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    49B. Possession of firearms, prohibited drugs etc. by prison officers

    (1) A prison officer who comes into possession of property under section 41, 49 or 49A does not commit

    (a) an offence under the Firearms Act 1973 in relation to possession of a firearm, ammunition or a silencer or contrivance of a similar nature; or

    (b) an offence under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 in relation to the possession of a prohibited drug, prohibited plant or utensil,

    if the prison officer possesses the property for a reason set out in subsection (2).

    (2) A prison officer may possess the property

    (a) so as to deliver it into the custody of a member of the Police Force or an employee of the Police Service; or

    (b) in the case of a firearm, if the prison officer is authorised under this Act to be in possession of the firearm for the purposes of section 47.

    [Section 49B inserted by No. 43 of 1999 s. 16.]

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