Buying and owning a firearm comes with ongoing commitment and responsibility.

This comes with the understanding that you as a firearms owner should Own it, Respect it, Safeguard it.

We have created the following guidelines to assist with making this decision.

  • Make an informed decision when you purchase a firearm
  • Know how you will safeguard and store it once in your possession
  • Seeking proper training with an accredited training provider
  • Discuss owning a firearm with your family so that the rules and safe storage is clear to all
  • Understand that owning a firearm is a fulltime commitment

Where can I buy a firearm

Firearm should be purchased or obtained from a legal owner, which includes private sales or firearm dealers or from a deceased estate You need your valid competency for the applicable firearm Completed the SAPS 271 form
Write a full motivation why you need to own the specific firearm.


Where do I apply for a license

Your application will be processed by your local DFO and then on a regular basis, these applications are sent to the provincial firearms center and in turn they transport these applications to the Central Firearms Registry in Pretoria where your application will be processed.
A standard application should take about 3 months or 90 days, but this is not a hard and fast estimate. Some members have been very lucky and received a license within as little as three weeks and other unlucky members as long as one year. Once your application has been approved, you should receive an SMS from the CFR stating that your license has been approved. Your license card will be printed and deliver to your local DFO.

NOTE: On receipt of your new license card, please verify all the details, make and model, firearm serial number, section under which the license was issued, ID number and personal details.

NOTE: Members have access to our SAPS License Application Tracker for Free, which means we track your application and send you updates on where in the process your application finds itself.

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