Know gun licence laws

2016-06-14 06:00

Holders of firearm licences who think they still have three months before they need to apply for a renewal, are in for a nasty surprise.

Anyone with a firearm licence issued in terms of the Firearms Control Act who wishes to renew their licence, must apply at least 90 days before the date of expiry.

“Applications have to be lodged to the registrar at least 90 days before the date of expiry for its renewal,” warns Warrant Officer John Bartlett spokesperson of Steenberg police.

However, application for renewal may be considered if the application is lodged in less than 90 days, in which case good reasons for the late application must be provided on the application form.

“Licences for which renewal applications have been lodged will remain valid until the application has been decided upon,” says Bartlett. “In the case where an owner wants to renew or apply for a licence, but the validity of the licence has already expired, they are no longer in lawful possession of the firearm and that firearm must be surrendered to the nearest police station,”he says.

When the firearm of which the licence has expired is voluntarily surrendered, the owner will not be prosecuted,” Bartlett promises.

V For any enquiries call Charnell Primo or Warrant Officer Delmore Manuel at Steenberg police at 021 702 9009.

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