Citation(s) from the literature library

Boer, Martin. 2004 ‘The Application Procedure.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, pp. 116-117. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

Relevant contents

Namibian firearm licence applications are eight pages in length, and include questions about the applicant's motivation for seeking to acquire a firearm. Applicants are not required to stipulate their gender.

Applicants fill out the application form at a police station, after which their fingerprints are taken. The form is then sent to national police headquarters in Windhoek, where its details are recorded on the National Database. Due to limited time and resources, the police enter very little of the information provided into the National Database.(3)

The original applications are stored near the computers, making it easy for police officers to consult an application if required. After the applicant's criminal record is checked, a decision is made on whether to approve or reject the application. About 10% of all firearm licence applications are rejected for one of the reasons mentioned above…(4)

Once approved the licence does not have to be renewed,(5) and is valid until the death of the licence-holder, unless the police have a specific reason to declare the licence-holder unfit to possess a firearm…


3) The database includes the name of the owner, contact details, the type, action, calibre and serial number of the gun.

4) Martin Boer, interview with Inspector Ignatius Nangombe, Fire Arms Division, Namibian Police, Windhoek, 15 October 2003.

5) According to Section 5 of the Arms and Ammunition Act.

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