Lockdown & the Gun Licence Amnesty – What now?

A cry to Bheki Cele: Minister of Police urged to extend period of firearm amnesty amidst lockdown.


On the 1st of December 2019 the South African Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, declared an amnesty to run for a period of six months, ending the 31st of May 2020.

The amnesty provides for:

“any person who is in unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and/or firearm parts, the opportunity to surrender such items without the fear of being prosecuted for the unlawful possession thereof.”

Compliance has simply not been possible for many due to the lockdown and we have received numerous related inquiries from firearm owners who have for various reasons been unable to comply.

One such reason being inability to return to the country timeously.  Other logistical reasons include the regulatory impermissibility of running of mandatory competency and training courses.

The renewal of gun licences and competency certificates has in addition not been possible during the lockdown and there has been no direction by the minister in this regard.

Various firearms associations as well as AfriForum have addressed the Minister. The latter claims to have received feedback to the effect that:

 “the police have acknowledged the letter and that they could address the matter”.

We will monitor the situation, address the minister, if required and apprise readers as the situation unfolds in an article to follow. Should you wish to be informed kindly complete the form below and indicate your interest (being Firearm amnesty in this instance).

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