Section 29 in The Arms Act, 1959
Title: Punishment for knowingly purchasing arms, etc., from unlicensed person or for delivering arms, etc., to person not entitled to possess the same.
(a) purchases any firearms or any other arms of such class or description as may be prescribed or any ammunition from any other person knowing that such other person is not licensed or authorised under section 5; or
(b) delivers any arms or ammunition into the possession of another person without previously ascertaining that such other person is entitled by virtue of this Act or any other law for the time being in force to have, and is not prohibited by this Act or such other law from having, in his possession the same;
shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 1 [three years, or with fine, or with both.]
1. Subs. by s. 11, ibid., for certain words (w.e.f. 22-6-1983).
Title: Punishment for contravention of licence or rule.
Whoever contravenes any condition of a licence or any provision of this Act or any rule made thereunder, for which no punishment is provided elsewhere in this Act shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 1 [six months], or with fine which may extend to 2 [two thousand] rupees, or with both.
1. Subs. by s. 12, ibid., for "three months" (w.e.f. 22-6-1983).
2. Subs. by s. 12, ibid., for "five hundred" (w.e.f. 22-6-1983).
Title: Punishment for subsequent offences.
Whoever having been convicted of an offence under this Act is again convicted of an offence under this Act shall be punishable with double the penalty provided for the latter offence.
Title: Power to confiscate.
(1) When any person is convicted under this Act of any offence committed by him in respect of any arms or ammunition, it shall be in the discretion of the convicting court further to direct that the whole or any portion of such arms or ammunition, and any vessel, vehicle or other means of conveyance and any receptacle or thing containing, or used to conceal, the arms or ammunition shall be confiscated:
Provided that if the conviction is set aside on appeal or otherwise, the order of confiscation shall become void.
(2) An order of confiscation may also be made by the appellate court or by the High Court when exercising its powers of revision.
Title: Offences by companies.
(1) Whenever an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of, or was responsible to the company for the conduct of, the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:
Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment under this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge and that he exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence.
(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.
Explanation.―For the purposes of this section,
(a) "company" means any body corporate, and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
(b) "director", in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.