SAPS dispel gun licence rumour

The police have moved to dispel rumours that the service was not taking new applications for firearms.

Villieria police spokesperson Captain Coba Brits said the rumour was that the police did not accept new applications for the certificate of competency to handle a gun and/or new firearm licence applications.

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“It is hereby stated unambiguously that it is a baseless rumour, which is not substantiated on any official instruction and is contrary to the provisions of the firearms control legislation,” said Brits.

She said obtaining a certificate of competency was a precondition every potential firearm owner must meet before applying for a firearm licence.

In terms of section 6(2) of the Firearms Control Act, no firearm licence may be issued to a person who is not in possession of the relevant competency certificate.

It is, therefore, expected of a potential firearm owner to firstly submit an application for a competency certificate.

The potential owner may submit an application for a firearm licence only after receiving the competency certificate.

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“In the instance where a potential applicant wishes to apply for both a competency certificate and firearm licence simultaneously, the firearms officer will only receive the competency certificate application and not the firearm licence application,” said Brits.

“After receiving the competency certificate, the potential firearm owner may approach the firearms officer with a firearm licence application, which will then be received and captured on the system.”

Brits said if the firearm licence applicant is already in possession of the competency certificate, he or she may submit an application for a firearm licence.

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“It is of paramount importance that the respective station commanders and firearms officers ensure this information is correctly communicated to all potential firearm owners.”

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