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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 6th day of November, 1985.

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

No person shall manufacture, possess or carry any arms or ammunition within the Dagomba Traditional Area.

Section 2—Military Police, Prison Personnel on Duty Exempted.

Paragraph 1 of this Instrument shall not apply to the following—

(a) a member of the Armed Forces on duty;

(b) a member of the Police Force on duty;

(c) a member of the Prisons Service on duty;

(d) a 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 or ammunition within the Dagomba Traditional Area shall on the coming into force of this Instrument deposit such arms and ammunition with the officer-in-charge of the nearest Police Station.

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 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, explosives 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-lock gun or pistol, revolver, pistol cannon or other firearms 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


Secretary Responsible for the Interior



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