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 ¾
(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 ¾
(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.]