Applications for new licences under the FCA 2000

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Applications for new licences under the FCA 2000

Postby GOSA » Mon, 2006-09-18 16:49

The following is based on our understanding of the process. Note that not all police stations implement things the same way -- there is a basic lack of understanding about the processes proscribed by the new Act at all levels of government, and we suspect it would need an army of lawyers to sort things out.

Relicencing is handled via Recognition of Previous Learning (RPL) which means that you need to do a test on the knowledge of the Act only. For new licences, you need a full competency which involves training and shooting a firearm of the type (Handgun, Rifle and / or Shotgun) you are applying for.

At the time of writing, your Competency Certificate from the trainers has to go to SASSETA where they then issue another certificate. We've heard that this procedure is being scrapped in the latest set of amendments, but we will have to wait for the Regulations to appear before we can confirm this.

Armed with the relevant Competency Certificate, you need to apply for the SAPS Competency Certificate. For this you need

-- A certified copy of your Competency Certificate(s)
-- Two photographs
-- A certified copy of your Identity Document (ID)
-- R70

Depending on your Designated Firearm Officer, you may be allowed to apply for your SAPS competency and your new licences at the same time.

For the licence application, you need :

-- A certified copy of your ID
-- A certified copy of your existing licence(s)
-- Two photographs
-- R70 per licence application
-- Documentation in support of your renewal.

The important thing here is the documentation to support your renewal. A vast number of applications are being returned as "not convinced of need". You need to convince the powers-that-be that you need the firearm in question.

There are examples on this forum of people with, in our opinion, legitimate reasons for wanting a firearm having their applications denied. It does seem that licences get granted once you threaten to take the CFR to court. Of course few of us can afford this.

As to how long it takes -- we don't know. There have been a few reports of licences being granted quickly and efficiently, there's also been many reports of the CFR dawdling and nothing happening for months on end.

All we can say is, good luck.

And keep us posted.

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