Firearms Act

Firearms (Competency Certificate) Regulations 2007

[GN 114 of 2007 – 1 September 2007] [Section 48]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Firearms (Competency Certificate) Regulations 2007.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Firearms Act.

3. For the purposes of section 6(1)(a) of the Act, an application shall be made in the form set out in the First Schedule.

4. A competency certificate shall be in the form set out in the Second Schedule.

5. No competency certificate shall be issued unless the applicant has –

(a) completed the training course;

(b) passed the test; and

(c) paid the appropriate fees specified in the Third Schedule.

6. (1) A training course shall comprise theoretical and practical training components incorporating knowledge of the relevant legislation, handling of firearm and ammunition, permitted game or animal species for hunting and permitted hunting grounds.

(2) The Commissioner shall make available a complete course curriculum to every applicant at the beginning of a training course.

7. (1) The Commissioner may authorise a person who has made an application for a competency certificate and who is to undergo a practical test under regulation 6 to purchase ammunition from any dealer in firearms for the purposes of competency test.

(2) Any ammunition purchased under paragraph ( 1) shall be delivered directly to the Commissioner.

8. The training course and tests shall be conducted at such place and at such time as the Commissioner may determine.

9. Notwithstanding regulation 5, the Commissioner may exempt a person who is the holder of a firearm licence from –

(a) the theoretical component of the training course; or

(b) both the theoretical and practical component of the training course, where that person demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that he has the necessary skills and experience in the handling of weapon.

10. Where the Commissioner is satisfied that a competency certificate is lost or destroyed during its validity period, he may, on application by the licensee, issue a duplicate competency certificate subject to the payment of 250 rupees.

11. The Commissioner shall keep a register for all applicants which shall include the following particulars –

(a) name, date of birth, National Identity Card number and address of every applicant;

(b) date of application;

(c) date on which the training course was started and completed; and

(d) if the applicant passed or failed the test, as applicable.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulation 3]

APPLICATION FOR COMPETENCY CERTIFICATE

[Section 6(1)(a) of the Firearms Act]

To the Commissioner of Police  

1. I, ........................................, holder of National Identity Card number ............,
and residing at ........................................................, hereby apply for a competency
certificate for the following –

(a)  firearm licence      

(b)  dealer in firearm     

(c)  gunsmith      

(d) game licence      

(e) employee permit     

(f) as in charge of firearm in a corporate body  

* Tick box where applicable

2. Other personal information

NIC number ..................................................................................................................

Date of birth ..................................................................................................................

Profession .....................................................................................................................

Place of work ................................................................................................................

Telephone number (residence) ........................................................................................

Telephone number (office) ..............................................................................................

Mobile number ..............................................................................................................

Email address (if any) ....................................................................................................

Age on the date of application ........................................................................................

3. I am enclosing the following documents –

(a) two recent passport size photographs     

(b) a copy of National Identity Card      

(c) a copy of birth certificate      

(d) a medical certificate (original) by registered medical officer  

(e) a copy of certificate of incorporation (if applicable)   

(f) letter from the board of directors (if applicable)    

* Tick box where applicable

4. I certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

...............................

.............................................

Date

Signature of applicant

____________________________________________________________________________

FOR USE BY CFIO

Report from CFI regarding previous convictions –

          ...................................

           Signature of CFIO

____________________________________________________________________________

For use by officer conducting the training course on competency

          ..............................

           Signature

____________________________________________________________________________

Decision of Commissioner of Police

...............................

..............................................

Date

Commissioner of Police

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SECOND SCHEDULE

[Regulation 4]

COMPETENCY CERTIFICATE

[Section 6(2) of the Firearms Act]

         

Mr/Mrs/Miss .................................., holder of National Identity Card number ....................,

and residing at .................................................., has successfully completed the training

course and passed the competency test and is eligible to handle a ..............................

         (type of firearm)

for the purpose of possession of firearm/dealing in firearms/ conducting business as gunsmith.

This certificate is valid for a period of 5 years from the date of issue.

.........................     .........................................................

Date      Commissioner of Police

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Regulation 5(c)]

FEE

Competency test

(Rs)

Theoretical module

500

Practical module

500

Tests

500

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Firearms (Hunting Associations and Game Shooting Organisations) Regulations 2007

[GN 115 of 2007 – 1 September 2007] [Sections 17 and 48]

1. These regulations may be cited as the Firearms (Hunting Associations and Game Shooting Organisations) Regulations 2007.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the Firearms Act;

"temporary game licence" means a licence referred to in section 18 of the Act.

3. An application for registration as a hunting association or game shooting organisation shall be made in the form set out in the First or Second Schedule, as the case may be.

4. The Commissioner may, on receipt of an application made under regulation 3, request the applicant to submit such additional information as he may reasonably require in relation to the application.

5. The Commissioner may, after consideration of an application made under regulation 3 –

(a) issue,on payment of a fee of 500 rupees, a certificate of registration in the form set out in the Third or Fourth Schedule, as the case may be, on such terms and conditions as the Commissioner may determine; or

(b) reject the application where the applicant does not comply with these regulations.

6. (1) A hunting association or game shooting organisation shall keep a register in the form set out in the Fifth or Sixth Schedule, as the case may be.

(2) The Commissioner or any officer deputed by him may, at any time, consult or request the production of a register referred to in paragraph (1).

(3) The Commissioner may direct any hunting association or game shooting organisation to provide and maintain an armoury or storage facility for firearms and ammunition for safekeeping.

7. A hunting association or game shooting organisation shall submit an annual report to the Commissioner by the end of each year.

8. A non-citizen may make an application for a temporary game licence to the Commissioner in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule.

9. (1) The Commissioner may, on payment of a fee of 500 rupees, issue a temporary game licence in the form set out in the Eighth Schedule on such terms and conditions as he may determine.

(2) A temporary game licence shall be valid for a period not exceeding 3 months from the date of issue and shall not be transferable.

10. Where a non-citizen, who has been issued a temporary game licence, brings his firearm or ammunition into Mauritius, he shall immediately upon arrival declare them to the Commissioner.

11. A non-citizen shall not hunt beyond the limit of the hunting ground of the hunting association or game-shooting organisation of which he is a member.

12. (1) Where a non-citizen has brought his firearm and ammunition into Mauritius, he shall, on his departure, take with him his firearm and remaining ammunition.

(2) Where a firearm or any ammunition is left in Mauritius, the firearm or ammunition shall be surrendered to the Commissioner by the hunting association or game shooting organisation.

13. A non-citizen shall not sell, transfer or donate his firearm or ammunition to any other person without the prior written approval of the Commissioner.

14. (1) Any person who contravenes these regulations shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 50,000 rupees and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.

(2) Where any hunting association or game shooting organisation is convicted under paragraph (1), the Court may, in addition to any penalty imposed under this regulation, revoke or cancel its registration.

15. 

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FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulation 3]

APPLICATION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF A HUNTING ASSOCIATION

[Section 17 of the Firearms Act]

To the Commissioner of Police

1. I, Chairperson/Manager, Director ...................... of ...............................................

        (name of hunting ground)

situated at ................................................................... hereby apply for the registration

   (address of hunting ground)

of the hunting association.

2. Full particulars of applicant

NIC number

 

Date of birth

 

Profession

 

Place of work

 

Address (residence)

 

Telephone number (residence/office)

 

Cellular number

 

3. Particulars of hunting association

Approximate area of hunting association

 

Type of games

 

Registration number of society/association

 

Means of safekeeping of arms and ammunition

 

4. Documents to be produced –

(a) certificate of registration of hunting association;

(b) rules and regulations of hunting association;

(c) location plan of hunting association; and

(d) deed of land or lease agreement of hunting association.

5. I certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

.................................      ..............................................

Date        Signature of applicant

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SECOND SCHEDULE

[Regulation 3]

APPLICATION FOR THE REGISTRATION OF A GAME SHOOTING ORGANISATION

[Section 17 of the Firearms Act]

To the Commissioner of Police

1. I, Chairperson/Manager, Director ................... of ......................................................

        (name of organisation

)

situated at ......................................................... hereby apply for the registration of the

   (address of organisation)

game shooting organisation.

2. Full particulars of applicant

NIC number

 

Date of birth

 

Profession

 

Place of work

 

Address (residence)

 

Telephone number (residence/office)

 

Cellular number

 

3. Description of infrastructure to conduct shooting for leisure and sport

Approximate area of land

 

Type of sports

 

Registration number of society/association

 

Means of safekeeping of arms and ammunition

 

Means for security of inmates and co-owners

 

4. Documents to be produced –

(a) certificate of registration of organisation;

(b) rules and regulations of organisation;

(c) location plan of organisation; and

(d) deed of land or lease agreement of organisation.

5. I certify that the above information is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

.................................       ..........................................

Date        Signature of applicant

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THIRD SCHEDULE

[Regulation 5(a)]

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR HUNTING ASSOCIATION

[Section 17 of the Firearms Act]

1. Authority is hereby granted to the Chairperson/Manager, Director of ......................................................... situated at .........................................................

          (name of hunting association)    (address of hunting association)

to operate a hunting association to the extent of .............. (acres).

2. You are authorised to allow your registered members and invitees who are holders of game licence, firearm licence or temporary game licence to have access on your hunting ground (chassée) for hunting purposes.

3. You should keep an up to date register and submit an annual report to the Commissioner by the end of each year.

4. An authorised officer delegated by me shall be entitled to check your register at any time.

.................................        ........................................................

Date          Commissioner of Police

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FOURTH SCHEDULE

[Regulation 5(a)]

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION FOR GAME SHOOTING ORGANISATION

[Section 17 of the Firearms Act]

1. Authority is hereby granted to Chairperson/Manager, Director of ..........................

......................... situated at ...................................................................................

(name of organisation)     (address of organisation)

to operate a game shooting organisation to the extent of ..........................

        (acres)

2. You are authorised to allow members who are holders of game licence, firearm licence or t

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