OFFENSIVE WEAPONS ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Prohibition of the importation of offensive weapons.

3. Damage to property by use of offensive weapons.

4. Attempt to cause death or injury and causing of injury with offensive weapons.

5. Attempts to commit offences under this Act.

6. Abetment of offences under this Act.

7. Power of police to arrest without a warrant.

8. Power of police to search premises.

9. Offences under this Act to be cognizable offences.

10. Offences under this Act to be non-bailable except on the order of the High Court of the Province

11. Chapter XXV of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act not to apply to persons charged with or accused of offences under this Act.

12. Certain offenders to be indicted without preliminary inquiry.

13. Priority to be given to proceedings for offences under this Act.

14. Forfeiture of articles.

15. Evidence of offensive weapon.

16. Interpretation.

18 of 1966,

2 of 2011.

AN ACT to provide for the prohibition of the importation, manufacture, possession, sale, exposure for sale, acquisition, transport, use or supply of, and of the doing of certain other acts or things with Offensive Weapons.

[Date of Commencement: 21st June, 1966]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Offensive Weapons Act.

2. Prohibition of the importation of offensive weapons.

(1) Any person who, except with lawful authority the proof whereof shall lie on him—

(a) imports or offers to import any offensive weapon into Sri Lanka; or

(b) manufactures, possesses, sells, exposes for sale, supplies, acquires, transports or uses, for any purpose or in any manner whatsoever any offensive weapon; or

(c) offers to do any act or thing referred to in paragraph (b) of this subsection,

shall be guilty of an offence under this Act punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding ten years, and also with a fine not exceeding ten thousand rupees, and may in addition be punished with whipping.

(2) For the purposes of this section, any offensive weapon in the control, power or disposition of any person shall be deemed to be in his possession.

(3) For the purposes of this section, the expression "lawful authority”, in relation to any act or thing referred to in subsection (1) which is done or offered to be done by any person in respect of any offensive weapon, means—

(a) any such act or thing so done or offered to be done by him in his capacity as a member of the Sri Lanka Army, the Sri Lanka Air Force, the Sri Lanka Navy, or the Sri Lanka Police Force, and in the course or for the purposes of his duties as such member; or

(b) any such act or thing so done or offered to be done by him under and in accordance with—

(i) the provisions of the Explosives Ordinance or any other written law, or

(ii) the authority of any instrument by whatsoever name or designation called duly issued or granted to him under such provisions.

3. Damage to property by use of offensive weapons.

Any person who does with any offensive weapon any act or thing—

(a) which causes, whether directly or indirectly, damage or destruction to any movable or immovable property of the State, anybody of persons whether corporate or unincorporated, or any individual; or

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