Firearm Competency Verification

In South Africa the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 regulates the possession of firearms by civilians. The possession of a firearm is conditional on a competency test and several other factors, including background checking of the applicant, inspection of an owner’s premises, and licensing of the weapon by the police. 

In order to pass the competency test, an individual must demonstrate a thorough understanding of firearms safety, laws, and handling procedures. Upon passing the test, the individual will be issued a certificate of competency, which is required to apply for a firearms license in South Africa.

It’s important to note that the requirements for obtaining a firearms license in South Africa are subject to change and updates, and individuals are advised to regularly check with the SAPS for the most up-to-date information.

For companies that employ staff who are required to use a firearm; e.g. the security industry, the employer is required to verify that the employee has received the relevant training and has the relevant firearms license.

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