Arms Act 1983

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2B Meaning of prohibited magazine

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, prohibited magazine,—

(a)

in relation to a shotgun, means a magazine, whether or not detachable, that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges commensurate with that shotgun’s chamber size:

(b)

in relation to any other firearm (except a pistol described in section 2A(1)(a)(i)(C) or (D)),—

(i)

means any detachable magazine—

(A)

that is capable of holding 0.22 calibre or lower rimfire cartridges and that is capable of holding more than 10 of those cartridges:

(B)

that is capable of holding more than 10 cartridges and being used with a semi-automatic or fully automatic firearm:

(ii)

means any other magazine, whether or not detachable, that is capable of holding more than 10 cartridges:

(c)

includes any other magazine declared by Order in Council made under section 74A to be a prohibited magazine for the purposes of this Act.

Section 2B: inserted, on 12 April 2019, by section 5 of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act 2019 (2019 No 12).

Section 2B(b): amended, on 25 June 2020, by section 8 of the Arms Legislation Act 2020 (2020 No 23).