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South Africa. 2011 ‘Licence to Possess Firearm for Occasional Hunting and Sports-shooting.’ Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act last amended in 2011); Chapter 6 (Sections 16, 16A), pp. 18-20. Cape Town: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. 5 December

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15. Licence to possess firearm for occasional hunting and sports-shooting

(1) A firearm in respect of which a licence may be issued in terms of this section is any-

(a) handgun which is not fully automatic;
(b) rifle or shotgun which is not fully or semi-automatic; or
(c) barrel, frame or receiver of a handgun, rifle or shotgun contemplated in paragraph (a) or (b), and which is not a restricted firearm.

(2) The Registrar may issue a licence in terms of this section to any natural person who is an occasional hunter or occasional sports person.

(3) (a) Subject to paragraphs (b), (c) and (d), no person may hold more than four licences issued in terms of this section.
(b) If a person holds a licence issued in terms of section 13, he or she may only hold three licences issued in terms of this section.
(c) A person may not hold more than one licence in respect of a handgun contemplated in subsection (1) (a).
(d) If a person contemplated in paragraph (a) holds any additional licences contemplated in section 12 in respect of a firearm contemplated in this section and section 13, the number of licences which that person may hold must be reduced by the number of such additional licences held.

(4) A firearm in respect of which a licence has been issued in terms of this section may be used where it is safe to use the firearm and for a lawful purpose.

16. Licence to possess firearm for dedicated hunting and dedicated sports-shooting

(1) A firearm in respect of which a licence may be issued in terms of this section is any-

(a) handgun which is not fully automatic;
(b) rifle or shotgun which is not fully automatic;
(c) semi-automatic shotgun manufactured to fire no more than five shots in succession without having to be reloaded; or

[Para. (c) substituted by s. 4 of Act 43 of 2003.]
[NB: Para. (c) has been deleted by s. 11 of the Firearms Control Amendment Act 28 of 2006, a provision which will be put into operation by proclamation.]

(d) barrel, frame or receiver of a handgun, rifle or shotgun contemplated in paragraph
(a), (b) or (c).

(2) The Registrar may issue a licence in terms of this section to any natural person who is a dedicated hunter or dedicated sports person if the application is accompanied by a sworn statement or solemn declaration from the chairperson of an accredited hunting association or sports-shooting organisation, or someone delegated in writing by him or her, stating that the applicant is a registered member of that association.

(3) A firearm in respect of which a licence has been issued in terms of this section may be used where it is safe to use the firearm and for a lawful purpose.

(4) Every accredited hunting association and sports-shooting organisation must-

(a) keep a register which contains such information as may be prescribed; and
(b) submit an annual report to the Registrar which contains such information as may be prescribed.

16A. Licence to possess firearm for professional hunting

(1) A firearm in respect of which a licence may be issued in terms of this section is any-

(a) handgun which is not fully automatic;
(b) rifle or shotgun which is not fully automatic; or
(c) barrel, frame or receiver of a handgun, rifle or shotgun contemplated in paragraph (a) or (b).

(2) The Registrar may issue a licence in terms of this section to any natural person who is a professional hunter if the application is accompanied by a sworn statement or solemn declaration from the chairperson of an accredited professional hunting association, or someone delegated in writing by him or her, stating that the applicant is a professional hunter and registered member of that association.

(3) A firearm in respect of which a licence has been issued in terms of this section may be used by the professional hunter for his or her private use and professional hunting purposes where it is safe to use the firearm and for a lawful purpose.

(4) Every accredited professional hunting association must-

(a) keep a register which contains such information as may be prescribed; and
(b) submit an annual report to the Registrar which contains such information as may be prescribed.

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