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24. HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF, MY LEGAL RIGHTS AND MY PROPERTY, AND AVOID BEING ARRESTED IF I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY 'NEW' PAPERS REGARDING MY FIREARM LICENCE OR PERMIT?

All law- abiding gun owners must be aware that after midnight on 30 June 2009, all firearm licences, permits or other authorizations ( including storage permits) issued under the 'old' Arms and Ammunition Act ( No 75 of 1969) will be invalid.

From 1 July 2009 therefore, anyone in possession of a firearm without 'new' papers opens himself to being charged with various offences under the 'new' Firearms Control Act, No 60 of 2000. Indeed the SAPS have gone so far as to threaten disciplinary action should their members fail to ( very!) strictly implement the provisions of the Act.

The SA Gunowners' Association has issued guidelines on what law abiding citizens can do, and can be read in full HERE on their website.

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