STATEMENT BY UGU SAPS:
The purpose of Firearm Amnesty is to provide an opportunity for the people to voluntarily surrender and hand over all firearms and firearm parts that are no longer wanted, including those inherited as part of the estates of relatives who had passed on.
Those in possession of illegal or unwanted firearms and ammunition have until 31 January 2021 to surrender them without fear of prosecution.
The public needed to be educated, especially regarding the firearms in estates. According to the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000), if the deceased is a registered owner of a firearm, there are various options and legal procedures to be followed by the heir or beneficiary.
According to the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) that came into effect on 1 July 2004, the heir has the following options:
- Handing the firearms to a dealer
- Handing the firearms to the police to be destroyed
- Arranging for the firearms to be deactivated by a gunsmith, after which the gunsmith must issue a certificate to confirm that this has been done.
- Applying for a new licence in terms of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000).
This involves obtaining a Competency Certificate for the type of firearm. A background check by the South African Police Services will be conducted including compliance to the gun safety regulations.