Gun owners warned about license renewal pitfall

The South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association has warned owners of firearms used for self-protection to ensure that they apply for the renewal of licenses issued in terms of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000, at least 90 days before the licenses were due to expire.

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Anyone applying for a license renewal within 90 days of the imminent expiry date will be in unlawful possession of the relevant firearm when the license expired. This could result in the gun owner being prosecuted and their firearm seized. “The form to be used [to renew these licenses] is SAPS 518(a),” said SAHGCA’s, Hennie de Jager. “Competency certificates for persons in possession of licenses for hunting and/or sport shooting rifles will only expire when the licence with the longest validity expires.”