Monday, 16 November 2020

Bloemfontein: Minister of Police; General Bheki Cele, has declared a firearm amnesty period of six months commencing on 01 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.

This allows members of the public to surrender unwanted firearms, firearms that they have possessed illegally as well as ammunition or parts of the firearm to the South African Police Service. This can be done without any fear of being prosecuted for the unlawful possession of this equipment.

Communities are also reminded that firearm or ammunition cannot be inherited. No one is allowed to have a firearm without a license thereof.

The objectives of the amnesty period, are to reduce the large pool of illegal/ unwanted firearms, ammunition and parts of a firearm. A person who surrenders a firearm in compliance with the Act may apply for a license in respect of that firearm.

The provisions to possess a firearm will be made available the police station which includes limitation on the number of firearms for a person to legally possess, for applicant to have valid competency certificate etc.

The application for the firearm license must be submitted to the relevant Designated Amnesty Official responsible for the area in which the applicant resides.

Only the person who surrenders the firearm to the Designated Amnesty Official, he or she, may apply for a license in respect of that firearm.