Chemical Weapons Act, 1997


Chemical Weapons and Chemicals for Permitted Purposes

Chemical weapons.

3.—(1) No person shall—

(a) produce, develop, retain, use or transfer, directly or indirectly to anyone, a chemical weapon or assist another person to produce, develop, retain, use or transfer a chemical weapon,

(b) construct, convert, maintain or use any premises or equipment for a purpose referred to in paragraph (a) or assist another person to do any of those things for such a purpose, or

(c) engage in preparations of a military nature to use a chemical weapon.

(2) In determining whether a toxic chemical or precursor is a chemical weapon, the type and quantities of chemicals or precursors shall be taken into account.

(3) Any action referred to in subsection (1) undertaken outside the State by a citizen of the State shall be deemed to have been undertaken at any place within the State.

(4) A person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable—

(a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £1,500, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or both, or

(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life or for a lesser term.