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McKenzie, Katharine. 1999 ‘Lesotho: Domestic Gun Control Policy.’ Domestic Gun Control Policy in Ten SADC Countries; 4.3.1, p. 11. Johannesburg: Gun Free South Africa. 1 September

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Firearm certificates must be renewed on an annual basis and the law provides that the Commissioner may refuse to grant a certificate to individuals possessed of "intemperate habits" or "unsound mind"…

Firearms dealers must record all transactions within 24 hours in a register, and must allow senior officers of the police to inspect stock in hand and the register…

The 1999 amendment to the Act has increased the penalties for the illegal possession of a firearm to a minimum fine of ZAR 500, a minimum period of four months in prison or both…

The 1999 amendment also provides for the banning of rifles (sometimes called long guns in Lesotho) and says that individuals in possession of rifles must surrender them within six months from 28 June 1999. Failure to do so will result in a minimum ZAR 5000 fine or not less than two years in prison. The police are presently in the process of publicising this new requirement, brought about because of the common usage of rifles in crime and an inability on the part of the police and public to distinguish legal from illegal weapons…

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