The firearms Act is also unusual in that normally a person has a right to only give their name and address and refuse to answer questions.
Under Section 55 of the Firearms Act there are occasions where a person is required to answer further questions in relation to whether he or she is the owner of a firearm and if not to state who the owner is. A person may also have to answer questions regarding persons who may have had possession of a firearm.
Owners can also be required to answer questions as to the whereabouts of a firearm. Before these requirements arise, the police require a suspicion on reasonable grounds.
The obligation may arise to owners and occupiers of premises, vehicles, and vessels where firearms are located and people who have or have recently been in possession of a firearm.
The maximum penalty is a fine of up to $20,000 and imprisonment for up to 4 years.
(The definition of a firearm is wide and includes related items, ammunition and parts)
Parliament considers most firearms offences seriously. It is a condition of all bail agreements, bonds, parole, home detention and intervention orders that a person not be in possession of firearms.