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These regulations amend the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 to bolster the non-firearms weapons import provisions.
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Registered 09 Aug 2019
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Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Weapons) Regulations 2019

I, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 08 August 2019

David Hurley

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Jason Wood

Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Home Affairs

 

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                                          2

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956                                                                            2

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Amendment (Weapons) Regulations 2019.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered.

10 August 2019

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Customs Act 1901.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956

1  Subparagraph 3A(a)(xiv)

Omit “Tonga;”, substitute “Tonga; and”.

2  Subparagraphs 3A(xv) and (xvi)

Repeal the subparagraphs.

3  Regulation 3B

Repeal the regulation.

4  Subregulation 4F(2A)

Repeal the subregulation.

5  Paragraph 4H(2)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

6  After paragraph 2.2(c) of Part 1 of Schedule 13

Insert:

                     (d)  the good is a flamethrower, or similar device, of a kind mentioned in item 46 of Part 2 of this Schedule, or a part mentioned in item 47 of that Part, to be imported in the following circumstances:

                              (i)  either:

                                        (A)  for use in an entertainment production or performance approved by the State or Territory in which the good is to be used; or

                                        (B)  for the purpose of fire prevention or fire control activities approved by the State or Territory in which the good is to be used;

                             (ii)  if the importer is required to hold a licence or authorisation to possess the good in the State or Territory in which the good is to be used—the importer holds a licence or authorisation of that kind; or

7  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 1, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Omit “Flame throwers”, substitute “Flamethrowers”.

8  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 1, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Omit “Gases or liquids”, substitute “Gases, liquids, powders, gels or other substances”.

9  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (cell at table item 9, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

 

Nunchakus or similar devices

10  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 10, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “Crossbows”, insert “or similar devices”.

11  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 11, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “crossbows”, insert “or similar devices”.

12  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (cell at table item 21, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

 

Hunting slings, catapults, sling shots or similar devices designed for use with, or a component part of which is:

(a) a brace that:

(i) fits or rests upon the forearm or upon another part of the body of the user; and

(ii) supports the wrist or forearm against the tensions of any material used to propel a projectile; or

(b) a tensioning, locking or triggering device, or similar component, designed or adapted to assist in propelling a projectile

13  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 22, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Omit “or sling shots”, substitute “, sling shots or similar devices”.

14  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (after table item 28)

Insert:

 

28A

Karambits or similar devices

The importation must comply with at least one of the following tests:

(a) the official purposes test;

(b) the specified purposes test;

(c) the dealer test;

(d) the returned goods test;

(e) the public interest test;

(f) the national interest test

15  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 29, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Omit “or throwing axes”, substitute “, throwing axes or similar devices”.

16  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 30, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

Omit “or spikes”, substitute “, spikes or similar devices”.

17  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 31, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “foot claws”, insert “or similar devices”.

18  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table items 39 and 40, column headed “Requirements”, after paragraph (d))

Insert:

(da) the police certification test;

19  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 41, column headed “Requirements”, after paragraph (e))

Insert:

(ea) the police certification test;

20  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 42, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “telescopic batons”, insert “, or similar devices”.

21  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 42, column headed “Requirements”, after paragraph (e))

Insert:

(ea) the police certification test;

22  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 43, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “telescopic batons”, insert “, or similar devices,”.

23  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 43, column headed “Requirements”, after paragraph (e))

Insert:

(ea) the police certification test;

24  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 44, column headed “Weapons and weapon parts”)

After “pointers,”, insert “or similar devices,”.

25  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (table item 44, column headed “Requirements”, after paragraph (e))

Insert:

(ea) the police certification test;

26  Part 2 of Schedule 13 (at the end of the table)

Add:

 

46

Flamethrowers or similar devices (other than those to which item 1 applies), including hand‑held or portable flamethrowers or flame projectors

The importation must comply with at least one of the following tests:

(a) the official purposes test;

(b) the specified purposes test;

(c) the public interest test;

(d) the national interest test

47

Parts for flamethrowers or similar devices to which item 46 applies

The importation must comply with at least one of the following tests:

(a) the official purposes test;

(b) the specified purposes test;

(c) the public interest test;

(d) the national interest test