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4 Months … Then You Should Get Your Gun

Pretoria News (South Africa)

19 April 2011

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In a victory for potential firearm owners, police will have four months to respond to applications for competency certificates.

According to a Pretoria High Court ruling, the police have agreed that these applications be considered within four months of their lodging.

The agreement follows an application brought by the South African Intruder Detection Association, several security companies and about 4,500 individual security officers.

Part of the agreement reached with the national commissioner of police, the head of the office of the Central Firearms Register and the Firearms Appeal Board relates to the individual security officers, who will be issued with competency certificates within 30 days, unless they do not meet the requirements of the Firearms Control Act….

According to Colonel Elias Mahlabane of the Central Firearms Register, the criticism levelled against it could only have been valid before November last year as it had streamlined the whole process. He said there was now only a backlog of 700 000 applications to be processed and they hoped to have all these done by the end of July this year.

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