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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION, TRANSFER, IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF UNMARKED PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, POISONOUS OR NOXIOUS GAS OR NOXIOUS SUBSTANCE, ETC.

Part III LICENSING OF GUNS, ARMS AND EXPLOSIVES

Part IIIA LICENSING OF EXPLOSIVE PRECURSORS

Part IIIB GENERAL PROVISIONS ON LICENCES

Part IV OFFENCES

Part V SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST

Part VI MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

FIRST SCHEDULE Detection Agents

SECOND SCHEDULE Explosive Precursors

Legislative History

Comparative Table

 
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PART V
SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST
Search of premises and seizure
27.
—(1)  Where any District Court or Magistrate’s Court has reason to believe that any person —
(a)
has in his possession any guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors without a licence, or in contravention of the conditions upon which any licence is issued, or for any unlawful purpose; or
(b)
cannot, in the judgment of the court, be left in possession of any guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors without danger to the public peace,
the court may, by warrant directed to any police officer, authorise the police officer, by day or by night —
(i)
to enter and search the premises occupied by the person, or any premises where the court has reason to believe the guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors are to be found;
(ii)
to seize and detain the guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors; and
(iii)
to arrest any person found on the premises whom the police officer has reason to suspect to have committed any offence under this Act.
(2)  Any person who, upon a search being made under this section, having in his possession or under his control any guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors, or knowing where the guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors are concealed —
(a)
refuses to produce or point them out to the person making the search; or
(b)
intentionally conceals those guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years and to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
Search for arms, etc.
28.
—(1)  The Licensing Officer may authorise, by writing —
(a)
any police officer to search any house for any guns, arms, explosives, explosive precursors or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance; and
(b)
the police officer to require any person to produce his licence for the possession of guns, arms, explosives, explosive precursors or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance, and to produce or account for the things covered thereby.
[21/73; 30/2002]
(2)  Any person who fails to give a satisfactory account to the police officer for any guns, arms, explosives, explosive precursors or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance in his possession or under his control during the existence or after the expiry, suspension or cancellation of a licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[30/2002]
Search of vessels or aircraft
29.
—(1)  If any vessel or aircraft that is in or that is about to leave any port or airport of Singapore —
(a)
is suspected of having on board any article, the exportation or removal of which is absolutely prohibited by a notification issued under this Act, and which is not exempted by this Act or by any licence issued under this Act;
(b)
bound for any particular country, territory or place, is suspected of having on board any article the exportation of which to that country, territory or place is so prohibited, and which is not so exempted;
(c)
is suspected of having on board any article which is intended to be exported or removed contrary to this Act; or
(d)
is suspected of having on board any guns, arms, explosives, explosive precursors or naval or military stores for the exportation of which no licence has been issued,
the Port Master, the Licensing Officer, the Commander, Airport Police or the Commander, Police Coast Guard may issue a search warrant directed to any boarding officer or any police officer named or referred to in the warrant.
[30/2002]
(2)  In the execution of the warrant, any person to whom the warrant is directed may —
(a)
board any vessel or aircraft named or described in the warrant either with or without assistants;
(b)
forcibly enter every part of that vessel or aircraft; and
(c)
arrest any person reasonably suspected of being guilty of an offence under this Act.
(3)  The Port Master, the Licensing Officer, the Commander, Airport Police or the Commander, Police Coast Guard may himself do what he may authorise a police officer to do under this section in either of the following cases:
(a)
if he has personal knowledge of such facts as satisfy him that there are sufficient grounds for a search;
(b)
if he receives information orally and either on oath or not on oath in such circumstances that the object of a search would in his opinion be defeated by the delay necessary for reducing the information to writing provided that the name and address of the person giving the information is known to or ascertained by him before he acts upon the information.
[30/2002]
(4)  If, upon any search made under this section —
(a)
any article, the exportation or removal of which is absolutely prohibited by any notification issued under this Act, and which is not exempted by this Act or by any licence issued under this Act, is found on board any vessel or aircraft about to leave any port or airport of Singapore;
(b)
any article, the exportation of which to any particular country, territory or place is prohibited by any such notification, and which is not so exempted, is found on board any vessel or aircraft about to leave any port or airport of Singapore for that country, territory or place; or
(c)
any article, for the exportation of which a licence is required by this Act, is found on board any vessel or aircraft about to leave any port or airport of Singapore,
it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proved, that the article was attempted to be exported or removed contrary to this Act, or that the article was attempted to be exported without a licence, as the case may be, and that vessel or aircraft may be detained for the purpose of removing that article therefrom, and the article may be removed.
[30/2002]
(5)  In this section, “Commander, Airport Police” and “Commander, Police Coast Guard” mean the persons designated by the Commissioner of Police as such.
[30/2002]
Persons conveying arms, etc., may be apprehended without warrant in suspicious circumstances
30.
—(1)  If any person is found carrying or conveying any guns, arms, naval or military stores, explosives or explosive precursors in such a manner or under such circumstances as to afford reasonable grounds for suspicion that they may be used for any unlawful purpose dangerous to the public peace, any person may without warrant apprehend the person so found and detain him in custody.
(2)  Any person who is apprehended by a person not being a police officer shall be immediately taken to the nearest or other police station or be handed over to a police officer.
Power to arrest without warrant persons committing dangerous offences
31.  Any person who is found committing any act, for which he is punishable under this Act, which tends to cause explosion or fire in or about any place where an explosive or explosive precursor is manufactured or stored, or any railway, port or airport or any carriage, vessel or aircraft, may be apprehended without a warrant by —
(a)
a police officer;
(b)
the occupier of or the agent or employee of or other person authorised by the occupier of that place; or
(c)
an agent or employee of or other person authorised by the railway administration or the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
[7/96; 30/2002]
Arrest by police officer without warrant
32.  Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person found committing or attempting to commit or employing, aiding or assisting any person to commit an offence under section 10, 11, 13, 21A, 21D, 22, 24, 25, 26, 40(2) or 30.
Persons arrested to be taken to police station
33.  Any person arrested by virtue of any power given under this Act shall, together with any article as to which any offence may have been committed or attempted to have been committed, be taken to a police station, and conveyed, as soon as possible, before a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court to be dealt with according to law.
Power to stop and search for arms, explosives or explosive precursors in street
34.  It shall be lawful for any police officer to stop, and to search for arms, explosives or explosive precursors, any person whom he may find in any street or other public place, at any hour of the day or night, who acts in a suspicious manner, or whom he may suspect of having any arms, explosives or explosive precursors in his possession.
Presumption
35.  Every person who is proved to have had in his possession or under his control anything whatever containing any guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to have been in possession of those guns, arms, explosives or explosive precursors.