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How and where do I start to own a legal firearm?

How and where do I start to own a legal firearm?


First step:

  1. Choose a Fire-arm training provider that is listed with P.F.T.C (Professional fire-arm Training Council) and with SAPS (South African Police Service) To find out if a Firearm training provider is real and not a fly by night you can do an online search at the following link www.pftc.co.za and search under the list of accredited training providers and see if the training centre of your choice is registered with P.F.T.C. Make sure what is included in the price and what is not included, some training facility’s exclude ammunition, firearm rentals and range fees. ASK YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER if there is any hidden cost and ask for an all-inclusive price.
  2. Now after your choice of a firearm training provider you have to decide what Firearm proficiency training will suite your needs. Your basic proficiency courses are available in the following unit standards. Handle and use handgun 119649, Handle and use a Self-loading Rifle 119650, Handle and use a Manually operated Rifle 119651, Handle and use a Shotgun 119652 and Knowledge of the firearms control act 60 of 2000 (117705)
  3. Now you can make an appointment with the firearm training provider of your choice and the facility’s representative will conduct a Pre-Assessment meeting with you to determine your specific needs.
  4. After establishing your needs you will receive study material accordingly, you can take the study material home with you, and will be able to keep it permanently after the course. At home you need to fill in the Formative Examination.
  5. After you filled in you Formative Examination you need to attend a class at your training facility that is compulsory to attend. You will then write a Summative Examination. (You may not write this test with an open book)
  6. After you completed your Summative Examination, you can do your practical shoot.
  7. At this stage you completed the following three requirements, Formative Examination, Summative Examination and the practical shoot. You need to pass all three categories to receive a certificate and statement of results from your training provider.

Second step:

After you received your Proficiency certificate and statement of results you may apply for SAPS Competency at your local DFO.

  1. What documents do you need to take to your local DFO to apply for a SAPS Competency?
    • Certified copy of statements of results
    • Certified copy of proficiency training
    • Character witnesses (1 Family member and 2 friends for an interview at your local DFO)
    • Proof of address
    • SAPS 517 (You can get this document from your local DFO or you can download it from the internet.)
    • 2 x ID Photos
    • R75 in cash
  2. How long will it take before I receive my competency certificate from SAPS?
    • It can take up to 90 working days before you will receive your SAPS Competency certificate, in this 90 days’ time you can do research for which firearm you want to apply a license for.
  3. When can I apply for my gun licence?
    • After You received your SAPS competency certificate or card.

Third step:

  1. How do I apply for a new firearm license for self-defence under section 13?
    • You have received your SAPS Competency from your local DFO, it’s a white card.
    • You will need to fill in a SAPS 271 form (The gun shop will provide you with such a document) and the next relevant documentation must be attached.
    • you need to make a copy of your SAPS Competency certificate SAPS 517
    • Safe Description
    • Photos of your safe
    • Certified copy of your identity document 2x
    • Firearm motivation for self-defence
    • Newspaper articles of crime in your area (Only for self-defence application)
    • Crime statistics (Only for a self-defence application)
    • 2 x Passport photos
    • R140 in cash

How do I apply for a new firearm license for occasional hunting or sport shooting under section 15?

  • You have received your SAPS Competency from your local DFO, it’s a print out on an A4 paper.
  • You will need to fill in a SAPS 271 form (The gun shop will provide you with such a document) and the next relevant documentation must be attached.
  • you need to make a copy of your SAPS Competency certificate SAPS 517
  • Safe Description
  • Photos of your safe
  • Certified copy of your identity document 2x
  • Firearm motivation for hunting / sport
  • Letter from farm where hunting has taking place / Shooting club letter
  • Photos of this hunt / Photos of range register, target or a photo where you shoot
  • 2 x Passport photos
  • R140 in cash

How do I apply for a new firearm license for Dedicated hunting or sport shooting under section 16?

  • You have received your SAPS Competency from your local DFO, it’s a print out on an A4 paper.
  • you will need to fill in a SAPS 271 form (The gun shop will provide you with such a document) and the next relevant documentation must be attached.
  • you need to make a copy of your SAPS Competency certificate SAPS 517
  • Safe Description
  • Photos of your safe
  • Certified copy of your identity document 2x
  • Fire arm motivation for hunting / sport
  • Letter from farm where hunting has taking place / Shooting club letter.8) Photos of this hunt / Photos of range register / Target or photos where you shoot
  • Endorsement
  • Accredited Association Membership certificate
  • Proof of paid up membership
  • 2 x Passport photos
  • R140-00 in cash

Redot firearm solutions pty (ltd) can assist with this whole process.