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FIREARM AMNESTY FROM 1 AUGUST 2020 TO 31 JANUARY 2021 – ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE FIREARM OWNERS

Firearm owners whose firearm licenses have expired will once again have the opportunity to legally license their firearms in the current amnesty period (1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021).

Johan Martin, a lawyer and the franchisor of Legally Armed, advises these firearm owners to seize this opportunity and begin the process of handing over their weapons to the police as soon as possible and re-applying for licenses for the firearms involved.

“In addition to the possibility of criminal prosecution, such firearm owners run the risk that any license application for new weapons that they would now purchase will also be denied due to the license that has expired. We have repeatedly experienced that an expired license is grounds for refusal. “

In the previous firearms amnesty period (1 December 2019 to 31 May 2020), 27 336 firearms were handed in to the police, Ms. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, chairperson of the portfolio committee on policing, said in early June. Police received 10,740 applications for firearm licenses, of which 147 were processed at that time.

This is just a drop in the bucket considering that the licenses of more than 400 000 firearms have expired. “This amount of applications will not be processed overnight. The sooner your application is submitted, the sooner you will get your license.”

Legally Armed, a company that helps firearm owners with all aspects of firearm licensing (for private and business purposes), handled about 1 250 of the applications in the previous amnesty period. “Our experience is that people tend to put it off until the very end. In addition, many people could not submit their applications on time due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Due to the pandemic, we hear from time to time about police stations being closed because some of the members contracted Covid-19. Consequently, it is even more important that applications are submitted in good time. You do not want to lose your firearm because you postponed the process to the last minute and your nearest police station was closed when you wanted to submit your application, ”says Martin.

  • Legally Armed, with its head office in Bloemfontein and 30 branches nationwide, has been helping firearm owners in the most painless way for the past 15 years to apply for, among other things, police competency certificates, new licenses, renewals, accreditations and much more. Visit the website https://legallyarmed.co.za/contact/legally-armed-branches/ for more information and to find out where your nearest branch is.

VUURWAPEN AMNESTIE VANAF 1 AUGUSTUS 2020 TOT 31 JANUARIE 2021 – NOG ‘N KANS VIR DIÉ VUURWAPENEIENAARS

Vuurwapeneienaars wie se vuurwapenlisensies verval het, kry met die huidige  amnestietydperk (1 Augustus 2020 tot 31 Januarie 2021) opnuut die geleentheid om hul wapens wettig te lisensieer.

Johan Martin, ‘n prokureur en die franchisor van Legally Armed, raai hierdie wapeneienaars aan om dié geleentheid aan te gryp en so gou as moontlik met die proses te begin om hul wapens by die polisie in te handig en opnuut aansoek te doen vir lisensies vir die betrokke wapens.

“Benewens die moontlikheid van strafregtelike vervolging, loop sulke vuurwapeneienaars die gevaar dat enige lisensieaansoek vir nuwe wapens wat hulle nou sou aanskaf ook geweier word weens die lisensie wat verval het. Ons het dit herhaalde kere al ondervind dat ‘n vervalde lisensie gronde vir weiering is.”

In die vorige vuurwapenamnestietydperk (1 Desember 2019 tot 31 Mei 2020) is 27 336 vuurwapens by die polisie ingedien, het me. Tina Joemat-Pettersson, voorsitter van die portefeuljekomitee oor die polisie, vroeg in Junie gesê. Die polisie het 10 740 aansoeke vir vuurwapenlisensies ontvang waarvan 147 op daardie stadium afgehandel was.

Hierdie is maar ‘n druppel in die emmer as in ag geneem word dat die lisiensies van meer as 400 000 vuurwapens verval het. “Hierdie hoeveelheid aansoeke gaan nie oornag verwerk word nie. Hoe vinniger u aansoek dus ingedien word, hoe vinniger gaan u u lisensie kry.”

Legally Armed, ‘n onderneming wat vuurwapeneienaars met alle aspekte van vuurwapenlisensiëring (vir private én besigheidsdoeleindes) help, het sowat 1250 van die aansoeke in die vorige amnestietydperk hanteer. “Ons ervaring is dat mense geneig is om dit tot op die laaste uit te stel. Boonop kon baie mense weens die Covid-19-inperking nie betyds hul aansoeke indien nie.

“Weens die pandemie hoor ons kort-kort van polisiekantore wat gesluit word omdat van die lede Covid-19 opgedoen het. Gevolglik is dit nog belangriker dat aansoeke vroegtydig ingedien word. U wil tog nie u vuurwapen verloor omdat u die proses tot op die nippertjie uitgestel en u naaste polisiekantoor gesluit was toe u u aansoek wou indien nie,” sê Martin.

  • Legally Armed, met sy hoofkantoor in Bloemfontein en 30 takke landwyd, help reeds die afgelope 15 jaar vuurwapeneienaars om op die mees pynlose manier aansoek te doen om onder meer polisiebevoegdheidsertifikate, nuwe lisensies, hernuwings, akkreditasies en veel meer. Besoek die webblad https://legallyarmed.co.za/contact/legally-armed-branches/ vir meer inligting en om uit te vind waar u naaste tak is.

Special thanks to our sources.

Bernu van den Heever

Legally Armed Head Office

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