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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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Arms and Explosives Act
(CHAPTER 13)

(Original Enactment: Ordinance 9 of 1913)

REVISED EDITION 2003
(31st July 2003)
An Act to regulate the manufacture, use, sale, storage, transport, importation, exportation «and possession of «arms, explosives «and «explosive precursors, to give effect to the Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection concluded in Montreal on 1st March 1991 «and for purposes connected therewith.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
[12th December 1913]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Arms and Explosives Act.
Interpretation
2.
—(1)  In this «Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
«arms” means —
(a)
firearms, air-guns, air-pistols, stun guns, electronic dart guns, automatic guns, automatic pistols, guns or any other kind of gun from which any shot, bullet or other missile can be discharged or noxious fumes or noxious substance can be emitted, «and any component part of any such «arms;
(b)
bayonets, swords, daggers, spears «and spearheads; «and
(c)
such weapon, accessory, or other article or thing, as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, specify to be «arms for the purposes of this «Act or any part thereof;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“authorised military device” means any «explosive manufactured solely for lawful military or police purposes, including but not limited to a shell, bomb, projectile, mine, missile, rocket, shaped charge, grenade or perforater;
“authorised military or police personnel” means —
(a)
any member of the Singapore Armed Forces;
(b)
any member of the Singapore Police Force; or
(c)
any person who performs military functions for the Ministry of Defence or the Singapore Armed Forces;
“authorised person” means any auxiliary police force established under the Police Force «Act (Cap. 235) «and which is authorised by the Licensing Officer to accept the deposit of guns, «arms or explosives under section 19(1) or the deposit of «explosive precursors under section 21B(1);
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“body corporate” includes a limited liability partnership;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“book” includes any record, register, document or other record of information, however compiled, recorded or stored, whether in written or printed form or on microfilm or in any other electronic form or otherwise;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“carriage” includes any carriage, wagon, cart, truck or other vehicle used for the conveyance of goods or passengers by land, in whatever manner the same is propelled or moved;
“deal in” includes repair, sell, keep or expose for sale;
“detection agent” means any of the substances set out in the First Schedule «and which —
(a)
is intended to be used to enhance the detectability of explosives by vapour detection means;
(b)
is introduced into a plastic «explosive during its manufacture in such a manner as to achieve homogeneous distribution in the finished product; «and
(c)
is present in the plastic «explosive in such concentration no less than that specified in the fourth column of that Schedule;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“electronic dart gun” means a portable device which —
(a)
is powered by electricity «and, when switched on, is capable of expelling or projecting a projectile; «and
(b)
upon coming in contact with a person or an animal, is capable of inflicting injury or an electric shock by a high voltage, low amperage charge to such person or animal;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
«explosive”  —
(a)
means gunpowder, nitro-glycerine, dynamite, gun-cotton, blasting powder, fulminate of mercury or of other metals, coloured fires «and every other substance, whether similar to those abovementioned or not, used or manufactured with a view to producing a practical effect by explosion or a pyrotechnic effect;
(b)
includes fog signals, fireworks, fuses, rockets, percussion-caps, detonators, cartridges «and ammunition of all descriptions, «and every adaptation or preparation of an «explosive as above defined; «and
(c)
includes sand crackers, «and any substance declared to be deemed an «explosive by notification under section 10(1)(a);
«explosive precursor” means any substance specified in the Second Schedule;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“gun” includes howitzers, mortars, quick-firing «and machine-guns, «and other guns of a similar nature;
“high explosives” includes, but is not limited to, cyclotetramethylenetetranitramine (HMX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) «and cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX);
“licensed dealer” means a person licensed under this «Act to manufacture or deal in guns or «arms;
“Licensing Officer” means the person appointed by the Minister under section 4 «and includes an Assistant Licensing Officer;
“limited liability partnership” has the same meaning given to it by section 4(1) of the Limited Liability Partnerships «Act 2005 («Act 5 of 2005);
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“manufacture”  —
(a)
in relation to an «explosive, includes the preparation of any component part of the «explosive, the admixture or other treatment of the same, «and the breaking up or unmaking of any «explosive, the process of remaking or making fit for use any damaged «explosive, «and the process of remaking, altering or repairing any «explosive; «and
(b)
in relation to an «explosive precursor, means any process of producing the «explosive precursor, «and includes the refining or remaking of any substance to become an «explosive precursor;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“master” includes every person having command or charge of a vessel other than a pilot of a vessel;
“pilot-in-command” means the pilot designated by the operator or the owner of an aircraft as being in command «and charged with the safe conduct of a flight;
“plastic «explosive” means any «explosive which —
(a)
is formulated with one or more high explosives which in their pure form have vapour pressure of less than 10-4 Pa at a temperature of 25°C;
(b)
is formulated with a binder material; «and
(c)
is, when mixed, malleable or flexible at normal room temperature;
“Port Master” has the same meaning as in the Maritime «and Port Authority of Singapore «Act (Cap. 170A);
“premises” includes messuages, houses, buildings, lands, tenements, easements «and hereditaments of any tenure, whether open or closed, whether built or not, whether public or private, «and whether maintained under statutory authority or not;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“railway administration” means any person or body of persons responsible for the regulation of traffic on any railway;
“stun gun” means a portable device which is powered by electricity «and from which any electric current, discharge, impulse, wave or beam can be emitted «and if directed at a person or an animal, can incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill the person or animal;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
“unmarked plastic «explosive” means any plastic «explosive that does not contain a detection agent;
“vessel” includes any steam or sailing ship, junk, boat, sampan or any kind of craft used for the conveyance of persons or things by water.
[7/96; 22/2000; 30/2002]
(2)  A person shall be deemed to export an article from Singapore to a particular country, territory or place if he takes or sends the article out of Singapore with the intention that it shall ultimately reach that country, territory or place, either directly or indirectly.
(3)  A person shall be deemed to have imported an article into Singapore who, whether as owner, consignee, agent or broker, is in possession of or in any way entitled to the custody or control of the article.
Exemptions from operation of this «Act
3.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (3), nothing in this «Act shall apply to —
(a)
the manufacture, possession, use, storage, sale, transport, importation or exportation, in accordance with the provisions of any rules made under this «Act, of any «explosive or «explosive precursor by order of the Government;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(b)
the manufacture, dealing in, possession, importation or exportation, in accordance with the provisions of any rules made under this «Act, of any article by order of the Government;
(c)
any of the following persons or their equipment while in the course of their duty or employment:
(i)
members of the Singapore Armed Forces «and of any visiting forces lawfully present in Singapore;
(ii)
members of any naval, military or air volunteer forces established under any written law;
(iii)
members of any additional forces established under any written law providing for compulsory service in the defence of Singapore;
(iv)
members of the Singapore Police Force or any other police force on duty in Singapore;
(v)
members of the Special Constabulary or any Auxiliary Police Force created under the Police Force «Act 2004, «and any additional constables «and peace officers;
[24/2004 wef 12/10/2004]
(vi)
dog-shooters employed by the Government;
(d)
any vessel belonging to or in the service of the Government or of any foreign government;
(e)
any hulk or magazine for the storage or deposit of explosives, or «explosive precursors, of the Government or the government of any Commonwealth country;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(f)
such articles as form part of the ordinary armament of any vessel or as are required for the service of any vessel or the personal use of the crew or the passengers thereof;
(g)
the importation, exportation «and possession, in accordance with such conditions as may be prescribed in rules made under this «Act, of such «arms «and ammunition, forming part of the equipment of aircraft or carried therein for the personal use of passengers or crew, as may be permitted by such rules; or
(h)
the possession in the course of his duty of «arms, explosives or «explosive precursors by any person employed by the Government, such possession being specially authorised by the head of his department.
[30/2002]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(2)  In any proceedings under this «Act, proof of these facts shall rest with the person alleging them.
(3)  Sections 5 to 8 «and any rules made under section 8 shall also apply to —
(a)
the Government;
(b)
any other person referred to in subsection (1);
(c)
the articles referred to in subsection (1)(f); «and
(d)
the «arms «and ammunition referred to in subsection (1)(g).
[30/2002]
Appointment of Licensing Officer
4.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint a Licensing Officer and such number of Assistant Licensing Officers as he considers necessary for the purposes of this Act.
[30/2002]
(2)  The Licensing Officer may issue licences under this Act to any approved person on payment of the prescribed fee and any other prescribed charges.
[30/2002]
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PART II
MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION, TRANSFER, IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF UNMARKED PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, POISONOUS OR NOXIOUS GAS OR NOXIOUS SUBSTANCE, ETC.
Prohibition on manufacture of unmarked plastic explosives
5.
—(1)  No person shall manufacture any unmarked plastic explosive unless such unmarked plastic explosive is manufactured in a quantity no greater than that necessary for the purpose of and is solely for use in —
(a)
any research, development or testing of new or modified explosives;
(b)
any training in explosives detection, or in any development or testing of explosives detection equipment; or
(c)
any forensic science activity,
carried out under a licence issued by the Licensing Officer.
[30/2002]
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
[30/2002]
[3A
Prohibition on possession «and transfer of possession of unmarked plastic explosives
6.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), no person shall possess or transfer possession of any unmarked plastic «explosive unless such unmarked plastic «explosive —
(a)
is possessed or transferred to another person in a quantity no greater than that necessary for the purpose of «and is solely for use in —
(i)
any research, development or testing of new or modified explosives;
(ii)
any training in explosives detection, or in any development or testing of explosives detection equipment; or
(iii)
any forensic science activity,
carried out under a licence issued by the Licensing Officer; or
(b)
has been incorporated as an integral part of an authorised military device «and is possessed or transferred in the course of his duty by an authorised military or police personnel or a member of a visiting force lawfully present in Singapore.
[30/2002]
(2)  Subsection (1) shall not, for the relevant period, apply to any unmarked plastic «explosive which is manufactured in or imported into Singapore before 21st March 2003* «and which is possessed or transferred during the relevant period by —«
*  Date of commencement of the «Arms «and Explosives (Amendment) «Act 2002 («Act 30 of 2002).
«
(a)
an authorised military or police personnel in the course of his duty; or
(b)
any other person authorised by the Minister «and in accordance with this «Act.
[30/2002]
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence «and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 «and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
[30/2002]
(4)  In this section «and section 7, “relevant period” means —
(a)
a period of 15 years from 21st March 2003 in the case of an authorised military or police personnel; or
(b)
a period of 3 years from 21st March 2003 in the case of any other person authorised under subsection (2)(b).
[30/2002]
[3B
Prohibition on importation «and exportation of unmarked plastic explosives
7.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), no person shall import or export any unmarked plastic «explosive unless such unmarked plastic «explosive —
(a)
is imported or exported in a quantity no greater than that necessary for the purpose of «and is solely for use in —
(i)
any research, development or testing of new or modified explosives;
(ii)
any training in explosives detection, or in any development or testing of explosives detection equipment; or
(iii)
any forensic science activity,
carried out under a licence issued by the Licensing Officer; or
(b)
has been incorporated as an integral part of an authorised military device «and is imported or exported in the course of his duty by an authorised military or police personnel or a member of a visiting force lawfully present in Singapore.
[30/2002]
(2)  Subsection (1) shall not, for the relevant period, apply to the import or export by an authorised military or police personnel in the course of his duty of any unmarked plastic «explosive which has been manufactured in or imported into Singapore before 21st March 2003*.«
*  Date of commencement of the «Arms «and Explosives (Amendment) «Act 2002 («Act 30 of 2002).
[30/2002]
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence «and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 «and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
[30/2002]
[3C
Rules for purposes of sections 5, 6 and 7
8.
—(1)  The Minister may make rules for carrying out the purposes of sections 5, 6 and 7.
[30/2002]
(2)  Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), such rules may provide for the application of any rules made under section 46(1) to any unmarked plastic explosives, subject to such modifications as may be specified in the rules made under subsection (1).
[30/2002]
[3D
Minister may prohibit exportation by notification
9.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification published in the Gazette, prohibit for a period in the notification to be mentioned the exportation from Singapore, either absolutely, or to any country, territory or place outside Singapore, or may permit exportation or removal subject to such conditions, limitations or restrictions as he considers necessary in the notification to be specified, or the removal from place to place in Singapore, of all or any of the following articles:
(a)
guns, arms, explosives or any specified class of explosives, aircraft, armoured cars, tanks, naval, military or air force stores or any war material including any poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance;
(b)
articles which, in the opinion of the Minister, are capable of being converted into or of being made useful for manufacturing any of the said articles;
(c)
provisions or any sort of victuals which may be used as food for man.
[30/2002]
(2)  Any person who exports or removes, or attempts to export or remove, any article in contravention of any notification issued under this section or in breach of the restrictions and conditions subject to or upon which any licence is issued shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
[4
Extension of definition of explosive and prohibition as to explosives by notification
10.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette —
(a)
declare that any substance which appears to the Minister to be specially dangerous to life or property, by reason either of its explosive properties or of any process in the manufacture thereof rendering it liable to explosion, shall be deemed to be an explosive within the meaning of this Act, subject to such exceptions, limitations and restrictions as are specified in the notification;
(b)
prohibit, either absolutely or subject to conditions, the manufacture, possession or importation of any explosive which is of so dangerous a character that, in the opinion of the Minister, it is expedient for the public safety to issue such notification; and
(c)
prohibit, either absolutely or subject to conditions, the importation, manufacture or possession of sand crackers or any squib or cracker which contains an explosive ingredient or mixture other than black gunpowder (that is to say, sulphur, charcoal and saltpetre) and any squib or cracker containing more than one-fifth of an ounce by weight of such black gunpowder.
(2)  Any person who manufactures, possesses or imports an explosive in contravention of a notification issued under this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000.
[5
Power to prohibit poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance
11.
—(1)  The Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, prohibit either absolutely or subject to conditions the manufacture, possession or importation of any poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance.
[30/2002]
(2)  Any person who commits any act in contravention of a notification issued under this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
[30/2002]
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Penalty for unauthorised exportation or removal
12.
—(1)  If any vessel or aircraft is used for —
(a)
the exportation or removal of any article in contravention of any notification issued under section 9; or
(b)
the importation of any explosive or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance in contravention of any notification issued under section 10 or 11,
the master or pilot-in-command and the owner thereof shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, unless it is proved to the satisfaction of the court that —
(i)
the master or pilot-in-command or owner was not implicated in the placing or keeping of the article or explosive or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance on board the vessel or aircraft; and
(ii)
the offence in question was committed without the knowledge, consent or connivance of the master or pilot-in-command or owner.
[30/2002]
(2)  On conviction the vessel or aircraft referred to in subsection (1) may be detained by order of the court until security has been given for such sum as the court orders not exceeding $20,000.
[30/2002]
(3)  Except as provided by section 3(1)(f), the finding on board any vessel or aircraft of —
(a)
any article the exportation or removal of which is in contravention of any notification issued under section 9; or
(b)
any explosive or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance the importation of which is in contravention of any notification issued under section 10 or 11,
shall be prima facie evidence that the vessel or aircraft has been used for the exportation, removal or importation of the same contrary to this Act.
[30/2002]
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PART III
LICENSING OF GUNS, ARMS AND EXPLOSIVES
Licences required in respect of guns, arms, explosives, etc.
13.
—(1)  No person shall, unless authorised thereto by licence, and in accordance with the conditions of the licence and such other conditions as may be prescribed —
(a)
have in his possession or under his control any gun, arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance;
(b)
import any gun, arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance;
(c)
export any gun, arms, explosives, naval or military stores, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance; or
(d)
manufacture or deal in guns, arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance.
[30/2002]
(2)  Any person who, in contravention of this section —
(a)
imports any gun, arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance;
(b)
exports any gun, arms, explosives, naval or military stores, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance; or
(c)
manufactures or deals in guns, arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years.
[30/2002]
(3)  Any person who, in contravention of this section, has in his possession or under his control any gun shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 for every such gun and to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years.
[30/2002]
(4)  Any person who, in contravention of this section, has in his possession or under his control any arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years.
[30/2002]
(5)  Upon the conviction of any person of an offence under subsection (4), if it is proved to the satisfaction of the court before which the conviction is had that the offender had possession or control of the arms, explosives, poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance for the purpose of committing an offence punishable under the Penal Code (Cap. 224), the offender shall, in addition to the imprisonment prescribed by that subsection, be liable to caning.
[30/2002]
(6)  Subsection (1)(a) shall not apply to any bayonet, sword, dagger, spear or spearhead in any dwelling-house kept therein as a curio or for ornamental purposes.
[30/2002]
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14.  [Repealed by Act 5 of 2007 wef 01/07/2007]
15.  [Repealed by Act 5 of 2007 wef 01/07/2007]
No purchase of guns or arms from licensed dealer without licence
16.
—(1)  No person shall take delivery of any guns or arms from a licensed dealer without a licence authorising the purchase thereof, nor beyond the extent permitted thereby.
(2)  No licensed dealer shall deliver to any person any guns or arms except upon delivery to him of the licence nor beyond the extent permitted thereby.
(3)  Any person who commits any act in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[30/2002]
(4)  This section shall not apply to any bayonet, sword, dagger, spear and spearhead bona fide intended to be kept as a curio or for ornamental purposes.
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Delivery by persons other than licensed dealers
17.
—(1)  Any person, not being a licensed dealer, in possession of any guns, arms or ammunition under a licence, may deliver the guns, arms or ammunition to any other person who has produced to him a licence for the possession thereof.
(2)  The person delivering the guns, arms or ammunition referred to in subsection (1) shall immediately return his licence to the Licensing Officer or other proper officer, endorsed with a note containing the date of delivery and the name, address and description of the person to whom he has delivered the guns, arms or ammunition, or such other information as is prescribed.
[30/2002]
(3)  Any person who commits any act in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[30/2002]
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Provision upon death or bankruptcy, etc., of licensee
18.
—(1)  If a person licensed to import any guns, arms or explosives dies or becomes bankrupt or becomes mentally incapable or otherwise disabled, the person carrying on the business of that licensee shall not be liable to any penalty or forfeiture for acting under the licence during such reasonable time as is necessary to allow him to make an application to the Licensing Officer for a new licence.
[30/2002]
(2)  The person carrying on the business of the licensee referred to in subsection (1) shall be deemed to be the holder of the licence for all purposes under this Act, and to be liable in the same way as if he were the original holder of the licence until a new licence is issued.
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Guns, arms or explosives of which possession has become unlawful to be deposited with authorised person
19.
—(1)  Any person whose possession of guns, arms or explosives has become unlawful in consequence of the expiry, suspension or cancellation of a licence shall, without unnecessary delay, deposit them with such authorised person and at such place as may be specified in the licence or by notice in writing by the Licensing Officer.
[30/2002]
(2)  If the owner of any guns, arms or explosives so deposited does not, within 6 months from the date of deposit, produce a licence authorising him to possess them and apply for the delivery of them, the guns, arms or explosives deposited with an authorised person shall be forfeited to the Government.
[30/2002]
(3)  Every person licensed to possess guns or arms under this Act and intending to leave Singapore for any period exceeding one month shall, unless he intends to export such guns or arms, before so leaving transfer them to some person authorised under section 17 to take delivery of them or deposit them for safe keeping at a police station.
(4)  The Licensing Officer may authorise in writing any police officer to search any house for any guns or arms which he has reason to believe have not been transferred or deposited as required by subsection (3).
[21/73; 30/2002]
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Forfeiture of arms or explosives deposited with authorised person or Licensing Officer
20.  Any arms or explosives deposited with an authorised person or the Licensing Officer in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other written law for the time being in force shall, if not claimed by its owner or owners within 6 months from the date of the deposit, be forfeited to the Government.
[2/73; 30/2002]
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Minister may authorise erection of magazines or establishment of hulks
21.  The Minister may, by writing under his hand, authorise —
(a)
the erection of such magazines or the establishment of such hulks as he considers necessary for the storage of Government explosives, or for the storage or safe custody of explosives belonging to other persons; and
(b)
the use of Government magazines or any portion thereof for the storage or safe custody of explosives belonging to other persons.
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PART IIIA
LICENSING OF EXPLOSIVE PRECURSORS
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Licences required in respect of explosive precursors
21A.
—(1)  No person shall, unless authorised thereto by licence, and in accordance with the conditions of the licence and such other conditions as may be prescribed, have in his possession or under his control, import, export, manufacture or deal in any explosive precursor.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction —
(a)
in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $100,000; and
(b)
in any other case, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Explosive precursors of which possession has become unlawful to be deposited with authorised person
21B.
—(1)  Any person whose possession of any explosive precursor has become unlawful in consequence of the expiry, suspension or cancellation of a licence shall, without unnecessary delay, deposit the explosive precursor with such authorised person and at such place as may be specified in the licence or by notice in writing by the Licensing Officer.
(2)  If the owner of any explosive precursor so deposited does not, within 6 months from the date of the deposit, produce a licence authorising him to possess the explosive precursor and apply for its delivery, the explosive precursor deposited with an authorised person shall be forfeited to the Government.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Forfeiture of explosive precursors deposited with authorised person or Licensing Officer
21C.  Any explosive precursor deposited with an authorised person or the Licensing Officer in accordance with the provisions of this Act or any other written law for the time being in force shall, if not claimed by its owner or owners within 6 months from the date of the deposit, be forfeited to the Government.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Licensed premises for storage of explosive precursors
21D.
—(1)  No person shall store or keep, or cause to be stored or kept, any explosive precursor except —
(a)
in or on premises licensed for the storage or keeping of such explosive precursor and in accordance with the conditions of the licence and such other conditions as may be prescribed; or
(b)
in any warehouse or store authorised under section 21E.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction —
(a)
in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $100,000; and
(b)
in any other case, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Minister may authorise establishment of warehouses or stores
21E.  The Minister may authorise in writing the establishment or use of such warehouses or stores as he considers necessary for —
(a)
the storage of explosive precursors belonging to the Government; or
(b)
the storage or safe custody of explosive precursors belonging to other persons.
PART IIIB
GENERAL PROVISIONS ON LICENCES
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Restrictions on issuing of licences
21F.  Notwithstanding any provision in this Act, the Licensing Officer shall refuse to issue a licence under this Act where he is satisfied that —
(a)
the applicant is not a fit and proper person to hold such a licence; or
(b)
it would be contrary to the public interest for the applicant to be issued with the licence.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Conditions of licences
21G.  Every licence issued under this Act shall be deemed to be issued and held subject, in addition to any other condition prescribed or specified in the licence, to the following conditions:
(a)
the licence shall expire after such period as is prescribed;
(b)
the licence shall at any time be liable to suspension or cancellation without any reason being given by the Licensing Officer; and
(c)
the licence shall not be transferable except as provided in this Act.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Appeal
21H.  Any person who is dissatisfied with —
(a)
any refusal by the Licensing Officer to issue him a licence under this Act; or
(b)
any suspension or cancellation of his licence issued under this Act,
may within 14 days of the decision appeal in writing to the Minister whose decision shall be final and conclusive.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
PART IV
OFFENCES
Knowingly concealing arms, etc., imported without licence
22.
—(1)  Any person who knowingly conceals any guns, arms, explosives or poisonous or noxious gas or noxious substance imported unlawfully or without a licence, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 3 years and to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
[30/2002]
(2)  Any person who knowingly conceals any explosive precursor imported unlawfully or without a licence shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction —
(a)
in the case of a body corporate, to a fine not exceeding $100,000; and
(b)
in any other case, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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Knowingly purchasing guns or arms from person not licensed
23.  Any person who knowingly purchases guns or arms from any person not licensed shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000.
[30/2002]
[20
Failure to keep prescribed book or make prescribed entry or making false entry
24.  Any person who, being required under any rules made under this Act to keep any book or to make any entry in any book —
(a)
omits or fails duly to keep that book or make an entry;
(b)
obstructs or prevents the inspection of that book or entry; or
(c)
makes a false entry,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000 in addition to double the value of any articles sold of which he has failed to make an entry or respecting which he has made a false entry.
[30/2002]
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Resisting person in execution of power
25.  Any person who assaults or obstructs or resists any person in the execution of any power vested in him by this Act shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000 or to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months or to both.
[30/2002]
[22
Obstructing inspection of stock-in-trade
26.  Any person who —
(a)
intentionally conceals from any officer duly authorised to inspect the stock-in-trade of any licensed dealer that stock-in-trade; or
(b)
wilfully refuses to point out where the stock-in-trade is kept,
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years or to both.
[23
[30/2002]
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,
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(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.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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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
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(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]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(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]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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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]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(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]
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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.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(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.
[34
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]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
[35
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, 27(2) or 30.
[36
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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.
[37
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.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
[38
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.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
[39
PART VI
MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Notice of accidents
36.
—(1)  Where there occurs, in or about or in connection with —
(a)
any place in which an explosive or explosive precursor is manufactured, possessed or used; or
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(b)
any carriage, vessel or aircraft either conveying an explosive or explosive precursor or on or from which an explosive or explosive precursor is being loaded or unloaded,
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
any accident by explosion or by fire attended with loss of human life, or serious injury to person or property, or of a description usually attended with such loss or injury, the occupier of the place, the master of the vessel, the pilot-in-command of the aircraft or the person in charge of the carriage shall immediately give notice thereof to the officer in charge of the nearest police station.
[30/2002]
(2)  Any such occupier, master, pilot-in-command or person who fails to give notice as required by subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
[30/2002]
[41
Inquiry into accidents
37.
—(1)  Where the Public Prosecutor or a Deputy Public Prosecutor is of the opinion that an inquiry should be held into the nature and cause of any accident of which notice is required to be given under section 36, he may by written order direct any Magistrate or the Port Master to hold an inquiry into the nature and cause of the accident.
(2)  A Magistrate or the Port Master holding an inquiry under subsection (1) shall have for the purposes of the inquiry all the powers of a Magistrate’s Court conducting an inquiry under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68).
(3)  The Magistrate or the Port Master shall on the conclusion of the inquiry forward to the Public Prosecutor or to a Deputy Public Prosecutor a copy of the proceedings and a report in writing —
(a)
as to the nature and cause of the accident; and
(b)
stating whether in his opinion the accident was caused by design or was the result of accident or of negligence stating the full particulars of the case and the reasons for the conclusions he has arrived at.
[42
Abetment and attempt
38.  Any person who abets the commission of any offence punishable under this Act, or attempts to commit any such offence, and in the attempt does any act towards the commission of the offence, shall be punished as if he had committed the offence.
[25
Jurisdiction of court
39.  Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), a District Court shall have jurisdiction to try any offence under this Act and shall have power to impose the full penalty or punishment in respect of the offence.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Consent
40.
—(1)  No prosecution shall be instituted for any offence made punishable by section 9, 10 or 11 except with the consent of the Public Prosecutor or a Deputy Public Prosecutor or on the complaint of the Licensing Officer or the Port Master.
[30/2002]
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(2)  Such consent shall state under what section or sections the prosecution is instituted, but if, in the course of the trial, it appears necessary to the court to alter, add to or amend any charge, no further or other consent shall be necessary.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(3)  No conviction shall be set aside for the want of any consent or complaint or for any omission or defect in any consent or complaint, unless the accused has been prejudiced thereby.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
(4)  No such consent shall remain in force unless acted upon within one month from the date upon which it was given.
[15/2010 wef 02/01/2011]
[27
Rewards to informers
41.  In the case of a conviction under any provision of this Act involving a fine, the court inflicting the fine may —
(a)
direct, on the application of the Licensing Officer or other person conducting the prosecution, that any part, not exceeding one-half thereof, shall be paid to any person who has given such information to the police as has led to the conviction of the offender or offenders; or
(b)
if there is more than one such person, direct the fine to be divided amongst them in such proportions as the court orders.
[30/2002]
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Forfeitures
42.
—(1)  All articles —
(a)
with regard to which any offence has been committed under this Act or any permit granted thereunder; or
(b)
in respect of which a breach has been committed of any of the restrictions or conditions subject to or upon which any licence has been issued,
may be seized by any police officer and, together with the receptacles containing them, shall be forfeited to the Government on application made by the Licensing Officer.
[30/2002]
(2)  All guns, arms, naval or military stores and war material of any kind which are found without an apparent owner may be seized by any police officer, and if, after such notice given as to a Magistrate’s Court seems fit, no owner appears, they shall be forfeited to the Government.
[29
Liability of employer
43.
—(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person shall be liable for every act, omission, neglect or default of any agent or servant employed by him and acting within the scope of his employment, as fully and effectually as if that act, omission, neglect or default were done or committed by the person.
(2)  Nothing in this section shall affect the liability of the agent or servant.
(3)  The liability of the employer shall not extend to imprisonment other than imprisonment in default of payment of a fine unless he is privy to the offence.
[30
General penalty
44.  Any person guilty of an offence under this Act for which no penalty is expressly provided shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
[30/2002]
[24
Offences by bodies corporate, etc.
44A.
—(1)  Where an offence under this Act committed by a body corporate is proved —
(a)
to have been committed with the consent or connivance of an officer; or
(b)
to be attributable to any neglect on his part,
the officer as well as the body corporate shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(2)  Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (1) shall apply in relation to the acts and defaults of a member in connection with his functions of management as if he were a director of the body corporate.
(3)  Where an offence under this Act committed by a partnership is proved —
(a)
to have been committed with the consent or connivance of a partner; or
(b)
to be attributable to any neglect on his part,
the partner as well as the partnership shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(4)  Where an offence under this Act committed by an unincorporated association (other than a partnership) is proved —
(a)
to have been committed with the consent or connivance of an officer of the unincorporated association or a member of its governing body; or
(b)
to be attributable to any neglect on the part of such an officer or member,
the officer or member as well as the unincorporated association shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
(5)  In this section —
“officer”  —
(a)
in relation to a body corporate, means any director, partner, member of the committee of management, chief executive, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body corporate and includes any person purporting to act in any such capacity; or
(b)
in relation to an unincorporated association (other than a partnership), means the president, the secretary, or any member of the committee of the unincorporated association, or any person holding a position analogous to that of president, secretary or member of a committee and includes any person purporting to act in any such capacity;
“partner” includes a person purporting to act as a partner.
(6)  The Minister may make rules to provide for the application of any provision of this section, with such modifications as the Minister considers appropriate, to any body corporate or unincorporated association formed or recognised under the law of a territory outside Singapore.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
General exemption power
44B.  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, exempt any person or premises, or any class or description of persons or premises, from all or any of the provisions of this Act, subject to such terms or conditions as may be prescribed.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
Power to amend Schedules
45.  The Minster may, by order published in the Gazette, amend the First or Second Schedule.
[30/2002]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
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Power to make rules
46.
—(1)  The Minister may make rules for any of the following purposes:
(a)
to regulate the possession of guns or «arms;
(b)
to regulate the importation «and transport of guns or «arms;
(c)
to regulate the exportation of guns, «arms or naval or military stores;
(d)
to regulate the manufacture «and dealing in guns or «arms, «and the purchase of «arms;
(e)
to regulate the landing «and transhipping of guns or «arms;
(f)
to provide for the marking of guns or «arms for the possession of which a licence is issued;
(g)
to regulate or prohibit, except under or in accordance with the conditions of a licence, the manufacture, possession, use, sale, purchase, storage, transport, importation «and exportation of explosives or any specified class of explosives;
(ga)
to regulate or prohibit, except under or in accordance with the conditions of a licence, the manufacture, dealing in, use, storage, transportation, importation, exportation, possession «and purchase of «explosive precursors;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(h)
to regulate or prohibit except under «and in accordance with the conditions of a licence, the manufacture, possession, use, sale, purchase, storage, transport, importation «and exportation of poisonous or noxious gases or noxious substances or any specified class of poisonous or noxious gases or noxious substances;
(i)
to regulate the tests to which various classes or any particular class of «explosive may or shall be subjected before permission is granted to land the same in Singapore;
(j)
to regulate the duties of the Port Master under this «Act or of the Licensing Officer or of any other officer vested with powers under this «Act;
(k)
to declare what duties may be carried out by subordinate police officers under the direction «and control of the Licensing Officer, «and to regulate the conduct of such duties;
(l)
to regulate the manner in which applications for licences shall be made, «and the matters to be specified in them;
(m)
to regulate the form in which, «and the conditions on «and subject to which, licences shall be issued, the matters to be specified in licences, «and the issue of licences generally;
(n)
to regulate the period for which licences are to remain in force;
(o)
to fix the fees to be charged for any licence issuable under this «Act «and the other sums, if any, to be paid for expenses by applicants for licences;
(p)
to fix the fees to be paid for the use of Government magazines or any portion thereof;
(q)
to direct by whom «and in what manner fees payable under this «Act shall be collected «and accounted for;
(r)
to authorise any officer, either by name or office —
(i)
to enter, inspect «and examine any place, carriage, vessel or aircraft in which an «explosive or «explosive precursor is being manufactured, possessed, stored or kept, used, dealt in, transported, imported or exported under a licence issued under this «Act, or in which he has reason to believe that an «explosive or «explosive precursor has been or is being manufactured, possessed, stored or kept, used, dealt in, transported, imported or exported in contravention of this «Act;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(ii)
to search for explosives or «explosive precursors therein;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(iii)
to take samples of any «explosive or «explosive precursor found therein, on payment of their value;
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(iv)
to seize, detain, remove «and, if necessary, destroy any «explosive or «explosive precursor found therein; «and
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(v)
to arrest without warrant «and to search any person whom he reasonably believes to have committed an offence under any rules made under this «Act;
(s)
to regulate the disposition, destruction or sale of all articles forfeited under this «Act;
(t)
to regulate the possession «and use of «arms by schools «and clubs for sporting activities «and to exempt any school or club from the requirement for a licence under this «Act, subject to such conditions as may be prescribed; «and
(u)
generally to give effect to the provisions of this «Act.
[30/2002]
(2)  The Minister may, in making any rules —
(a)
provide that a contravention of any specified provision thereof shall be an offence; «and
(b)
provide for penalties not exceeding a fine of $100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or both for each offence «and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further penalty not exceeding a fine of $10,000 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
(3)  No such rules shall affect the dealing with explosives within any dockyard, arsenal, fort, military cantonment or other place for keeping ordnance or naval or military or air force stores occupied, used, controlled or managed by the Government or the government of any other country for defence purposes in Singapore.
(4)  All rules made under this section shall be published in the Gazette «and shall be presented to Parliament as soon as possible after publication.
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FIRST SCHEDULE
Section 2(1)
Detection agents
First column
Second column
Third column
Fourth column
Name of detection agent
Molecular formula
Molecular weight
Minimum concentration
Ethylene glycol dinitrate (EGDN)
C2H4(NO3)2
152
0.2% by mass
2,3-Dimethyl-2,3-dinitrobutane (DMNB)
C6H12(NO2)2
176
1.0% by mass
para-Mononitrotoluene (p-MNT)
C7H7NO2
137
0.5% by mass.
[30/2002]
[S 228/2009 wef 25/05/2009]
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]
SECOND SCHEDULE
Sections 2(1) and 45
Explosive precursors
1.
Ammonium nitrate, or any mixture of components one of which is ammonium nitrate, but not including —
(a)
aqueous solutions containing less than 60%, weight in weight, of ammonium nitrate; or
(b)
any material in solid form comprising a mixture of components, one of which is ammonium nitrate, where the nitrogen content derived from ammonium nitrate is less than 28% by weight of the said mixture.
2.
Ammonium perchlorate.
3.
Barium nitrate, not including preparations and solutions containing less than 10%, weight in weight, of barium nitrate.
4.
Guanidine nitrate.
5.
Hydrogen peroxide, not including preparations and solutions containing not more than 20%, weight in weight, of hydrogen peroxide.
6.
Potassium chlorate.
7.
Potassium nitrate, not including preparations and solutions containing less than 5%, weight in weight, of potassium nitrate or a combination of both potassium nitrate and sodium nitrate.
8.
Potassium nitrite, not including aqueous solutions containing less than 5%, weight in weight, of potassium nitrite.
9.
Potassium perchlorate.
10.
Sodium chlorate.
11.
Sodium nitrate, not including preparations and solutions containing less than 5%, weight in weight, of sodium nitrate or a combination of both sodium nitrate and potassium nitrate.
12.
Sodium nitrite, not including aqueous solutions containing less than 5%, weight in weight, of sodium nitrite.
13.
Sodium perchlorate.
14.
Perchloric acid.
15.
Tetranitromethane.
[5/2007 wef 01/07/2007]

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Arms and Explosives Act
(CHAPTER 13)
This Legislative History is provided for the convenience of users of the Arms and Explosives Act. It is not part of the Act.
1.  
Ordinance 9 of 1913—Arms and Explosives Ordinance 1913
Date of First Reading
:
Date not available
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
22 August 1913
Date of commencement
:
18 November 1913
2.  
Ordinance 26 of 1921—Statute Laws (Revised Edition) Operation Ordinance 1921
Date of First Reading
:
22 November 1921
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
22 November 1921
Date of commencement
:
28 November 1921
3.  
Ordinance 6 of 1923—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1923
Date of First Reading
:
26 February 1923
Date of Second Reading
:
23 April 1923
Date of Third Reading
:
28 May 1923
Date of commencement
:
15 June 1923
4.  
Ordinance 25 of 1923—Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 1923
Date of First Reading
:
Date not available
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
Date not available
Date of commencement
:
31 December 1923
5.  
Ordinance 21 of 1926—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1926
Date of First Reading
:
Date not available
Date of Second Reading
:
6 September 1926
Date of Third Reading
:
11 October 1926
Date of commencement
:
29 October 1926
6.  
Ordinance 9 of 1927—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1927
Date of First Reading
:
7 February 1927 (Published on 11 February 1927)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
16 May 1927
Date of commencement
:
10 June 1927
7.  
Ordinance 3 of 1928—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1928
Date of First Reading
:
26 March 1928
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
26 March 1928
Date of commencement
:
20 April 1928
8.  
Ordinance 42 of 1935—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1935
Date of First Reading
:
26 August 1935
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
28 October 1935
Date of commencement
:
15 November 1935
9.  
1936 Revised Edition—Arms and Explosives Ordinance (Chapter 196)
Date of operation
:
1 September 1936
10.  
Ordinance 42 of 1937—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1937
Date of First Reading
:
25 October 1937 (Published on 10 December 1937)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
17 November 1937
Date of commencement
:
10 December 1937
11.  
Ordinance 25 of 1939—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1939
Date of First Reading
:
12 June 1939 (Published on 16 June 1939)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
28 August 1939
Date of commencement
:
15 September 1939
12.  
Ordinance 11 of 1941—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1941
Date of First Reading
:
20 January 1941
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
28 April 1941
Date of commencement
:
23 May 1941
13.  
Ordinance 17 of 1947—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1947
Date of First Reading
:
Date not available
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
24 April 1947
Date of commencement
:
9 May 1947
14.  
Ordinance 17 of 1949—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1949
Date of First Reading
:
12 April 1949 (Published on 14 April 1949)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
17 May 1949
Date of commencement
:
3 June 1949
15.  
Ordinance 37 of 1952—Law Revision (Penalties Amendment) Ordinance 1952
Date of First Reading
:
16 September 1952
(Bill No. 32/52 published on 19 September 1952)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
14 October 1952
Date of commencement
:
30 April 1955
16.  
Ordinance 20 of 1954—Criminal Justice (Punishment — Amendment) Ordinance 1954
Date of First Reading
:
17 August 1954
(Bill No. 28/54 published on 20 August 1954)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
12 October 1954
Date of commencement
:
18 December 1954
17.  
Ordinance 8 of 1955—Revised Edition of the Laws (Miscellaneous Amendments) Ordinance 1955
Date of First Reading
:
14 December 1954
(Bill No. 45/54 published on 17 December 1954)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
28 January 1955
Date of commencement
:
11 February 1955
18.  
1955 Revised Edition—Arms and Explosives Ordinance (Cap. 210)
Date of operation
:
1 May 1955
19.  
Ordinance 28 of 1955—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Ordinance 1955
Date of First Reading
:
18 August 1955
(Bill No. 12/55 published on 31 August 1955)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
12 October 1955
Date of commencement
:
21 October 1955
20.  
Ordinance 31 of 1958—Legislative Assembly (Presentation of Subsidiary Legislation) Ordinance 1958
Date of First Reading
:
16 July 1955
(Bill No. 158/55 published on 22 July 1955)
Date of Second Reading
:
13 August 1958
Date of Third Reading
:
10 September 1958
Date of commencement
:
25 September 1958
21.  
Ordinance 71 of 1959—Transfer of Powers Ordinance 1959
Date of First Reading
:
22 September 1959
(Bill No. 30/59 published on 30 September 1959)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
11 November 1959
Date of commencement
:
20 November 1959
22.  
G. N. No. S 7/1966—Port of Singapore Authority (Transfer of Functions) Order 1965
Date of commencement
:
8 January 1966
23.  
G. N. No. S 109/1966—Modification of Laws (Arms and Explosives) Order 1966
Date of commencement
:
17 June 1966
24.  
1970 Revised Edition—Arms and Explosives Act (Cap. 238)
Date of operation
:
31 July 1971
25.  
Act 2 of 1973—Arms and Explosives (Amendment) Act 1973
Date of First Reading
:
22 November 1972
(Bill No. 45/72 published on 25 November 1972)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
16 February 1973
Date of commencement
:
1 May 1973
26.  
Act 21 of 1973—Statutes of the Republic of Singapore (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 1973
Date of First Reading
:
7 March 1973
(Bill No. 16/73 published on 9 March 1973)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
20 March 1973
Date of commencement
:
6 April 1973
27.  
Date of operation
:
30 March 1987
28.  
(Consequential amendments made by)
Date of First Reading
:
5 December 1995
(Bill No. 46/95 published on 6 December 1995)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
18 January 1996
Date of commencement
:
2 February 1996
29.  
(Consequential amendments made by)
Date of First Reading
:
22 May 2000
(Bill No. 17/2000 published on 23 May 2000)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
3 July 2000
Date of commencement
:
1 August 2000
30.  
Date of First Reading
:
1 October 2002
(Bill No. 32/2002 published on 2 October 2002)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
31 October 2002
Date of commencement
:
21 March 2003
31.  
Date of operation
:
31 July 2003
32.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
19 May 2004
(Bill No. 22/2004 published on 20 May 2004)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
15 June 2004
Date of commencement
:
12 October 2004
33.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
19 October 2004
(Bill No. 52/2004 published on 20 October 2005)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
25 January 2005
Dates of commencement
:
10 June 2005 (Part IV)
34.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
8 November 2006
(Bill No. 17/2006 published on 9 November 2007)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
22 January 2007
Date of commencement
:
1 July 2007
35.  
G. N. No. S 228/2009—Arms and Explosives Act (Amendment of First Schedule) Order 2009
Date of operation
:
25 May 2009
36.  
(Consequential amendments made to Act by)
Date of First Reading
:
26 April 2010
(Bill No. 11/2010 published on 26 April 2010)
Date of Second and Third Readings
:
19 May 2010
Date of commencement
:
2 January 2011

COMPARATIVE TABLE

Arms and Explosives Act
(CHAPTER 13)

The following provisions in the 1985 Revised Edition of the Arms and Explosives Act were renumbered by the Law Revision Commissioners in the 2003 Revised Edition.

This Comparative Table is provided for the convenience of users. It is not part of the Arms and Explosives Act.

2003 Ed.
1985 Ed.
PART I — PRELIMINARY
4
9
PART II — MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION, TRANSFER, IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION OF UNMARKED PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, POISONOUS OR NOXIOUS GAS OR NOXIOUS SUBSTANCE, ETC.
5
3A
6
3B
7
3C
8
3D
9 to 11
4 to 6
12—(1) and (2)
7—(1)
        (3)
      (2)
PART III — LICENSING OF GUNS, ARMS AND EXPLOSIVES
13—(1) to (3)
8—(1) to (3)
        (4) and (5)
      (4)
        (6)
      (5)
14
10
15
11
16—(1) and (2)
12—(1) and (2)
        (3) and (4)
        (3)
17—(1) and (2)
13—(1)
        (3)
        (2)
18 to 20
14 to 16
17 (Repealed by Act 30/2002)
21
18
PART IV — OFFENCES
22 to 26
19 to 23
PART V — SEARCH, SEIZURE AND ARREST
27 to 35
31 to 39
PART VI — MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
36
41
37
42
38
25
39
26
40
27
41
28
42
29
43
30
44
24
45
40A
46—(1) to (3)
40—(1) to (4)
        (5) (Obsolete)