Firearms Act, 1964

Possession of firearm while taking vehicle without authority.

26.—(1) A person who contravenes subsection (1) of section 112 of the Road Traffic Act, 1961 , and who at the time of such contravention has with him a firearm or an imitation firearm shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds or, at the discretion of the court, to penal servitude for a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and penal servitude.

(2) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section, it shall be a good defence to the charge for him to show that he had the firearm or imitation firearm to which the charge relates with him for a lawful purpose when he did the act alleged to constitute the offence under subsection (1) of the said section 112.