APPENDIX A

Title 63
Crimes and Punishment
(Trust Territory Code (1980))

CHAPTER 8
WEAPONS

Subchapter I
General Provisions

551.  Short title
552.  Manufacture, sale or possession of firearms and dangerous devices
553.  Exemptions from provisions of chapter
554.  Definitions
555.  Identification cards
556.  Identification card prerequisite to purchase, possession and use; prima facie evidence of possession
557.  Carrying firearms
558.  New residents,temporary residents and visitors of the Trust Territory.
559.  Law enforcement officers
560.  Licenses for transfer;required
561.  Same; issuance and renewal of dealer's license
562.  Same; display; conduct of dealer's business.
566.   Private sales or transfers
571.  Shipment and delivery of firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition.
572.  Loss, destruction or theft of firearms or dangerous devices.
574.  Forfeiture of unlawful item.
575.  Closing of establishments during emergencies.  
577.  Surrender of and compensation for weapons held on effective date by ineligible persons.
578.  Local laws.
579.  Authority of Attorney General to promulgate regulations.
580.  Fees for licenses and identification cards.
 
551.  Short title.  This chapter is known and may be cited as the "Trust Territory Weapons Control Act." (P.L. No. 4C-13, 1.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 551, modified.

552.  Manufacture, sale or possession of firearms and dangerous devices.  No person shall manufacture, purchase, sell, possess or carry any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition other than as hereinafter provided.(P.L. No. 4C-13, 2.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 552, modified.

553.  Exemptions from provisions of chapter.  This chapter shall not apply to:

     (1)  Law enforcement officers while engaged on official duty except to the extent that particular provisions of this subchapter are expressly made applicable to them.

     (2)  Firearms which are in unserviceable condition and which are incapable of being fired or discharged and which are kept as curios, ornaments or for their historical significance or value.

     (3)  Weapons or other dangerous devices which are not firearms and which are kept as ornaments, curios, or objects of historical or archeological interest; provided, that the article or articles referred to herein are kept or displayed only in private homes, museums, or in connection with public exhibitions.

     (4)  Persons in the armed forces of the United States, whenever such persons are engaged on official duty except to the extent that particular provisions of this chapter are expressly made applicable to them.

     (5)  Persons designated by the Attorney General as crocodile hunters; provided, however, that not more than one person shall be so designated at any one time; and provided further that the Attorney General shall by regulation limit the size and type of weapons which may be used by such crocodile hunter. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 3; P.L. No. 4C-10, 3; P.L. No. 4C-40.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 553, modified.

554.  Definitions.

     (1)  "Firearm" means any device, by whatever name known, which is designed or may be converted to expel or hurl a projectile or projectiles by the action of an explosion, a release, or an expansion of gas, including but not limited to guns, except a device designed or redesigned for use solely as a signaling, linethrowing, spearfishing, or industrial device, or a device which hurls a projectile by means of the release or expansion of carbon dioxide or air.

     (2)  "Dangerous device" means any explosive, incendiary or poison gas bomb, grenade, mine or similar device, switch or gravity blade knife, blackjack, sandbag, metal, wooden or shark's tooth knuckles, dagger, any instrument designed or redesigned for use as a weapon, or any other instrument which can be used for the purpose of inflicting bodily harm and which under the circumstances of its possession serves no lawful purpose.

     (3)  "Handgun" means a pistol or revolver with an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.

     (4)  "Long gun" means a rifle with one or more barrels more than eighteen inches in length.

     (5)  "Gun" means a handgun or long gun.

     (6)  "Transfer" means sale, gift, purchase or any other means by which ownership or temporary rights of use and control are conveyed or shifted from one person to another.

     (7)  "Carry" means having on one's person or in a motor vehicle or other conveyance.

     (8)  "Automatic weapon" means a weapon of any description irrespective of size, by whatever name designated or known, loaded or unloaded, from which may be repeatedly or automatically discharged a number of bullets contained in a magazine, ribbon or other receptacle, by one continued movement of the trigger or firing mechanism.

     (9)  "Semi-automatic weapon" means a weapon of any description irrespective of size, by whatever name designated or known, loaded or unloaded, from which may be repeatedly or automatically discharged a number of bullets contained in a magazine, ribbon or other receptacle by a like number of movements of the trigger or firing mechanism without recocking or resetting the trigger or firing mechanism.

     (10)  "Person" means any natural person, corporation, partnership, or other business entity. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 4; P.L. No. 4C-40, 2; P.L. No. 5-61, 1.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 554, modified.

555.  Identification cards.

     (1)  No person shall acquire or possess any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition unless he holds an identification card issued pursuant to this chapter.  The identification card is evidence of the holder's eligibility to possess and use or carry firearms, dangerous devices, or ammunition.

     (2)  Identification cards shall be issued only by the office of the Attorney General pursuant to regulations made by the office of the Attorney General in the manner which is or may be provided by law. The identification card shall have on its face all of the following:

(a)  The name and address of the holder.

(b)  The sex, height and weight of the holder.

(c)  The birth date of the holder.

(d)  The date of expiration for the card which shall be two years from the date of issue.

(e)  A photograph of the holder taken within ten days prior to issuance.

(f)  An endorsement setting forth the extent of the holder's eligibility to possess, use and carry firearms, dangerous devices, or ammunition.

(g)  The number of the identification card.

     (3)  An applicant for an identification card shall make application therefor on a form approved by the office of the Attorney General and shall supply such information as may be necessary to afford the issuing agency reasonable opportunity to ascertain the facts required to appear on the face of the identification card, and to determine whether the applicant complies with all requirements of this chapter to possess and use, or carry, firearms, dangerous devices, or ammunition, as the case may be.

     (4)  No identification card shall issue until fifteen days after application therefor, and unless the issuing agency is satisfied that the applicant may lawfully possess and use, or carry firearms, dangerous devices, or ammunition of the type or types enumerated on the identification card.  Unless the application for use and possession is denied, the identification card shall issue within sixty days from the date of application.

     (5)  No person shall be issued an identification card if he has been:

(a)  Acquitted of any criminal charge by reason of insanity.

(b)  Adjudicated mentally incompetent.

(c)  Treated in a hospital for mental illness, drug addiction or alcoholism.

(d)  Convicted of a crime of which actual or attempted personal injury or death is an element.

(e)  Convicted of a crime in connection with which firearms or dangerous devices were used or found in his possession.

(f)  Convicted of a crime of which the use, possession or sale of narcotics or dangerous drugs is an element.

     (6)  No person shall be issued an identification card if he has a physical condition or impairment which makes him unable to use a firearm or dangerous device with proper control.

     (7)  Any person suffering from a physical or mental defect, condition, illness or impairment which would make him ineligible for an identification card pursuant to this section may submit the certificate of a physician licensed to practice in the Trust Territory to the issuing agency or officer.  If the certificate states that it is the subscribing physician's best opinion that the defect, condition, illness or impairment does not make the applicant incapable of possessing and using a firearm or dangerous device without danger to the public safety, the identification card may be issued. But no such card shall be valid for a period longer than six months.

     (8)  Any person who is ineligible for an identification card by reason of conviction of crime may be issued such a card if his most recent discharge from probation or parole or the termination of his most recent sentence, whichever is later, is more than ten years prior to the time of application for the identification card and if the issuing agency finds that his record, taken as a whole, does not indicate that his possessing and using, or carrying, a firearm or dangerous device, as the case may be, are not likely to constitute a special danger to the public safety.

     (9)  The holder of an identification card shall have it on or about his person at all times when he is carrying or using a firearm or dangerous device and shall display the card upon the request of any law enforcement official.

     (10)  A duplicate identification card may be issued to the holder of a lost, destroyed or defaced identification card upon proof of such loss, destruction or defacement as the office of the Attorney General may require, upon payment of the fee required by section 580 of this title and upon surrender of any remaining portion of the original card.  Notice shall be given the office of the Attorney General by the holder within forty-eight hours of his discovery of such loss, defacement or destruction. The holder shall notify the office of the Attorney General of any change of name or address from those appearing upon the identification card within forty-eight hours of such change.

     (11)  A person who is neither a citizen nor resident of the Trust Territory shall not be eligible for an identification card, except upon receiving special permission from the Attorney General. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 5.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 555, modified.

556.  Identification card prerequisite to purchase, possession and use; prima facie evidence of possession.

     (1)  No person shall purchase, possess or use a firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition unless he is the holder of an identification card issued pursuant to this chapter evidencing the eligibility of such person to purchase, possess and use a firearm, dangerous device or ammunition. Such person shall be at least twenty-one years of age.

     (2)  Where a firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition is found in a vehicle or vessel, it shall be prima facie evidence that such firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition is in the possession of the occupant if there is but one.  If there is more than one occupant, it shall be prima facie evidence that it in is the possession of all, except under the following circumstances:

(a)  Where it is found upon the person of one of the occupants;

(b)  Where the vehicle or vessel is not a stolen one and the firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition is out of view in a glove compartment, automobile trunk, or other enclosed customary depository, in which case it is prima facie evidence that such firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition is in the possession of the occupant or occupants who own or have authority to operate the vehicle or vessel;

(c)  Where, in the case of a taxicab, the firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition is found in the passengers' portion of the vehicle, it shall be prima facie evidence that it is in the possession of all the passengers, if there are any, and, if not, that it is in the possession of the driver. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 6; P.L. NO. 5-61, 2.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 556, modified.

557.  Carrying firearms.  No person shall carry a firearm unless he has in his immediate possession a valid identification card, and is carrying the firearm unloaded in a closed case or other securely wrapped or closed package or container, or locked in the trunk of his vehicle while en route to or from a target range, or area where he hunts, or takes part in other sports involving firearms, or carries the firearm in plain sight on his person while actively engaged in hunting or sports involving the use of firearms. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 7.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 557, modified.

558.  New residents, temporary residents and visitors of the Trust Territory.  Visitors, new residents, and temporary residents in the Trust Territory shall not import, transport, purchase, u se or possess any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition in the Trust Territory without an identification card issued pursuant to this subchapter.  Any person who possesses any firearms, dangerous devices, or ammunition shall, before or immediately upon his entrance into the Trust Territory, turn it in to the Attorney General's office or the chief of police of any district of the Trust Territory.  Such firearm, dangerous device or ammunition shall be returned to such person upon his being issued an identification card pursuant to the provisions of this subchapter or upon his departure from the Trust Territory. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 8.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 558, modified.

559.  Law enforcement officers.

     (1)  Possession, use and carriage of firearms, ammunition and dangerous devices by law enforcement officers derives from the laws governing the powers, functions and organization of the police and other organized forces of peace officers.  Eligibility of law enforcement officers to possess, use and carry firearms, ammunition or dangerous devices while on duty is not subject to the holding of identification cards or any other qualifications prescribed in this subchapter or in regulations pursuant thereto.

     (2)  Transfer of any firearm from or to a law enforcement officer or agency shall, except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, be subject to the provisions of this subchapter and regulations made pursuant thereto.

     (3)  The head of a law enforcement agency of the Trust Territory or any subdivision thereof shall furnish to the office of the Attorney General the names, addresses, ranks and badge numbers or similar identification of each person on his force who is authorized to possess, use and carry firearms in the course of his official duty.  Upon the occurrence of any changes in personnel to whom this subsection applies, the head of the law enforcement agency shall inform the office of the Attorney General promptly of the change.

     (4)  Whenever a law enforcement officer is not engaged in official duties, this subchapter shall be applicable to him in the same manner and to the same extent as to any other person. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 9.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 559, modified.

560.  Licenses for transfer; required.

     (1)  No dealer, manufacturer or wholesaler shall transfer firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition except pursuant to a license therefor as provided in this section.

     (2)  Any person, firm, corporation, association or other entity proposing to engage in the business of selling firearms, ammunition, and dangerous devices at retail shall apply for a dealer's license.  The application shall be on a form approved by the office of the Attorney General and shall contain the following information:

(a)  The name and address of the applicant, including the address of each separate location within the Trust Territory at which the applicant proposes to do business pursuant to the license; and

(b)  If the applicant is a partnership or association, the names and addresses of the partners or associates, or if the applicant is a corporation, the names and addresses of the officers and directors; and

(c)  Such other information bearing on the applicant's ability to operate the business in a manner consonant with the public safety as the office of the Attorney General may require. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 10.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 560, modified.

561.  Same; issuance and renewal of dealer's license.

     (1)  Upon receipt of a proper application and payment of the prescribed fee, the office of the Attorney General shall within sixty days issue a dealer's license to an applicant, if he is found to be eligible therefor pursuant to this subchapter and any applicable regulations of the Attorney General.  Such regulations shall place a reasonable limit on number of dealers.  The license shall list the types of firearms, ammunition, and dangerous devices which the dealer has been authorized to offer for sale.

     (2)  A license issued pursuant to this section shall be valid for one year from the date of its issuance, unless sooner cancelled, suspended or revoked.  A license shall bear the expiration date thereof on its face.

     (3)  A license issued pursuant to this section may be renewed annually upon application by the holder made on a form approved by the office of the Attorney General.  Eligibility for renewal shall be on the same terms and conditions as for an original license, except that renewal also may be denied on account of violation of this subchapter or regulations of the office of the Attorney General made pursuant thereto or for any conduct in the operation of the applicant's business which gives the office of the Attorney General grounds to believe that the applicant will no longer operate in a manner consonant with the public safety. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 11.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 561, modified.

562.  Same; display; conduct of dealer's business.  The holder of a dealer's license shall:

     (1)  Display his license in a conspicuous place at all times at the establishment described in the license.  If a dealer has more than one place of business at which he sells firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition or any of them, he shall display in the same manner a certified copy of his license at each such additional place of business.

     (2)  Keep the records and file the reports required by this subchapter and regulations made pursuant thereto.

     (3)  Display no firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition in any place where they can be seen from outside the premises.

     (4)  Keep all firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition in a securely locked place at all times except when they are actually being shown to a customer or prospective customer or when actually being repaired or otherwise worked on.

     (5)  Permit only employees who are holders of identification cards making them eligible to purchase, possess and use firearms, ammunition or dangerous devices, to have access to firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 12.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 562, modified.

563.  Records and reports by dealers.

     (1)  Every licensed dealer shall maintain records containing an inventory of firearms, dangerous devices, and ammunition or any of them received together with the name and address of the person from whom received, and the manufacturer, type and serial number of each firearm and dangerous device, the name and address of the person to whom transferred, the identification card number of such person, the manufacturer, type and serial number of the gun or dangerous device transferred and the date of transfer. Such records shall be available for inspection at all reasonable times by the office of the Attorney General and his duly designated representatives.  Such records shall be retained at least five years.

     (2)  Every dealer, at the time of any transfer of any firearm or dangerous device to any person other than a licensed dealer shall, within twenty-four hours of the transfer, supply the following information to the office of the Attorney General on a form approved by it:

(a)  The name, address and license number of the dealer.

(b)  The manufacturer, type and serial number of firearm or dangerous device transferred.  No firearm shall be transferred which does not have a serial number or from which the serial number has been removed, defaced, or altered.

(c)  The name, address and identification card number of the transferee. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 13.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 563, modified.

564.  Repair of firearms.

     (1)  No person, other than a dealer or manufacturer licensed pursuant to this subchapter shall repair firearms or accept the same for repair.

     (2)  No person shall accept any firearms for repair unless he is shown an identification card evidencing eligibility of the holder to possess and use a firearm of the type offered for repair.  Prior to returning any such firearm, the manufacturer or dealer shall make and keep a record identical with that required for the purchase of a firearm pursuant to section 563 of this title, and shall maintain such record for at least one year.

     (3)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the repair or maintenance of a firearm by the owner thereof. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 14.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 564, modified.

565.  Transfer or sale of ammunition.

     (1)  No person may transfer ammunition, unless he is a manufacturer, wholesaler or dealer licensed pursuant to this subchapter.  If the transfer is other than to another manufacturer, wholesaler or dealer, the transfer shall not be made until the transferor has ascertained that the transferee is the holder of an identification card evidencing eligibility to possess and use a firearm of the type for which the ammunition is suited. Upon transfer the transferor shall record the quantity, type and caliber or gauge transferred, the name and address of the transferee and the number of the transferee's identification card.

     (2)  No transferee of ammunition shall transfer it to any person other than a dealer licensed pursuant to this subchapter. Upon receipt of ammunition, the dealer shall make and keep all records with respect to the ammunition in the manner required by this section for ammunition sold by him. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 15.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 565, modified.

566.  Private sales or transfers.  No person other than a manufacturer, wholesaler or dealer licensed pursuant to this subchapter shall transfer a firearm or dangerous device to any person other than a manufacturer, wholesaler or dealer without first ascertaining that the transferee is the holder of an identification card issued pursuant to this subchapter.  Prior to any such transfer, the transferor shall furnish to the office of the Attorney General in person or by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, a properly completed form approved by the office of the Attorney General providing information equivalent to that required to be furnished by a dealer upon the transfer by him of a firearm or dangerous device. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 16.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 566, modified.

567.  Receipt or use as security.

     (1)  No person, other than a licensed dealer, shall receive a firearm as a pledge or pawn, or in any other manner as security.
 
     (2)  A dealer receiving a firearm as a pledge, pawn or otherwise, as security, shall record promptly (a) the date of receipt, (b) the full description of the item or items received, including the manufacturer, type and serial number or numbers, if any, (c) the name and address of the person making the pledge, pawn, or other deposit as security, and (d) the number of said person's identification card.  No dealer shall accept the pledge, pawn, or other deposit as security unless the person making the same exhibits an identification card evidencing his entitlement to possess and use a gun of the type involved.

     (3)  Upon the return or other disposition of the firearm in his possession pursuant to this section, the dealer shall make a record of the return or other disposition, including the date thereof and the name and address of the person to whom the firearm was returned or disposed.  No firearm shall be returned or disposed of to any person who, at the time of such return or disposition, does not exhibit a valid identification card issued in his own name and entitling him to possess and use the firearm involved. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 17.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 567, modified.

568.  Manufacturers and wholesalers.

     (1)  No person shall manufacture or deal in firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition at wholesale unless:

(a)  He is the holder of a dealer's license issued pursuant to section 561 of this title; or

(b)  He is the holder of a license issued pursuant to this section.

     (2)  Any person proposing to manufacture or deal at wholesale in firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition, which person is not the holder of a dealer's license, shall make application for a manufacturer's or wholesaler's license. Such application shall contain the same information required for a dealer's license and any additional information required by the Attorney General as may be appropriate to administer this subchapter.  No manufacturer's license or wholesaler's license shall authorize transfer or delivery within the Trust Territory except to a licensed dealer, manufacturer or wholesaler or to a political subdivision of the Trust Territory or, subject to applicable laws of the Trust Territory, for export.

     (3)  The office of the Attorney General shall issue, renew, cancel, deny, suspend or revoke manufacturers' and wholesalers' licenses on the same terms and subject to the same conditions as provided for dealers' licenses.

     (4)  Every manufacturer shall assign a unique serial number to each firearm manufactured by him and shall inscribe such number in or on the firearm in such manner as will resist removal, alteration, defacement or obliteration.  The office of the Attorney General may make regulations for the style of such serial numbers and for the manner of their inscription. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 18.)
          Source:  63 TTC 8 568, modified.

569.  Registry of firearms and ammunition.

     (1)  The office of the Attorney General shall maintain a registry of firearms.  The records in the registry shall be kept permanently unless there is a record of the destruction of the gun.

     (2)  Records kept in the registry shall include all records required to be filed with the office of the Attorney General pursuant to this subchapter, copies of all records filed with an agency or officer of local government pursuant to this subchapter, and any records deposited with the office of the Attorney General pursuant to subsection (3) of this section.

     (3)  Any dealer, manufacturer or wholesaler licensed pursuant to this subchapter, upon his discontinuance of the licensed business or activity, shall transmit all records kept by him pursuant to this subchapter to the office of the Attorney General.

     (4)  Records relating to the repair of firearms shall be kept by the office of the Attorney General for a period of at least five years after transmittal.

     (5)  Records in the registry shall not be public records. They shall be made available only to law enforcement officers of the Trust Territory or its subdivisions, or at the discretion of the office of the Attorney General, to law enforcement officers and agencies of foreign governments. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 19.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 569, modified.

570.  Cancellation, denial, suspension and revocation of licenses.

     (1)  Any license issued pursuant to this subchapter shall be surrendered for cancellation immediately on the discontinuance or termination of business or upon the holder's discontinuing the manufacturing, selling, acquisition for sale or repair of firearms and the sale of ammunition.

     (2)  The issuing officer or agency may deny, suspend or revoke an identification card or a license issued pursuant to this subchapter for failure of the applicant or holder to meet or continue to meet any of the requirements for eligibility therefor, or for any violation of this subchapter or regulations in force pursuant thereto.

     (3)  The office of the Attorney General by regulation shall make classifications of offenses and other violations of this subchapter or regulations in force thereunder.  Regulations made pursuant to this subsection shall set forth those offenses and violations for which identification cards and licenses may be suspended or revoked, and those for which the penalty must be revocation.  Such regulations shall be of general application.

     (4)  Any person who, by reason of the suspension or revocation of his identification card, is no longer eligible to continue in possession of a firearm, dangerous device or ammunition shall surrender any and all firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition to a district chief of police, or shall dispose of the firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition forthwith under the direction and supervision of a district chief of police.  In the case of suspension of an identification card, the owner of the firearm, dangerous device or ammunition may request that the constabulary keep same during the period of suspension and, except as herein provided, the firearm, dangerous device or ammunition shall be restored to the owner when he again becomes eligible to possess same and requests return.  Any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition in the possession of a district chief of police pursuant to this subsection may be disposed of, without compensation to the owner, upon revocation of the suspended identification card or at the end of sixty days after receipt or the date of termination of the suspension, whichever is later. However, if proceedings in connection with the suspension or revocation are not yet finally determined, disposal shall not be until such final determination has been made.

     (5)  Any denial, suspension or revocation of an identification card or a license shall be subject to review by the High Commissioner upon request by the aggrieved person, and thereafter to the district court of any district having jurisdiction thereof. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 20.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 570, modified.

571.  Shipment and delivery of firearms, dangerous devices and ammunition.  (1)  No person shall ship, transport or deliver any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition to anyone other than a licensed manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person who possesses a valid identification card.

     (2)  Any person who ships, transports or delivers firearms or dangerous devices to a manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card in the Trust Territory shall, before delivery, furnish to the office of the Attorney General an invoice listing his name and address, the name and address of the manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing the identification card to whom such firearms or dangerous devices are to be delivered, the place of origin of the shipment, the number of firearms and dangerous devices of each type and the manufacturer and serial number of each firearm and dangerous device in the shipment.

     (3)  Any person who ships, transports or delivers ammunition to a manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card in the Trust Territory shall, before delivery, furnish to the office of the Attorney General an invoice listing his name and address, the name and address of the manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card to whom the ammunition is to be delivered, the place of origin of the shipment and the quantity of ammunition of each type in the shipment.

     (4)  If shipment is by common carrier, a copy of the invoice required by subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall also be delivered to the common carrier.  The common carrier shall deliver the invoice and any said shipment to the district chief of police who will verify the accuracy of the shipment, and compliance with this subchapter, before delivery to the manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card.  A copy of the invoice shall be left with the manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card at the time of delivery.

     (5)  If shipment is by other than common carrier, a copy of the invoice shall be furnished to the manufacturer, wholesaler, dealer or person possessing an identification card at the time of delivery.

     (6)  No person shall ship, transport, or deliver firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition via air without first complying with international regulations pertaining to air shipment of firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 21.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 571, modified.

572.  Loss, destruction or theft of firearms or dangerous devices. Whoever owns or possesses a firearm or dangerous device shall, within twenty-four hours of discovery, notify the office of the Attorney General of the loss, theft or destruction of any such firearm or dangerous device and, after such notice, of recovery thereof. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 22.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 572, modified.

573.  Prohibited acts.  No person shall:

     (1)  Knowingly remove, obliterate or alter the importer's or manufacturer's serial number of any firearm.

     (2)  Knowingly deface, alter or destroy an identification card.

     (3)  Acquire, possess or use any firearm silencer or muffler.

     (4)  Carry any gun or dangerous device while under the influence of alcohol or narcotic or other disabling drug.

     (5)  Import, sell, transfer, give away, purchase, possess or use any handgun, automatic weapon, rifle larger than .22 caliber, shotgun larger than .410 gauge, or any other firearm.

     (6)  Board or attempt to board any commercial aircraft while carrying any firearm, dangerous device or ammunition, either on his person or in his luggage.  Such firearm, dangerous device or ammunition shall be turned in prior to departure to an appropriate official or to the pilot of the airline or aircraft concerned, who shall keep a record of the name of the person turning in such firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition, and the type and quantity turned in.  Upon completion of such person's travel, the official of the airline or pilot of the aircraft shall personally deliver the article or articles turned in to the police chief of the district in which such completion took place, or to his delegate.  Such person may reobtain the article or articles turned in upon either:
     (a)  Presentation of a valid identification card or license for such article or articles to the police officer having custody thereof, or

(b)  departure from the district.

     (7)  Use or attempt to use any firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition in connection with or in aid of the commission of any crime against the laws of the Trust Territory, except those set forth under other provisions of this subchapter. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 23; P.L. No. 4C-40, 1.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 573, modified.

574.  Forfeiture of unlawful item.  All firearms, dangerous devices or ammunition unlawfully possessed, carried, used, shipped, transported or delivered into the Trust Territory are declared to be inimical to the public safety and are forfeited to the Trust Territory.  When such forfeited articles are taken from any person, they shall be surrendered to the office of the Attorney General. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 24.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 574, modified.

575.  Closing of establishments during emergencies.  In case of emergency concerning the public safety declared by the High Commissioner or any district administrator, all establishments dealing in guns, dangerous devices or ammunition may be ordered closed by such official and required to remain closed during the continuance of the emergency.  During any such closure, any and all guns, dangerous devices and ammunition belonging to or in the keeping of a closed establishment may be impounded. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 25.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 575, modified.

576.  Registration of weapons possessed on effective date of chapter.

     (1)  Any person having in his possession a firearm or dangerous device on the effective date of this subchapter shall, within ninety days of such effective date, furnish on a form approved by the office of the Attorney General to the agency or officer authorized to receive information concerning the transfer of firearms or dangerous devices pursuant to this subchapter, equivalent information concerning any firearm or dangerous device in his possession.

     (2)  If, prior to the expiration of the ninety-day period provided in subsection (1), the firearm is transferred, the transferor shall comply with the provisions of this subchapter for furnishing of information on transfer and need not comply with subsection (1) of this section. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 26.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 576, modified.

577.  Surrender of and compensation for weapons held on effective date by ineligible persons.  Any person who possessed any firearm or dangerous device in the Trust Territory prior to the effective date of this subchapter, and who is determined to be ineligible to possess or is prohibited from possessing such firearm or dangerous device under this subchapter, shall tender such firearm or dangerous device to the office of the Attorney General or his delegate within ninety days of the effective date of this subchapter and be reasonably compensated therefor. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 27.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 577, modified.

578.  Local laws.  Nothing in this subchapter shall be deemed to prevent any district or municipality from further restricting, by local law or ordinance, the transfer, possession, use or carriage of firearms, ammunition or dangerous devices.  This subchapter shall supersede all district laws and municipal ordinances in conflict with this subchapter. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 28.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 578, modified.

579.  Authority of Attorney General to promulgate regulations.  The office of the Attorney General shall have power to issue, amend and repeal regulations implementing this subchapter in the manner which is or may be provided by law, as may be required by the public interest, safety and welfare. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 29.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 579, modified.

580.  Fees for licenses and identification cards.  The fees for issuance and renewal of licenses and identification cards as required by this subchapter shall be as follows:

     (1)  For an identification card, twenty dollars.

     (2)  For a dealer's license, one hundred fifty dollars.

     (3)  For a manufacturer's license, five hundred dollars.

     (4)  For a wholesaler's license, five hundred dollars.

     (5)  For replacement of lost, destroyed, or defaced identification card, five dollars.

     Fees collected pursuant to the provisions of this subchapter shall be paid to the treasurer of the Trust Territory and become part of the general fund of the Congress of Micronesia as local revenue realization available for appropriation by the Congress of Micronesia. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 30.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 580, modified.

581.  Penalties for violation of chapter.

     (1)  Any person who, being the holder of a valid identification card, fails to comply with section 557 of this title shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars, or imprisoned not more than three months, or both.

     (2)  Any person who violates any other provisions of this subchapter or any regulations issued pursuant thereto shall be guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both, and shall be subject to confiscation of any firearm, dangerous device, or ammunition, without compensation, involved in a violation of this subchapter.  The holder of any dealer's license, or the manager or supervisor of employees of any establishment so licensed, or both, shall be liable for any violation of this subchapter by his employee or agent committed in the course of the dealer's business, to the same extent as such employee or agent. (P.L. No. 4C-13, 31; P.L. No. 6-100, 1.)

          Source:  63 TTC 8 581, modified.