Firearm of deceased disposal advice

2017-03-15 06:03
 Photo: suppliedIn two unrelated incidents, suspects were arrested for being in possession of firearms belonging to their dead family members.

Photo: suppliedIn two unrelated incidents, suspects were arrested for being in possession of firearms belonging to their dead family members.

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IN unrelated incidents, two suspects were arrested this week for being in possession of unlicensed firearms belonging to their deceased family members.

The first suspect was arrested in the Kwabhanoyi area on Saturday­ for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm belonging to his brother who died in 2009. SAPS iLembe Cluster spokesperson, Warrant Officer Johannes Khoza said the man was arrested during an intelligence-driven operation conducted by the iLembe Cluster Task Team.

The second suspect, A 55-year-old man, was arrested at Valleyview Farm last Wednesday evening for being in possession of an unlicensed 38 special revolver and 24 illegal live rounds of ammunition.

"According to the suspect, the firearm belonged to his wife who died in 2014," Khoza said.

Khoza said in terms of the Firearms Controls Act 60 of 2000 section 147, disposal of firearms in the case of death, in the case of the firearm being licensed to the deceased, the firearm should be handed to the police for destruction or it should be handed over to a dealer for storage or the deceased's next of kin should apply for a licence to possess the said firearm and then sell the firearm.

"A deceased's firearm can be kept with a person who is in possession of a licensed firearm, but that person must first apply for the permission to store the firearm," Khoza said.

He added that people who have sold such firearms without following the correct procedure should rearrange their deals in accordance with the act and that those in possession of a deceased's firearm are requested to follow the procedure.

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