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Boer, Martin. 2004 ‘Civilian Firearms.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, p. 116. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

Relevant contents

Firearm legislation has been in place in Namibia since 1938.(2)

Presently the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1996 regulates civilian firearm ownership and use. This Act lays out the rules for licensing firearms to individuals, dealers, exporters and manufacturers and regulates explosives, ammunition and the destruction of arms.

According to Section 3 of the Act, in order to own a firearm one must be at least 18 years old and not be declared unfit by the Namibian Police Force. The criteria for fitness are outlined in Sections 10-13. For example, a licence application can be rejected if the applicant has committed a violent crime, such as murder or rape; or has expressed the intention to injure someone; or has an inclination to violence or a dependency on alcohol or drugs; or has been declared mentally unfit; or handled a firearm in a reckless manner.


2) SaferAfrica and Saferworld, Conference Report, "First National Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Support of the Implementation of the SADC Protocol on Firearms and Ammunition Conference on Small Arms", South Africa, 2002. p78.

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