Section 39 in The Arms Act, 1959
Title: Previous sanction of the district magistrate necessary in certain cases.
No prosecution shall be instituted against any person in respect of any offence under section 3 without the previous sanction of the district magistrate.
Title: Protection of action taken in good faith.
No suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done under this Act.
Title: Power to exempt.
Where the Central Government is of the opinion that it is necessary or expedient in the public interest so to do, it may, by notification in the Official Gazette and subject to such conditions, if any, as it may specify in the notification,--
(a) 1[exempt any person or class of persons (either generally or in relation to such description of arms and ammunition as may be specified in the notification)], or exclude any description of arms or ammunition, or withdraw any part of India, from the operation of all or any of the provisions of this Act; and
(b) as often as may be, cancel any such notification and again subject, by a like notification, the person or class of persons or the description of arms and ammunition or the part of India to the operation of such provisions.
1. Subs. by s. 15, ibid.,for “exempt any person or class of persons” (w.e.f. 22-6-1983).
Title: Power to take census of firearms.
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct a census to be taken of all firearms in any area and empower any officer of Government to take such census.
(2) On the issue of any such notification all persons having in their possession any firearm in that area shall furnish to the officer concerned such information as he may require in relation thereto and shall produce before him such firearms if he so requires.
Title: Power to delegate.
(1) The Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that any power or function which may be exercised or performed by it under this Act other than the power under section 41 or the power under section 44 may, in relation to such matters and subject to such conditions, if any, as it may specify in the notification, be exercised or performed also by―
(a) such officer or authority subordinate to the Central Government, or
(b) such State Government or such officer or authority subordinate to the State Government, as may be specified in the notification.
(2) Any rules made by the Central Government under this Act may confer powers or impose duties or authorise the conferring of powers or imposition of duties upon any State Government or any officer or authority subordinate thereto.