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South Africa. 2011 ‘Prohibited Firearms.’ Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act last amended in 2011); Chapter 2 (Section 4), pp. 11-12. Cape Town: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. 5 December

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4. Prohibited Firearms

(1) The following firearms and devices are prohibited firearms and may not be possessed or licensed in terms of this Act, except as provided for in sections 17,1 18 (5), 19 and 20 (1) (b):2

(a) Any fully automatic firearm;

(b) any gun, cannon, recoilless gun, mortar, light mortar or launcher manufactured to fire a rocket, grenade, self-propelled grenade, bomb or explosive device;

(c) any frame, body or barrel of such a fully automatic firearm, gun, cannon, recoilless gun, mortar, light mortar or launcher;

(d) any projectile or rocket manufactured to be discharged from a cannon, recoilless gun or mortar, or rocket launcher;

(e) any imitation of any device contemplated in paragraph (b), (c) excluding the frame, body or barrel of a fully automatic firearm, or (d);

(f) any firearm-

(i) the mechanism of which has been altered so as to enable the discharging of more than one shot with a single depression of the trigger;
(ii) the calibre of which has been altered without the written permission of the Registrar;
(iii) the barrel length of which has been altered without the written permission of the Registrar;
(iv) the serial number or any other identifying mark of which has been changed or removed without the written permission of the Registrar.

(2) For purposes of subsection (1) (f) (iii), the incidental alteration of the length of the barrel of a firearm by a gunsmith in the ordinary course of a gunsmith's work which does not have as an objective the alteration of the length of the barrel of that firearm must not be regarded as an alteration contemplated in that subsection.

(3) (a) The Minister may, by notice in the Gazette, declare any other firearm of a specified type to be a prohibited firearm if it is-

(i) in the interest of public safety; or
(ii) desirable for the maintenance of law and order.

(b) A notice contemplated in paragraph (a) must be tabled in Parliament at least 14 days before publication thereof if Parliament is then sitting, and if Parliament is not sitting, within seven days after the commencement of the next sitting.

(c) A notice contemplated in paragraph (a) is of full force and effect until withdrawn by the Minister or by a resolution of Parliament.

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