Sipho Mabena
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16 Feb 2021
6:31 am

Firearm licence applications backlog growing by the day – Gunowners’ Association

Sipho Mabena

'This train is out of any control and hurtling down the track.'

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The SA Police Service (Saps) has seemingly shot itself in the foot by failing to implement the electronic firearms registry, with the backlog in firearm licence applications estimated at over a million. In fact the police, according to the South African Gunowners’ Association (Saga), was never capable of performing the administrative functions the Firearms Control Act (FCA) mandates them to. The police admitted on Monday that firearm licence applications have been delayed, with Covid-19 being the leading cause, and have increased the turnaround for the finalisation of applications from 90 to 120 working days. “Applications for licences in respect of...