Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hand in your illegal/unwanted firearm & ammunition without being persecuted

South Africans who own an illegal and unwanted firearms, firearm parts or ammunition, can surrender their equipment, without fear of being persecuted.

With only two weeks left, the South African Police Services (SAPS) said it is concerned that since the approval of the second amnesty period, about 23 000 firearms and close to 120 000 rounds of ammunition were surrendered, since August 2020.

‘’Of the firearms surrendered, 3 139 were voluntarily handed in by their legal owners while 20 260, for which licenses have expired were handed in. Subsequent to this, 23 724 rounds of ammunition were also voluntarily handed-over to police including, 96 057 rounds of ammunition that were surrendered by owners whose firearm licenses had expired.’’ said Police Colonel Athlenda Mathe.

The deadline for the firearm amnesty ends on 31 January 2021.

‘’Members of the public who are in possession of a firearm, firearm parts or ammunition are therefore urged to take advantage of this opportunity by handing in their firearms and ammunition either for destruction, or for re-licensing the specific firearm with a relevant competency at their nearest police station. This applies to estate firearms whose owners have died.’’

‘’In addition, this period allows members of the public with the opportunity to surrender firearms whose licenses had expired without fear that they will be charged for being in possession of an unlicensed firearm or ammunition.’’ She added.

Mathe warned that those who are found to be in possession of illegal firearms, firearm parts and ammunition, after 31 January 2021, will face the full might of the law.

‘’It cannot be emphasized enough that as of 01 February 2021, those who are found to be in possession of illegal firearms, firearm parts and ammunition will be charged and processed accordingly.’’

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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