Can I buy a gun without a competency?

In South Africa, owning a firearm legally requires a valid competency certificate. Without a competency certificate, individuals are not permitted to purchase or own a firearm. The Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) governs the acquisition, possession, and use of firearms in the country.

To legally purchase a firearm in South Africa, you need to follow specific procedures, including obtaining a competency certificate from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The competency certificate demonstrates that you have the necessary knowledge and skills to possess a firearm safely and responsibly.

Without a valid competency certificate, firearm dealers or licensed sellers are not allowed to sell a firearm to an individual in South Africa. It’s a legal requirement to possess a valid competency certificate before attempting to purchase a firearm.

If you’re considering owning a firearm in South Africa, the first step would be to apply for and obtain a competency certificate through the prescribed processes outlined by SAPS and comply with all legal requirements for firearm ownership.

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