VOL. 14 (24) - 26-07-2018
RUMOURS OF A COMMING FIREARMS AMNETSY
The press has over the past two days reported that a firearms amnesty will be announced shortly. Both the Minister of Police and senior parliamentarians have also indicated that an amnesty will be announced.
We do not yet know whether the terms of the “new” amnesty will be the same as those proposed in the unsuccessful amnesty proposed last year, or if the terms of the "new" amnesty might differ.
We shall keep you posted on the terms of the amnesty the moment we know the details and the dates.
It has been reported that one would be given an opportunity to apply for a new licence in place of an expired white licence under the anmnesty. We can, however, not confirm last mentioned, and we shall have to wait and see.
In the mean time we urgently advise that if you wait for the amnesty to be announced in the hope that there will be some relief for people whose white licences have expired, please ascertain that you apply for renewal of the relevant competencies now, already. The amnesty, if it is announced, will probably not be for longer than 6 months.
If you wait for the amnesty before renewing your competency, you might find that the issuing of your renewed competency takes longer than you thought. You might then find yourself in a position that you cannot make the deadlines to participate in the proposed amnesty should they give opportunity for people to apply for new licences against their expired white licences.
All SAPS application forms for renewal of competency can be found on our website under the main heading, Firearm Licence – all SAPS application forms.
Download the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police's statement in respect of the proposed amnesty HERE
This Newsletter sent per Email to all members on 26 July 2018