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Thread: Can someone shed some light on this licencing issue?

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    Default Can someone shed some light on this licencing issue?

    This seems to be the latest FIREARMS CONTROL AC with all amendmends included.
    [link=http://www.saps.gov.za/docs_publs/legislation/juta/a60of2000.pdf]a60of2000.pdf[/link]

    in FIREARMS CONTROL ACT 60 OF 2000 they say that airguns do not need to be licenced.

    According to it the definition of an airgun is:

    'airgun' means any device manufactured to discharge a bullet or any other projectile of a calibre of less than 5.6mm (.22 calibre), by means of compressed gas and not by means of burning propellant;


    this definition was amended in 2003 to read as...


    Amendment of section 1 of Act 60 of 2000
    1. Section 1 of the Firearms Control Act. 2000 (hereinafter referred to as the principal
    (u) by the substitution for the definition of “airgun” of the following definition:
    Act), is hereby amended-
    “airgun” means any device manufactured to discharge a bullet or any other 5
    projectile=
    -(a) of a [calibre] calibre of less than 5.6 mm (.22 [calibre] calibre);
    (b) at a muzzle energy of less than 8 joules (6ft-lbs),
    by means of compressed gas and not by means of burning propellant;


    It further states that firearms must be licenced and that airguns exceding 6 ft/lbs is classified as a firearm.
    'firearm' means any-
    (a) device manufactured or designed to propel a bullet or projectile through a
    barrel or cylinder by means of burning propellant, at a muzzle energy
    exceeding 8 joules (6 ft-lbs);
    (d) device manufactured to discharge a bullet or any other projectile of a
    calibre of 5.6 mm (.22 calibre) or higher at a muzzle energy of more than
    8 joules (6 ft-lbs), by means of compressed gas and not by means of
    burning propellant; ...etc.

    So does this means that all the rifles mentioned on this forum should be licenced?
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    Relax! if you read creafully,

    this definition was amended in 2003 to read as

    Amendment of section 1 of Act 60 of 2000
    Airgun= means any device manufactured to discharge a bullet or any other
    projectile
    (a) of a [calibre] calibre of less than 5.6 mm (.22 [calibre] calibre);

    OR

    (b) at a muzzle energy of less than 8 joules (6ft-lbs),
    by means of compressed gas and not by means of burning propellant;


    'firearm' only when

    22cal OR higher IF more powerful than 6Ft/lbs

    In order words, your .20 and .177 has no power limit but 22 and bigger can not be more powerful than 6ft/lbs without licence.

    I think the government should make 22+ cal airguns like muzzle loaders, you need a Competency Cert. (as proposed in the new bill) but no licence needed..... Anyway, let's hope we don't get some more Dumb $hits messing around shooting cats with an airgun and ruin it for us all.......
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    SWEEEET !!!!!!
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    Yeah, this is old news for some. What about the crap about silencers to be lisenced TOGETHER (part and parcel) with the firearm? Has anyone clarified whether importation of silencers on their own for specific models of airguns is still ok?
    Whatcha think dudes(ettes)?
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    Hey you might think it is old news, but people ask me that question everyday. At least now I'm sure of the answer.
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    We at Lowveld Hunters is affiliated to CHASA, and a lawyer friend of mine sits on the Fire arms owners forum, that deal with the SAPS and Government regarding the new law on firearms. He has recently gave us feedback on the latest developments regarding the new changes to the law, and it looks like they are going to be a bit more leaniant on silencers, if you can proof that you use it responceably in a work situation, like culling, or training.

    At least they wont outlaw it completely as they wanted to do in the previous proposed amendment.

    I will keep you posted on any new developments.

    O by the way, it was also mentioned that blackpowder rifles, and replicas is now again going to have to be licenced. We as airgun owners must sit up and take notice of that, as we can also be put under that burden again if we dont behave and use our airrifles responceably
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    Last I checked, the bill (not act) says Blackpowder guns (except revolvers, for it will be a "normal firearm" as defined by the bill) will have to be registered and can only be processed by people with competency cert. but you don't have to apply for a licence so as long as you have a competency cert. you can still buy as many BP guns as you want to they can't say no to you......

    Maybe they have changed the bill agin? I lost track....
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    Protea Benchrest (Air) Team '08/'10/'11/'13/'15

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    Read the Magnum all the answers to you question are published in it by the SAGA lawyer Martin Hood.
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