Firearms can be surrendered

Members of the public who want to surrender unwanted or illegal firearms and ammunition have until 31 January 2021 to do so.

These must be surrendered at a police station.

This process is in line with the firearm amnesty period of six months – from 1 August to 31 January – as declared by Gen. Bheki Cele, the Minister of Police.

According Brig. Motantsi Makhele, spokesperson for the provincial police, people can surrender firearms without any fear of being prosecuted for unlawful possession.

“Members of the community are also reminded that neither firearms nor ammunition can be inherited. No one is allowed to possess a firearm without a licence. The objective of the amnesty period is to reduce the large number of illegal and unwanted firearms and ammunition,” he said.

“A person who surrenders a firearm in compliance with the Act may apply for a licence for that firearm.”

A person’s fitness to possess a firearm will be determined at the police station.

There will be a limitation on the number of firearms someone can possess, and the applicant needs to have a valid competency certificate.

An application for a firearm licence must be submitted to the designated amnesty official responsible for the area in which the applicant resides.

Only those who personally surrender the firearm to the designated official may apply for a licence.

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