Clarity about applications for new firearm competency certificates and new firearm licenses

The office of the Central Firearms Register was informed that across South Africa, rumours has it that the South African Police Service (SAPS), more specifically the relevant designated firearms officers, does not accept (receive) or capture new competency certificate applications and/or new firearm licence applications.

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.

The following concise factual explanation was communicated on various platforms to clear this misconception: In terms of the provisions of the firearms control legislation, it is a precondition that a potential firearm owner must first obtain a competency certificate, before he or she may apply for a firearm licence. In terms of section 6(2) of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act no 60 of 2000), 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. After receiving the competency certificate, he or she may submit an application for a firearm licence.

In the instance, where a potential applicant wish to apply simultaneously for both a new competency certificate and a new firearm licence, the relevant designated firearms officer will only receive and capture the competency certificate application and not the firearm licence application.

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

If a potential firearm owner already possesses the relevant competency certificate, he or she may submit an application for a firearm license.

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

COMPILED BY : Captain MARCHELL RHODE
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION: DURBANVILLE POLICE STATION
TEL : 021 – 970 3817

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