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Gould, Chandre, Guy Lamb, Gregory Mthembu-Salter, Steven Nakana and Dennis Rubel. 2004 ‘Private Small-scale Exports.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, pp. 145-146. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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It is illegal for individuals to export arms and related equipment for commercial purposes. However individuals are permitted to export their privately owned weapons, which cannot be for resale. In order for an individual to export personal firearms, the owner of the firearms has to apply for a permanent export licence from the Central Firearm Registry. A firearm can also be exported temporarily (if for example the firearm owner is going hunting in another country and will bring the firearm back on return). This requires a passport and a temporary export permit (SAP 179).

If non-South Africans wish to transfer firearms purchased in South Africa to their country of residence, they must first obtain an import permit from their country of residence, which states the reason for the import. They can then apply for a South African export permit. Dealers from countries that allow commercial trade in firearms (such as Botswana) who wish to import firearms, are required to provide the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) with an end-user certificate. At present the destination of exported firearms is not captured on the CFR database, so it was not possible to obtain data on the number of private firearms exported.

[SAP = South African Police (before 1994)]

ID: Q8760

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