About Arms Licence Related Application

Q.1

Is it necessary to have an arms licence for using an air gun?

A.1

According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, Cap. 238, Laws of Hong Kong, the definition of arms includes any air gun (including air rifle, air gun or air pistol) from which a bullet or missile can be discharged with a muzzle energy greater than 2 joules.  Anyone who would like to possess or deal in such firearms and ammunition must apply for a license from the Commissioner of Police.  The Commissioner of Police will consider each application in accordance with the law.
 
Relevant offences include:

  • No person shall have in his possession any arms or ammunition unless he holds a Licence. Contravention of which is an offence and may render a person liable on conviction upon indictment to a fine of $100,000 and to imprisonment for 14 years.
  • No person shall by way of trade or business deal in (including manufacture, store, sell or repair etc.) arms or ammunition unless he holds a Dealer’s Licence. Contravention of which is an offence and may render a person liable on conviction upon indictment to a fine of $100,000 and to imprisonment for 10 years.
  • Section 4(14a) of the Summary Offences Ordinance, Cap. 228, Laws of Hong Kong stipulates that any person who without lawful excuse negligently discharges an air gun to the danger or annoyance of any person shall be liable to a fine of $500 or to imprisonment for 3 months.
  • If any person discharges an air gun and injures any other person, the person may also have committed common assault or wounding.
Q.2Can I bring a stunning device to Hong Kong?
A.2

According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, Cap. 238, Laws of Hong Kong, stunning device is defined as arms in the Ordinance.  It is illegal for residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport to carry a stunning device without a licence within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage.

Q.3 Can I buy spring loaded knife from other places to Hong Kong?
A.3

According to the Weapons Ordinance, Cap. 217, Laws of Hong Kong, spring loaded knife is defined as prohibited weapon in the Ordinance.  It is illegal for the residents of Hong Kong, visitors or transit passengers going through Hong Kong International Airport, to carry prohibited weapons within the territory of Hong Kong, irrespective of whether these items are stored in the hand-carried luggage or hold luggage. 

According to Section 4 of the Ordinance, any person who has possession of any prohibited items commits an offence.  Prohibited weapon included:

  • Chinese-style throwing dart
  • Gravity knife
  • Gravity-operated steel baton
  • Knuckleduster whether spiked or not and with or without blade
  • Chinese-style fighting iron
  • Spring-loaded steel baton
  • Any knife the blade of which is exposed by a spring or other mechanical or electric device
  • Any bladed or pointed weapon designed to be used in a fashion whereby the handle is held in a clenched fist and the blade or point protrudes between the fingers of the fist
Q.4 Can I buy firearms and ammunition from other places to Hong Kong?
A.4

According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, Cap. 238, Laws of Hong Kong, only licenced dealer is allowed to deal in arms or ammunition by way of trade or business.  ‘Deal in’ means (a) to manufacture, store, sell, let on hire, part with possession of, supply, import, export, procure, purchase, take on hire, take possession of, transport, repair, test, prove or to offer to do any of the foregoing; and (b) to expose for sale or hire or to have in possession for storage, sale, hire, supply, transport, repairing, testing or proving.

Q.5

Do I need to have to licence for possessing spear gun?

A.5

According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, Cap. 238, Laws of Hong Kong, definition of arms include any harpoon or spear gun, however powered.  Anyone who would like to possess or deal in such firearms and ammunition must apply for a license from the Commissioner of Police.  The Commissioner of Police will  consider each application in accordance with the law.

Q.6

How to possess deactivated firearm for personal collection?

A.6

Applicants should arrange the relevant firearms to be converted into deactivated firearms by a licenced dealer and to be examined by Police Forensic Firearms Examination Division (“FFED”).  If the refitting complies with FFED’s guidelines, FFED will issue a document to prove that the deactivated firearm has been examined by FFED and is suitable for personal collection. 

Applicant shall then submit his/her application to Police Licensing Office for exemption permit together with an invoice from the licensed arms dealer in relation to the firearms conversion and a copy of FFED’s certification for Police Licensing Office’s consideration.  In general, the exemption permit will be valid for three years.  For the cost of arrangements charged by the licensed dealer, please approach individual licensed dealer for enquiry.