CHAPTER 223
ARMS AND AMMUNITION ACT

[SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION]

INDEX TO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

   NOTICES

      The Prescription of Public Warehouses Notice

   ORDERS

      The Arms and Ammunition (Delegation of Powers) Order

      The Arms and Ammunition (Reciprocal Recognition of Licences) Order

   REGULATIONS

      The Arms and Ammunition (TPDF Safari and Rifle Club) (Exemption) Regulations

      The Arms and Ammunition Regulations

      The Arms and Ammunition (Repair Establishments) Regulations

      The Arms and Ammunition (Safe Custody) Regulations

NOTICES

THE PRESCRIPTION OF PUBLIC WAREHOUSES NOTICE

(Section 13)

G.Ns. Nos.
85 of 1925
27 of 1927
133 of 1930
126 of 1933
192 of 1957
317 of 1957

   The following places are hereby designated as Public Warehouses for the purposes of the Act–

   The Customs Warehouses at Arusha, Bagamoyo, Bukoba, Dar es Salaam, Kigoma, Kilwa, Lindi, Longido, Moshi Mtwara, Musoma, Mwanza, Ngara, Pangani, Tanga and Tirene Bay.

   The Police Stores at Namanyere , Songea and Tukuyu.

   The Game Department Armoury at Tengeru in the District of Arusha in Arusha Region.

ORDERS

THE ARMS AND AMMUNITION (DELEGATION OF POWERS) ORDER

(Section 20 of the Interpretation and General Clauses Ordinance (Cap. 1))

G.Ns. Nos.
7 of 1930
286 of 1932

   1. This Order may be cited as the Arms and Ammunition (Delegation of Powers) Order.

   2. The Governor hereby delegates the power to grant licences for the importation of arms and ammunition under section 4 of the Arms and Ammunition Act to the senior police officer stationed in each District or subdivision of the District.

THE ARMS AND AMMUNITION (RECIPROCAL RECOGNITION OF LICENCES) ORDER

(Section 7)

G.N. No. 225 of 1959

   1. This Order may be cited as the Arms and Ammunition (Reciprocal Recognition of Licences) Order.

   2. An arms licence or firearm certificate, other than a licence or certificate issued in respect of a muzzle-loading firearm, issued in the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Uganda or the Republic of Malawi and corresponding to an arms licence under the Arms and Ammunition Act in the United Republic of Tanzania shall, on being endorsed by an authorized officer, have the same effect and validity in the United Republic of Tanzania as if it were a firearm licence granted under the Arms and Ammunition Act of the United Republic of Tanzania.

REGULATIONS

THE ARMS AND AMMUNITION (TPDF SAFARI AND RIFLE CLUB) (EXEMPTION) REGULATIONS

(Section 5)

G.N. No. 40 of 1973

   1. These Regulations may be cited as the Arms and Ammunition (TPDF Safari and Rifle Club) (Exemption) Regulations.

   2. No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of a firearm which is the property of the TPDF Safari and Rifle Club being a local society registered under the Societies Act * whether or not such firearm is in the possession of the said Club.

THE ARMS AND AMMUNITION REGULATIONS

(Section 33)

G.Ns. Nos.
61 of 1924
176 of 1924
52 of 1925
86 of 1925
67 of 1926
26 of 1927
32 of 1927
153 of 1927
5 of 1928
190 of 1928
172 of 1929
129 of 1930
157 of 1931
16 of 1932
70 of 1932
145 of 1932
193 of 1932
34 of 1933
131 of 1933
180 of 1933
13 of 1940
339 of 1940
46 of 1941
395 of 1941
364 of 1943
87 of 1946
5 of 1947
257 of 1949
76 of 1954
288 of 1954
388 of 1954
161 of 1955
394 of 1955
420 of 1955
178 of 1956
237 of 1957
396 of 1957
308 of 1958
1 of 1960
169 of 1961
353 of 1961
343 of 1962
108 of 1963
594 of 1963
51 of 1966
283 of 1966
178 of 1967
301 of 1969
53 of 1970
110 of 1973
114 of 1975
234 of 1975
157 of 1989
511 of 1990
210 of 1992
281 of 1992
237 of 1994
380 of 1994
132 of 1996
250 of 1997

PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS (regs 1-3)

1.   Citation

   These Regulations may be cited as the Arms and Ammunition Regulations.

2.   Interpretation

   In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires–

   "native" means any member of an African race and includes a Swahili, Arab or Somali.

3.   Meaning of "authorized officer"

   In these Regulations and for any purpose under the Act unless other provision is made "authorized officer" means–

   (a)   for the issue of arms licences–

      in every district or division of a district the senior gazetted officer for the time being at the headquarters of the Police Force in such district or division of a district or, if there is no such gazetted officer for the time being at the headquarters of the Police Force in such district or division of a district, the senior administrative officer for the time being at the headquarters of such district or division of a district;

   (b)   for the renewal of any licence–

      (i)   a police officer of or above the rank of inspector;

      (ii)   a District Officer;

      (iii)   an Assistant District Officer;

      (iv)   a Woman Administrative Assistant;

   (c)   in the application of these Regulations or of the Act to muzzle-loading firearms, owned, possessed, used or carried by natives,

any administrative officer stationed in the district or in the division of a district concerned.

EXPORT LICENCES (regs 4-5)

4.   Licences for export to prohibited area or zone

   (1) Licences for the export of firearms or ammunition to a place in a prohibited area or zone shall only be granted by an authorized officer and shall be in the Form A contained in the Schedule to these Regulations.

   (2) Such licences shall not be granted without the sanction of the Minister except where the firearms and ammunition appear to be bona fide required for the personal defence of the exporter or for the exporter's own use in hunting.

5.   Permits for export to places not in a prohibited area or zone

   (1) Licences for the export of firearms or ammunition to a place not in a prohibited area or zone may be granted by the Commissioner of Police, any Collector of Customs, or any authorized officer.

   (2) Every such licence shall be in the Form A contained in the Schedule to these Regulations.

IMPORT LICENCES (reg 6)

6.   Licences to import arms and ammunition

   (1) Arms and ammunition bona fide required by an individual for purposes of self-defence or for his own use in hunting may on the permit of a customs officer be landed at any of the ports mentioned below and deposited in a public warehouse without any licence.

   (2) No other arms or ammunition shall be permitted to be landed unless a licence from the President in the Form A1 contained in the Schedule to these Regulations to import them has been previously obtained.

   (3) Arms and ammunition shall only be admitted at the following ports–

ArushaLindiMtwaraPangani
BagamoyoLongidoMusomaSumbawanga
BukobaMbamba BayMwanzaTanga
Dar es SalaamMbeyaMwayaTirene Bay
KigomaMoshiNgaraTukuyu
KilwaTundumaMosiMwadui

PUBLIC WAREHOUSES (regs 7-10)

7.   Rent

   (1) The following rents shall be paid to the Commissioner of Customs for the storage of arms and ammunition in a public warehouse–

   (a)   for every case or box of ammunition per week or part of a week;

10 cents

   (b)   for every firearm per week or part of a week; and

25 cents

   (c)   special charges may be made for packages or cases of abnormal size and for arms of war.

   (2) No rent shall be charged under paragraph (1) for the first day of deposit, or, if such day is a Sunday or public holiday, for the second day of deposit.

   (3) Rents and charges under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be recoverable by suit.

   (4) Subject to any conditions which may be imposed by the Commissioner for Customs, the owner of arms deposited in a public warehouse or his agent or servant shall have access to the arms for the purpose of cleaning them.

   (5) A permit for withdrawal shall not be granted until all charges have been paid, and, if any such charges are in an area for a period of six months, the arms and ammunition may be sold or destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the Commissioner for Customs shall direct.

8.   Registration

   (1) A person who deposits any arms or ammunition in a public warehouse, whether on first importation or on transfer from another warehouse, shall be given a receipt for the same, and shall, deliver, to the officer in charge of the warehouse, an application for registration in Form B in the Schedule to these Regulations.

   (2) The officer in charge of the warehouse shall then register the arms and ammunition in a book in form C in the Schedule to these Regulations.

   (3) The officer in charge of a warehouse may extend the time within which application for registration is to be made, and may allow the application to be made by an agent of the owner.

9.   Marking for identification

   (1) Every arm which, in the opinion of the officer in charge of the warehouse, is not sufficiently marked so as to be easily identified shall, before registration, be stamped with a distinctive letter as mentioned below appropriate to the port of entry and a serial number.

   (2) The following letters shall be used–

Arusha .................................ART
Bagamoyo ...........................B
Bukoba ................................N
Dar es Salaam ....................D
Kigoma ................................K
Kilwa ...................................G
Lindi ....................................L
Longindo .............................AR
Mbamba Bay .......................S
Mbeya ..................................MY
Moshi ...................................O
Mtwara ................................W
Musoma ..............................Q
Mwanza ..............................M
Mwadui ...............................MV
Ngara ..................................X
Pangani ...............................P
Tanga ..................................T
Tunduma ............................TN
Sumbawanga .....................U
Tunduma ............................TN
Tukuyu ................................R

10.   Permit for withdrawal from a public warehouse

   (1) The form of permit for withdrawal from a public warehouse shall be in the form D in the Schedule to these Regulations.

   (2) No permit for withdrawal of arms or ammunition from a public warehouse shall be granted except for the purposes of transfer to another public warehouse or to a private warehouse, unless an arms licence is produced authorizing the applicant for withdrawal to possess such arms and ammunition.

   (3) Permits to withdraw arms or ammunition from a public warehouse shall only be issued by the authorized officer in the district in which the warehouse is situated.

   (4) No permit for the withdrawal of arms or ammunition appearing to be adapted or intended for use for warlike purposes shall be granted without the sanction of the President.

REGISTRATION OF ARMS ALREADY IN THE COUNTRY (regs 11-15)

11.   Production to authorized officer

   (1) Every person having any arms or ammunition, other than arms of war, in his possession at the commencement of the Act shall within three months from the commencement of these Regulations produce them to the authorized officer in the district in which he resides for registration and marking pursuant to section 23 of the Act.

   (2) An authorized officer may dispense with the production of any arms or ammunition where he is satisfied that correct and sufficient particulars have been given to him.

   (3) The authorized officer shall register particulars of all arms or ammunition so produced or of which the production is dispensed with in a register in the Form E in the Schedule to these Regulations, and shall, before registration, cause any arm or packet or ammunition which, in his opinion, is not sufficiently marked so as to be easily identified to be stamped with the letter or letters appropriate to his district or sub-district as mentioned below and with a serial number–

District

Marking

District

Marking

Arusha ...............

AR

Moshi ..................

MS

Bagamoyo .........

BO

Mpwapwa .............

MP

Biharamulo.........

BM

Musoma ...............

MO

Bukoba .............

BK

Mwanza ................

MZ

Chunya ..............

CH

Newala .................

NW

Dodoma .............

DO

Ngara ...................

NG

Iringa ..................

IR

Njombe .................

MN

Kahama ..............

KM

Nzega ...................

LS

Kigoma ...............

KG

Pangani ................

PG

Kilosa .................

KO

Pare .....................

PE

Kilwa ..................

KL

Rufiji .....................

TK

Kondoa ...............

KI

Rungwe ................

RW

Korogwe ..............

KW

Shinyanga ............

SY

Kwimba ...............

KA

Singida .................

SD

Lindi ....................

LD

Tanga ...................

TB

Masai ..................

LG

Tabora ..................

TB

Masasi ................

MI

Tunduru ................

TU

Maswa ................

MW

Ufipa .....................

UF

Mbeya .................

MY

Ulanga ..................

UL

Mbulu ..................

MB

Uzaramo ..............

DS

Mikindani .............

MD

Morogoro .............

MG

Sub-Districts

Handeni ..............

HD

Liwale .................

LW

Kasulu ................

KU

Mafia ..................

MF

Kibondo ..............

BD

Manyoni ..............

ME

12.   Arms licences for individuals

   (1) Subject to the control of the Commissioner of Police, arms licences for arms and ammunition may be issued or renewed by an authorized officer and the Commissioner of Police may issue general or specific directions to any authorized officer and such authorized officer shall comply with any directions so issued.

   (2) Each arm and the ammunition therefor shall be the subject of a separate licence and such licence shall, in the case of the holder being a person normally resident in the country , be in the Form F in the Schedule to these Regulations, and, in the case of the holder being a visitor to the United Republic be in the Form F1 in the Schedule to these Regulations.

   (3)(a) Every application for an arms licence in respect of any arm or ammunition shall, in the case of the applicant being a person normally resident in the United Republic be in the Form N in the Schedule to these Regulations and, in the case of the applicant being a visitor to the United Republic be in the Form N1 in the Schedule to these Regulations and if any such application is for the renewal of a licence shall be accompanied by the last licence therefor.

   (b) Every application for an arms licence in respect of a muzzle-loading firearm or gobori shall be in the Form F2 in the Schedule to these Regulations and in case the application is for the transfer or renewal of a gobori licence be in the Form N2 in the Schedule to these Regulations and accompanied by the last licence therefor.

   (4) No person shall make a false declaration for the purpose of obtaining an arms licence.

   (5) An authorized officer shall have power to refuse to issue or to renew an arms licence to any person without assigning any reason and shall, except in the case of an authorized officer acting under paragraph (c) of regulation 3, report every such refusal to the central office and such a refusal shall be subject to appeal to the President.

   (6) The holder of an arms licence shall–

   (a)   if required at any time to do so by an authorized officer or a police officer, produce for inspection to such officer any firearm or ammunition in respect of which a licence has been issued or otherwise satisfy such officer that the said arm or ammunition is in his possession;

   (b)   report to the authorized officer any change in his permanent address within one month of such change, or in the case of a native holding an arms licence for a muzzle-loading firearm to his native authority.

   (7) In the case of the loss or destruction, through any cause, of any firearm or ammunition, the holder of the licence issued in respect of a arm or ammunition shall forthwith give notice of such loss or destruction to the nearest authorized officer and shall surrender the licence for that firearm or ammunition to such authorized officer:

   Provided that in the case of a native holding an arms licence for a muzzle-loading firearm he shall report the loss or destruction of that firearm to the nearest native authority and shall surrender the licence for that arm to the said native authority.

   (8) [Deleted by G.N. No. 93 of 1959.]

   (9) Every arms licence shall specify the maximum amount of ammunition which the holder is authorized to have in his possession for use in the arm which is the subject of the licence.

   (10) The fees for an arms licence shall be–

   (a)   in respect of a firearm owned by a person ordinarily resident in Tanzania–

      (i)   Shs. 10,000/- for a pistol;

      (ii)   Shs. 5,000/- for a rifle;

      (iii)   Shs. 5,000/- for a shotgun.

   (b)   in respect of a firearm owned by a person not ordinarily resident in Tanzania, US $ 120 for six months for any type of firearm.

   (11) [Deleted by G.N. No. 308 of 1958.]

   (12) No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of a revolver or pistol imported into the United Republic by a military or police officer in the services of the Government as such where such revolver or pistol is part of the equipment of such officer.

   (13)(a) Any officer appointed to the service of the Government as Game Warden, Deputy Game Warden, Senior Game Ranger, Game Ranger, Elephant Control Officer or Conservator [or Assistant Conservator of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area] or Biologist shall, while such officer continues to be in the service of the Game Department of the Government be exempted from the payment of fees for arms licences in respect of one shotgun and two rifles being the property of such officer.

   (14) No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of a rifle which is the property of the Tanzania Rifle Association, whether or not such rifle is in the possession of the said Association.

   (15) No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of a firearm which is the property of the Trustees of the Tanganyika National Parks whether or not such firearm is in the possession of the Trustees.

   (15A) No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of a firearm which is the property of the governing body of the College of African Wildlife Management established under the Wildlife Conservation Act *, whether or not such firearm is in the possession of the said governing body.

   (16) No fee shall be payable for an arms licence in respect of any firearm or ammunition which is the property of the Government.

   For the purpose of this subregulation, shot guns which are owned by a native authority and are used for the extermination of vermin or for the protection of crops or property against damage by animals shall be deemed to be the property of the Government.

   (17) Every arms licence except one issued, to a visitor to the country, shall expire on the 31st March next following the date of the commencement of the validity of such licence, and a visitor's arms licence shall be valid for six months from the date of the issue of that licence.

   (18) A servant not being under the age of fourteen years accompanying his master who holds an arms licence may carry for his master any firearms or ammunition other than a revolver or pistol and the ammunition therefor covered by such arms licence.

   (19) The holder of the arms licence may give a written permit for his servant or carrier, not being under the age of fourteen years, to carry any firearm or ammunition other than a revolver or pistol and the ammunition therefore covered by such arms licence although not accompanied by the holder of the arms licence.

   (20) Where an arms licence has been lost or destroyed, the person to whom such licence was granted shall apply to an authorized officer who after satisfying himself that a current arms licence has been issued previously and on receipt of a fee of five shillings shall issue an arms licence for the firearm and ammunition mentioned in the previous licence in substitution for that licence:

   Provided that in the case of the loss or destruction of an arms licence granted to a native in respect of a muzzle-loading firearm by a native authority the licence-holder shall apply to the native authority which issued the licence and the said native authority may issue a new licence in substitution for that lost or destroyed without payment of a fee.

   (21) Any person who being required to be in possession of an arms licence shall produce the licence on demand by an authorized officer or a police officer.

   (22) The expression "authorized officer" as defined in paragraph (c) of regulation 3 shall, for the purposes of subregulations (6) and (21), include members of the Game Department, native authorities and the individual members of such authorities.

   (23) Where a licence is issued to a body of persons corporate or unincorporated the issue shall be subject to such conditions as to custody and use as the Commissioner of Police may think fit, a licence issued under this subregulation may be revoked at any time.

   (24) Where an arms licence is held by an individual, an authorized officer may, by endorsement on such licence, provide for the use of the firearm and ammunition to which it relates by any named person other than the holder for the purposes of exterminating vermin or protecting crops or other property from damage by wild animals on land either occupied by such holder or in respect of which such holder is employed.

   (25) On the sale or transfer of any firearm or ammunition the holder of a licence issued in respect thereof shall forthwith surrender such licence to an authorized officer:

   Provided that in the case of the sale or transfer of a native-owned muzzle-loading firearm the holder of any licence issued in respect thereof shall forthwith surrender such licence to a native authority.

13.   Arms licence for caravans

   (1) The Commissioner of Police if satisfied that it is necessary for safety that any person proposing to travel in the country should be accompanied by armed porters or askaris may give leave for firearms and ammunition to be supplied to such number of porters or askaris as the Commissioner may think necessary for the protection of the traveller and his caravan.

   (2) If such leave is given under subparagraph 1, the leader of the caravan may be granted by the Commissioner of Police an arms licence which shall specify the number and description of fire-arms and ammunition which may be supplied to porters and askaris.

   (3) The arms licence granted under subparagraph (2) shall be sufficient authority for porters or askaris up to the number mentioned therein and while actually on ammunition specified in the licence and such licence may be revoked at any time.

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