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IN exercise of the powers conferred on the Secretary responsible for the Interior by section 2 of the Public Order Decree, 1972 (N.R.C.D. 68) this instrument is made this 26th day of September, 1985.

Section 1—Prohibition of Manufacture, Possession and Carrying of Arms.

No person shall manufacture, possess or carry any arms or ammunition within the area of authority of the Bawku District Council.

Section 2—Military, Police Personnel on Duty Exempted.

Paragraph  1 of this Instrument shall not apply to any member of the Armed Forces on duty or a Police Officer on duty or any person duly authorised in writing by the Secretary responsible for the Interior.

Section 3—Deposit of Arms and Ammunition with the Police.

Any person who on the coming into force of this Instrument is in possession of any arms and ammunition within the Bawku District shall on the coming into force of this Instrument deposit such arms and ammunition with the officer in charge of the nearest Police Station.      

(2) Any arms or ammunition deposited under sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph shall be returned to the persons entitled thereto when this Instrument is revoked or otherwise ceases to have effect.

Section 4—Police Officer to Arrest without Warrant.

A Police officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he suspects on reasonable grounds of manufacturing, possessing or carrying arms or ammunition in contravention of the provisions of this Instrument.

Section 5—Offence.

A person who contravenes the provisions of this Instrument commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ˘5,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both.

Section 6—Interpretation.

In this Instrument—

"ammunition" includes explosives, all munitions of war and all materials for loading firearms;

“arms” includes firearms and offensive weapons of all descriptions, artillery, apparatus for the discharge of all kinds of projectiles, explosive or gas diffusing flame-throwers, bombs, grenades, machine guns and rifled small bore breech-loading weapons of all kinds, and includes also all parts of any of the foregoing;

“ firearms” includes any gun, rifle, machine-gun, cap-gun, flint-lick gun or pistol, revolver, pistol, cannon or other firearm and any air gun, air rifle or air pistol, whether whole or in detached pieces;

“offensive weapon” means an article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person or intended by the person having it with him for such use by him.


P.N.D.C. Secretary Responsible for the Interior

25th November, 1985 


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