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The Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives,
Fireworks, and the Equivalent of Firearms
Act B.E.2490 (1947)

In the name of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej
The Regent of Rangsit Krom Kbun Chainat  Narenthon
Phraya Manawarat Sewi
Given on 3 September B.E.2490 (1947)
Being the 2nd year of the present Reign

Whereas it  is  appropriate to  amend  the  Firearms,  Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, and the Equivalent of Firearms Act.
His Majesty the King by recommendation and consent of the Parliament has been graciously pleased to enact this Act as follows:

Section 1 This Act is called Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, and the Equivalent of Firearms Act of B.E.2490 (1947)”

Firearms,  Ammunition, Explosives, Fireworks, and the Equivalent  of Firearms  Act
B.E.2490 (1947), page (1of 32)

Section  2  This  Act shall  take effect following the date  of  publishing in  the Government Gazette.

[Ror Gor 2490/42/556/9 September B.E.2490 (1947)]

Section 3 To repeal

(1) The Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Fireworks Act B.E.2477 (1934).
(2) The Amended Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives,   and   Fireworks  Act B.E.2477 (1934).
(3) The    Amended   Firearms,    Ammunition,   Explosives,   and   Fireworks   Act B.E.2477 (1934) (No. 2).
(4) The Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Fireworks Act B.E.2479 (1936) (No.4).
(5) The Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Fireworks Act B.E.2484 (1941) (No.5).

And all the laws, rules and regulations provisioned in this Act or in conflict or dispute with the provisions of this Act.

Section 4* in this Act

(1) * “Firearms” means to include all kinds of weapons that fire by explosive force or gas pressure or air pressure or any mechanism which uses the power and any part of force that weapon that the pressure Minister deems important and specified in the ministerial regulations.
(2)* “Ammunition” is defined to include as single or group bullets, dispersed bullets, bombs, torpedoes, mines and rockets with or without acid, gas, fuel, diseases, toxic fumes, fog or smoke or bullets or bombs torpedoes or the equivalent or things with compression or supplementary to ammunition.
(3)* “Explosives” are a device that causes things that creates propulsion force to it its surroundings abruptly when exploded pressure or a dissolution in a destructive manner to create lethal force . This definition shall include detonators or any other materials with the equivalent use or made for explosion, which the Minister shall specify in the Government Gazette.

(4)*Fireworks” is defined to include pyrotechnics, firecrackers, air crackers and any other similar materials.

(5)”Firearm Equivalent” things that have formed and characteristics to be deceived as firearms.
(6) “Possession” is defined as to include to own or possess but excluding firearms, ammunition and explosives in legal possession and under possession of people that are not prohibited by Section 13 of this Act as necessary to protect them from loss.
(7) “Order” means allowing anyone to send or import out of the Kingdom of Thailand.
(8) ” Import” means to bring in from the outside of the Kingdom of Thailand.
(9) ” Minister” means the minister who is in charge pursuant to this Act.
*[Definitions pursuant to Sections 4 (1) (2) and (3) amended by the Act (No.3) 1958]

Section 5* This Act except Section 8 bis is not applicable to:

(1) Firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks and the equivalent of firearm belonging to:

(a) Military and police that possess or use in the government service.
(b) Government agencies that possess or use for protection of the country or keep peace of the public.
(c) Government agencies or state enterprises that possess and use in prevention and protection of important property of the government
(d) Military and police as referred to in (a) or government agencies as referred to in (b) granted to people for helping the service of military and police or the government agencies as appropriate.

(2) Firearms and ammunition used on sea-going ships, trains and aircraft normally shown and allowed the customs official to search in accordance with the law.

(3) Signal fireworks as normally required for use used on sea-going ships, aircraft and airports.

Government agencies or state enterprises according to the first paragraph (1) (b) or (c) Including the type, size and number all through having and using, keeping, carrying, repairing or changing and other necessary things. They are for security service on firearms, ammunition, fireworks and firearm equivalent given to the government agencies or

Such state enterprises to the people in order to help such government agencies to comply with the requirement in may possess ,use and provide the ministerial regulations.

*[Section 5 amended by the Act (No.7) B.E.2522 (1979)]

Section 6* Cabinet Ministry of the Interior Minister there to shall take charge of this Act, and be empowered to appoint the registrars and other officials and issue ministerial regulations in the following matters:

(1) Restrict the types and numbers of firearms of other ministries and bureaus other than the military and police or government agencies pursuant to Section 5, in the second paragraph.
(2) Set up the regulations on registration, application and issue of the licenses.
(3) Specify the fees, which do not exceed the rates in the back of the list of this Act.
(4) Other matters to comply with this Act.

In the part concerning the issue of the ministerial regulations in the first paragraph (1) pursuant to Section 5, in the second paragraph and pursuant to Section 55, the Defense Minister jointly acts on behalf of this Act, and is empowered to issue ministerial regulations jointly with Interior Minister.

In the part that involves customs Finance Minister shall act on behalf of this Act and is empowered to issue ministerial regulations to comply with this Act as well.

A ministerial regulation after published in the Government Gazette is enforceable. *[Section 6 amended by the Act (No.7) B.E.2522 (1979)]

Read the Act in its entirety here.



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