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Firearms Control Act, 60 of 2000

(File type: pdf; size: 169.26 KB)No. 60 of 2000Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This Act regulates the possession of arms and ammunition and introduces stricter controls over the licensing of firearms.

Firearms Control Forms

All forms relating to firearms control can be downloaded in English and Afrikaans from the SAPS website.

Getting a Firearm Licence

Owning a gun in South Africa isn't a right enshrined in the Constitution – unlike the United States' Second Amendment – but you can legally own one.

Regulations Applicable to Firearms Legislation

(File type: pdf; size: 75.09 KB)No. R 957 of 2003Secretariat of Safety and Security (The Government of South Africa)
When it comes to firearms, the devil is in the details. Read all the regulations applicable to firearm ownership.

Removal of a Firearm

The South African Police Service (SAPS) may remove a firearm under certain circumstances: If you’re in possession of a firearm without a licence, the SAPS may remove the firearm and bring a criminal charge against you. If you have a licence for a firearm but pose a danger, the SAPS can declare you unfit to possess a firearm. If you’re convicted of certain offences, you’re deemed to be unfit to possess a firearm and can’t own a firearm.

The effect of firearm legislation on crime in the Western Cape

(Reports and Research)
(File type: pdf; size: 6.89 MB)Department of Community Safety (Western Cape Government)