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RESPONSIBLE FIREARM OWNERSHIP – OUR FOCUS

SA Hunters supports its members in complying with the legal requirements to own and use a firearm. The Association represents members’ interests on relevant national forums and in legal processes towards legal firearm ownership.

Our firearm helpline has dedicated staff to answer members’ queries on firearm-related matters such as licence applications, competency certificates, and endorsements to accompany their licence applications.

An integrated, online member administration system provides members with easy access to store their information regarding firearms, ammunition, hunting, and sport shooting records on the system under their personal profile. 

Motivation

SAPS requires a comprehensive motivation from the applicant to explain the reason for wishing to possess the firearm and for what purpose it is intended. The motivation is submitted together with the application for a firearm licence.

The motivation must indicate whether the firearm will be used for hunting or sport shooting. If it is for hunting purposes, the motivation must include, amongst others, the following information:

  • location and type of terrain where the applicant plans to hunt with the firearm (longer distances over open plains, or shorter distances in a typical bushveld environment)
  • type of game to be hunted: small game or large game
  • explain why the firearm and calibre are suitable for the intended purpose

 

If the firearm will be used for sport shooting purposes, the motivation must, amongst others, indicate the following:

  • occasional sport shooting or dedicated sport shooting
  • venue and level of participation
  • type of sport shooting exercises
  • suitability of the calibre for the type of sport shooting activity
  • relevant characteristics of the firearm that makes it suitable for sport shooting

Endorsement

An endorsement is an official document that SA Hunters issues to members in support of a firearm licence application. It confirms that the specific firearm in question is suitable for the purpose for which the applicant is motivating, but it does not replace the motivation itself.

SA Hunters issues endorsements free of charge, within 24hours, for members who have signed and submitted the application themselves. The Association does not issue endorsements at the request of or to a third party. As soon as it is issued, the member receives an SMS message that the endorsement is available to download on his/her profile on the online member administration system.

Endorsements are issued for the following categories according to statutory prescripts:

  • .22 Rimfire Rifles and Semi-Automatic Rifles
  • Dedicated Sport Shooter
  • Occasional Sport Shooter
  • Dedicated Hunter
  • Professional Hunter
  • Occasional Hunter
  • Handgun Hunting
  • Self Defence

Motivering

Die SAPD vereis ʼn volledige motivering van die aansoeker waarin hy verduidelik waarom hy die vuurwapen wil besit en vir watter doel hy dit gaan aanwend. Die motivering word saam met die aansoek vir ʼn vuurwapenlisensie ingedien.

Die motivering moet aandui of die vuurwapen vir jag of sportskiet gebruik gaan word. As dit vir jagdoeleindes is, moet die motivering onder andere, die volgende inligting insluit:

  • plek en ligging waar hy beplan om met die geweer te gaan jag (langer afstand oor oop vlaktes, of oor korter afstande in ʼn tipiese Bosveld-omgewing)
  • tipe wild wat gejag word: klein wild of groot wild
  • verduidelik die geskiktheid van die vuurwapen en kaliber vir die doel waarvoor dit gebruik gaan word

 

Indien die vuurwapen vir sportskietdoeleindes gebruik gaan word, dui onder andere, die volgende aan:

  • geleentheid sportskiet of ʼn toegewyde sportskiet
  • plek en vlak van deelname
  • tipe sportskietoefeninge
  • geskiktheid van die kaliber vir die tipe sportskietaktiwiteit
  • spesiale kenmerke van die vuurwapen wat dit geskik maak vir sportskiet

Endossement

ʼn Endossement is ʼn amptelike dokument wat SA Jagters aan lede uitreik ter ondersteuning van ʼn vuurwapenlisensie-aansoek. Dit bevestig dat die betrokke vuurwapen geskik is vir die doel waarvoor die aansoeker dit motiveer, maar dit vervang nie die motivering nie.

SA Jagters reik gratis, binne 24uur, endossemente uit vir lede wat self die aansoek onderteken en ingedien het. Die Vereniging reik nie endossement uit op versoek van of aan ʼn derde party nie. Sodra dit uitgereik is, kry die lid ‘n sms-boodskap dat die endossement op sy/haar profiel op die aanlyn ledeadministrasiestelsel beskikbaar is om af te laai.

Endossemente word vir die volgende kategorië volgens wetlike voorskrifte uitgereik:

  • .22 Randslaggewere en Semi-outomatiese Gewere
  • Toegewyde Sportskiet
  • Geleentheidsportskeit
  • Toegewyde Jag
  • Prefessionele Jagter
  • Geleentheidsjag
  • Handwapenjag
  • Selfverdediging

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