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Unintended Implications of New Fire Arms Act
06 Apr 2009
[In Afrikaans]

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The SAPS and the CFR did not realize the serious implications of the legislation for ordinary citizens. Should somebody want to sell a firearm:
- the buyer has to apply for the licence and the seller does not have to apply for relicensing
- the seller retains the firearm with the old licence until a new licence had been issued
- the licence issued in terms of the old law lapses on 30 June and should the new licence not have been issued by 30 June:
"¢ the seller possesses the firearm illegally and
"¢ the firearm should be handed in for safekeeping to the SAPS before 30 June.
Should the new licence not be issued at all, the firearm is declared forfeited to the state.

Practically all storage permits issued in terms of the old law, will lapse on 30 June 2009, the date on which the "old licences"� also lapse. The only storage permits that do not lapse are those for which the individual who owns the firearm had applied for a new licence and had been declared fit. All storage permits issued to traders are being recalled and lapse on 30 June. Traders will only be allowed to keep firearms they have in supply for sale or sold conditional to the issuing of firearms licences. Members may not request a trader to hold forearms in safekeeping for them.
There is huge uncertainty about firearms in estates, which may only be legally possessed by the executor.
Unity standards for fitness training changed as from 1 January 2008 and training done from that date may only be recognised if it had been done in accordance with the new unity standard. Should the training have been done before 1 January 2008 and the certificate had been issued before that date, the SAPS will accept the old unity standard.
Where an individual had been declared fit with the old unity standard, he will probably have to repeat the training in terms of the new unity standard or at least have to undergo supplementary training to achieve the new unity standard for the renewal of fitness.

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