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Latest News: 12 April 2010

Failed to renew your firearm license?

 

What now?

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There is a lot of confusion concerning the April 11th "deadline", license renewals, illegal firearms, and what not...

The Facts:

Fact 1: If you want to keep you firearm that has been issued under the old act (the green licenses), NOW would be a good time to renew your license (before April 11th). (It will be a bit of a squeeze, but it can still be done by then)

Fact 2: ALL existing firearm licenses, whether issued under the old act or the new, remain valid until the court case between the SA Hunters and the SAPS had been heard. (Next date is set for August 2010 sometime).

In other words: If you have not renewed your firearm license, your old license is still valid - you may legally keep possession of that firearm until further notice. A lot of people are under the impression that their old green licenses "expire" on April 11th and that they need to hand in their firearms - this is not true.

Fact 3: If you are in possession of a double-barreled shotgun that your great-grand father handed down to your grand father who han... (you get the idea) and now YOU sit with it - hand it in at the SAPS by April 11th. Amnesty - no prosecution. (And of course you will have to queue behind the scores of criminals who can't wait to give up their "tools of the trade"...)

 

In conclusion: If you want to renew your license - DO IT NOW, alternatively - SIT TIGHT until the case of the SA Hunters had been heard.

 

DOWNLOADS

General Info:

                    CLICK HERE TO READ THE OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUÉ FROM THE SAPS

                    READ THIS: SA JAGTERS' URGENT INTERDICT AGAINST SAPS

 

SAPS Forms: (Click on the links & print the forms)

                    1. Competency Application (SAP 517)

                    2. Firearm License Application (SAP 271)

                    3. Temporary Authorization to Possess a Firearm (SAP 518)

                    4. Application for Compensation (SAPS 520d)

 

 

OLDER NEWS...

Jan 11th, 2010

The Minister has agreed to allow those firearm owners who missed the deadline of license renewals "to apply afresh for a firearm license to possess such firearm".

"In light of the declared Amnesty, and the closure of the transitional period of the renewal of firearm licenses, the Minister of Police has publicly announced that firearm owners with licenses, permits or authorizations issued in terms of the Arms and Ammunition Act. 1969 (Act No. 75 of 1969) who had not applied to renew such firearm licenses, permits or authorizations in terms of the Transitional Provisions of the Act, may apply for the licensing of such firearms in terms of the Act during the Amnesty period (i.e. between 11 January 2010 and 11 April 2010)".

"Such persons must comply with all the provisions of the Act applicable to new firearm license applications".

"The above applicants will not be required to hand in their firearms at the police station concerned. The firearm licenses issued in terms of the repealed Arms and Ammunition Act. 1969 are valid and legal due to an interim order issued by the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria which effectively allow these firearm owners to possess their firearms legally."

"Where the applicant do not possess a competency certificate, she/he must apply for a competency certificate in accordance with the Act. Such applicant must undergo the prescribed training and practical test regarding the safe and efficient handling of a firearm as well as the prescribed test on the knowledge of the Act". 

What you need to do if this is applicable to you?

Contact us ASAP to register for the required training (Yes... - I know you can shoot, but you need to do it anyway).

You need to complete the following two Unit Standards (Courses): 1. Knowledge of the FCA (US 117705), as well as 2. Handle & Use a Handgun (or whatever firearm type you need to relicense). (All of this can be done in ONE day... - kermgat)

You will learn a lot (and no it's not difficult) and will have another opportunity to shoot!

The cost for the training is R850-00 (all inclusive).

If you already applied to renew your licenses: Sit back, relax & have a cup of patience, clean your guns...

Have you signed up for the Newsletter? May be next time someone is not going to forward you all the juicy info...  

 

ALL FIREARM LICENSES (OLD & NEW) ARE STILL VALID UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

IE: YOU NEED NOT TO HAND IN YOUR FIREARM TO THE SAPS - KEEP IT!

Read the SAPS Directive by clicking here

Continue reading...

 

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To keep your own firearm: The Options...

Before I continue... ALL EXISTING FIREARM LICENSES REMAIN VALID UNTIL JUNE 30th THIS YEAR.  IE: You are not in possession of an unlicensed firearm and may continue to use it for whatever legal purposes you have done in the past, until June 30th. (Keep this in mind if you get stopped in roadblock... )

Should you consider handing in your firearm to the SAPS, please see the note towards the bottom of the page on COMPENSATION for firearms surrendered to the SAPS...

The option listed below is what's available right now - We will send out an update as soon as new options come available.

Option 1: 

Complete the training required for a new firearm license application, hand your firearm over to a Firearm Dealer, they will then cancel your license (a transfer of ownership will take place), you then go to the SAPS and apply for a new license (not a renewal) for the same firearm. (This is not a renewal - it's a NEW application) 

The down side: 1. The dealer will charge you "storage fees" for the time your application is in process (Storage fees will cost about R750-R1000 for the period).

The up side: 1. You'll get some practice with your gun, 2. You'll get proper training from us!

 

Option 2:

Complete the training required for a new firearm application, dispose of your current firearm by selling it or disposing of it in some other legal way, purchase a new & better firearm, then go to the SAPS and apply for a license for the new firearm. We will help you with your motivation!

The down side: Not much

The up side: 1. You get a new gun!, 2. You'll get proper training from us!

 

Option 3: (Not really an option...)

Get rid of your firearm by selling it or surrendering it to the SAPS. See the note below.

The down side: No firearm! (But then again... did the ANC not promise us that they will have the non-existent crime under control soon?)

The up side: NONE. 

 

I dialled 10-111 and I'm on hold - sure wish I had that gun I sold!!!

  

IMPORTANT NOTE...

 

Surrendering of Firearms to the SAPS: 

 

Section 137 of the Firearm Control Act makes provision for the state to compensate firearm owners who surrender their firearms to the SAPS. The Justice Alliance of SA JASA) is currently busy with a case against the Minister of Safety & Security and the SAPS (CFR), for failure to pay compensation. Currently they (SAPS) are in breach of various sections of the Constitution.

JASA and several individuals are also looking at laying a variety of charges (including Theft by False Pretenses, Fraud, and Intimidation), against various members of the SAPS relating to the above issue.

 

For more info and to donate funds to support this case, visit

 JASA's website (www.JASA.za.net)

   

To purchase a firearm from a person who has not applied for renewal...

 Option 1: 

Complete the training required for a new firearm license application, the existing owner hand the firearm over to a Firearm Dealer, they will then cancel the previous owner's license (a transfer of ownership will take place), you then apply for the firearm license at the SAPS as if you bought it from the Firearm Dealer.    

The down side: 1. The dealer will charge you "storage fees" or a "handling fee" for the transaction (Typically R750 - R1000 per firearm for the period).

The up side: 1. New firearm! and, 2. You'll get proper training from us!

 

Option 2:

Complete the training required for a new firearm license application, you then apply at the SAPS for the license for the specific firearm. Then the existing owner hand the firearm over to the SAPS for safekeeping (I know this is a bit of an oxymoron.. SAPS - safekeeping..?) while your firearm license application is in process. (The SAPS will require an 86-number that you will receive when you hand in your application for the license). 

The down side: The SAPS is of the opinion that should the license be refused, you then forfeit the firearm to the state... (Which is by the way, against our constitution..)

The up side: 1. You get a new gun!, 2. You'll get proper training from us!  

 

Option 3:

Complete the training required for a new firearm license application, you then apply at the SAPS for the license for the specific firearm. Then the existing owner applies at the SAPS for a "Permit" (Authorization to Temporary Possess a Firearm - SAP 518) while your firearm license application is in process. This permit will be valid for a period of 12 months, in which time the SAPS should finalise your application. The firearm remains in the possession of the EXISTING OWNER. (The SAPS will require an 86-number that you will receive when you hand in your application for the license). 

The down side: 1) The "Permit" will cost you (or the existing owner) R140-00 at the SAPS. 2) The SAPS is of the opinion that should the license be refused, you then forfeit the firearm to the state... (Which is by the way, against our constitution..)

The up side: 1. You get a new gun!, 2. You'll get proper training from us!  

 

The information below is what you were SUPPOSE to do... 

For the renewal of an existing firearm license, the minimum requirement is that you pass a theoretical test on the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000), set to SAQA U/S 117705 (Demonstrate Knowledge of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000)) You require ONLY 1 TEST irrespective the number/types of firearms that you want to renew.

When do I need to re-license?

You are suppose to renew your license based on your birthday month, you may apply earlier, but not later. After the initial re-licensing process, you'll have to renew your license based on what period the license was issued for, e.g. a handgun license for self defense is valid for 5 years, while a hunting rifle license is valid for 10 years. But please note that your personal Competency Certificate is only valid for 5 years - that your have to re-apply for probably before your license has expired.

Please note that all the initial deadlines of 31 December have been move on to the end of March the following year.

Date of birth

Renewal period

1 January to 31 March

1 January 2005 to 31 March 2006

1 April to 30 June

1 January 2006 to 31 March 2007

1 July to 30 September

1 January 2007 to 31 March 2008

1 October to 31 December

1 January 2008 to 31 March 2009

 

MISSED THE DEADLINE?

Should it happen that you've missed your deadline, you may still apply following the process as normal, but at the SAPS the will require a written statement as to why you've missed the deadline.

Course Contents:

This Unit Standard covers the sections of the new firearm act relating to private and general firearm ownership. Now before you "I'm not a lawyer" - the complete manual is a little over 20 pages and caters for the "broader population"...

How you go about it:

In short how it works: You come to us, we supply you with the manual containing the relevant parts of the act, you take the manual home, work through it, complete an open book exam at home, bring it back to us and then complete a closed book exam under supervision at our training center. (Do I need to mention that you have to pass both the tests?) We then issue you with a training certificate which you take to the SAPS and they take the process further. 

 

What do I need to take to the SAPS?

        1. Your training certificate issued by an accredited training provider.

        2. ID Book

        3. Existing firearm licenses (if you still have them)

        4. Four (4) colour passport photos

        5. A motivation for each firearm license that you want to renew. (See the form at the bottom of the page for help with this)

        6. Name & telephone numbers of three (3) people that can provide character references for you.

 

Costs involved:

The total cost for the renewal of a single firearm license is R530-00 (as on 01 Jan 2008), plus R70 for each additional firearm. Cost breakdown: Training R350, Photo's R40 (available at our Training Centre), (at the SAPS) Competency Certificate application R70 (one application per person), License Renewal R70 / firearm.

You can also view this process in a table, comparing it to a new application by clicking HERE. (Good idea to save/print a copy of this document, as it contains our address, contact details and a map to us.)