Legally Armed : Firearm LicencesThe new Firearms Control Act, Act 60 of 2000, has elicited different reactions from roleplayers. Groups supporting a gun-free South Africa are over the moon, while hunters, farmers, collectors and the public who must protect their lives and property sees it as an attempt to disarm legal firearm owners.
The fact is, the act is here to stay. On this web page we will keep visitors informed about new developments, decided cases, general progress with the processing of applications and, most importantly, what Legally Armed can do to make the act more user-friendly for the general public.
The renewal of privately owned firearms has been going on since 2005 and the due dates for licence renewal are according to the birthday of the current owners. The Transitional Provisions of the Act came to an end this year and the group of owners who applied for the renewal of their licences and competency certificates during this period, are obliged to start the process again according to birthdays. We are not sure if the Police have their administrative machine in place for the next round as there is doubt amongst them with regards to what forms need to be completed.
The Act stipulates that each application needs to be lodged at least 90 days before the expiry date apply to the Registrar for its renewal!
We will keep you up to date with any further developments.
9 September 2010, see newest renewal instructions in “New Developments”!
Business owners who possess firearms were obliged to renew their licences from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006. These businesses include security firms, firearm training institutions, game ranches, professional hunters, any other type of business which possesses firearms such as liquor stores, as well as businesses using firearms in theatre, film and television productions.
All these businesses, security firms excluded, had to apply for accreditation at the South African Police Services (SAPS) before they could apply for renewal of licences. Security firms had to apply for renewal of their firearm licences. All security officers employed by these companies have to obtain competency certificates from the SAPS before they can be issued with firearms.