Here is the SAPS Communique from the SAGA website
.RENEWAL OF FIREARM LICENCES: FIREARMS CONTROL ACT, 2000 (ACT NO 60 OF 2000)
The purpose of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act no 60 of 2000) is to establish a comprehensive and effective
firearm control system that will enhance the management and enforcement of the legislation.
In a recently reported case, a man was found guilty in a magistrate’s court for failing to renew his licence in time,
as contemplated in the Firearms Control Act, 2000. He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment or a fine of
R10 000,00. [See Note 1 -- GOSA]
In terms of section 24
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, a person who has been issued with a licence to possess a
firearm, is obliged to renew this licence at least 90 days before its expiry date
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, provides for the period of validity of each type of licence and permit
that is issued. These dates are also reflected on the licence cards, as issued by the South African Police Service
(SAPS). However, in terms of section 28
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, a firearm licence terminates on the
expiry of the relevant period contemplated in section 27
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, unless it is renewed in
terms of section 24
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000.
The firearm owner has the option of selling, donating or deactivating the firearm, which must be concluded before
the relevant expiry date. If an application for the renewal has been lodged before the licence has expired, the existing
licence remains valid until the application has been decided.
In a circular with reference number 27/5/2/1, dated 2016-02-03 (Renewal of firearm licences in terms of section 24
of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, the following directives were given:
‘8. In the case where a person wants to renew or apply for a licence, but the validity of the licence has already
expired, the person must be informed that he/she is not in lawful possession of the firearm anymore and that the
firearm must be surrendered to the nearest police station.
9. When a firearm in respect of which the licence has expired, is voluntarily surrendered, the owner will not be
It is clear that provisions were made for persons who failed to renew their firearm licences, to voluntarily surrender
these firearm(s) and/or ammunition to the nearest police station, following which prosecution will not be instituted
against the person.
This position prevails and, therefore, persons who voluntarily surrender their firearms at police stations, must not
be charged for the illegal possession thereof.
However, if a police official discovers during his or her day-to-day policing activities or operations that a person is in
possession of a firearm, but failed to renew his or her licence, meaning that they did not apply for the renewal of
the firearm licence, the police official may institute criminal proceedings against the person for the illegal possession
of a firearm in terms of section 3 of the Firearms Control Act, 2000, as follows: ‘Section 3: No person may possess a
firearm unless he or she holds a licence, permit or authorisation issued in terms of this Act for that firearm’.
The Registrar of Firearms (National Commissioner) is ultimately responsible for the implementation of the Firearms
Control Act, 2000, which includes administrative steps that are reasonable, fair and lawful.
This information must immediately be distributed to all officers and members of the SAPS for compliance
Any enquiries may be directed to:
Major General JJ Bothma at 082 779 firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigadier Mabule at 082 778 9542.MabuleL@saps.gov.za
CORPORATE COMMUNICATION AND LAISON
Note 1: This is factually incorrect. The person involved was bullied into paying an admission of guilt fine
. This is not the same as a conviction.