of 1983, section 9 w.e.f.22-6-1983

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Whoever uses any arms or ammunition in contravention of section 5 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three years but which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine.

(2) Whoever uses any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition in contravention of section 7 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life and shall also be liable to fine.

(3) Whoever uses any prohibited arms or prohibited ammunition or does any act in contravention of section 7 and such use or act results in the death of any other person, shall be punishable with death.]

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1.Substituted by Act 42 of 1988, section 6 w.e.f. 27-5-1988.

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Whoever makes or attempts to make any use whatsoever of a firearm or an imitation firearm with intent to resist or prevent the lawful arrest or detention of himself or any other person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years,1*[and with fine].

Explanation.- In this section the expression "limitation firearm" has the same meaning as in section 6.

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1. Substituted by Act 25 of 1983, section 10 w.e.f. 22-6-1983.

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Whoever-

(a) Purchases any firearms or any other arms of such class or description as may be prescribed or any ammunition from any other person knowing that such other person is not licensed or authorised under section 5; or

(b) Delivers any arms or ammunition into the possession of another person without previously ascertaining that such other person is entitled by virtue of this Act or any other law for the time being in force to have, and is not prohibited by this Act or such other law from having, in his possession the same, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine of an amount which may extend to1*[three years, or with fine, or with both].

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1. Substituted by section 11, by Act 25 of 1983,  w.e.f. 22-6-1983.

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Whoever contravenes any condition of a licence or any provision of this Act or any rule made there under, for which no punishment is provided elsewhere in this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to1[six months] or with fine which may extend to1*[two thousand] rupees, or with both.

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1. Substituted by Act 25 of 1983, section 12 w.e.f. 22-6-1983.

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Whoever having been convicted of an offence under this Act is again convicted of an offence under this Act shall be punishable with double the penalty provided for the latter offence.



(1) When any person is convicted under this Act of any offence committed by him in respect of any arms or ammunition, it shall be in the discretion of the convicting court further to direct that the whole or any portion of such arms or ammunition, and any vessel, vehicle or other means of conveyance and any receptacle or thing containing, or used to conceal, the arms or ammunition shall be confiscated:

Provided that if the conviction is set aside on appeal or otherwise, the order of confiscation shall become void.
 
(2) An order of confiscation may also be made by the appellate court or by the High Court when exercising its powers of revision.



(1) Whenever an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, or was responsible to the company for the conduct of, the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:

Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section render any such person liable to any punishment under this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge and that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation.-For the purposes of this section,-
 
(a) "Company" means any body corporate, and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and

(b) "Director" in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.


Last updated on June, 2016

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