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Specialised Weapons & Ammunitions Trading Company (SWATCO) has been granted an essential services permit in-line with assisting the private security sector, Metro Police Services, South African National Defense Force and the South African Police Services.

Conditions of trading:

  • A copy of your essential services certificate must accompany you to the store
  • A copy of your drivers license and/or South African ID
  • Valid licenses pertaining to the weapon/ammunition in question

Should you require our services, please contact the following members of our team to arrange accordingly:

Jonathan – 082 551 1559

Angelo – 083 347 6682

No firearm amnesty as of yet but be prepared.

South Africans with expired green barcoded firearm licenses and white firearm license cards will need to continue waiting as on the 11th September, as the police made a proposal to the Portfolio Committee on Police that a Firearm Amnesty should be declared for the period 1 October 2019 until 31 March 2020. This unfortunately was not accepted.

The amnesty will most likely cover the following scenarios :

  • Firearms with ‘old green licences” that were never re- licenced; 
  • Firearms of which “white licences” have expired; and 
  • Firearms that you may have in your possession (eg estate firearms), which have never been licenced in your name. 

We at Specialised Weapons and Ammunition Trading Company, urge all South Africans to remain patient with regards to the amnesty. Our recommendation is to be a prepared as possible, so that when the amnesty is formally communicated, you are in a position to easily renew licenses.

Here are our recommendations:

  • Immediately do the necessary proficiency training (if you haven’t done it yet); and 
  • Immediately apply for a competency certificate or renewal of a competency certificate if you do not have a valid competency certificate

Give us a shout on 011 640 5019 if you require any clarity and assistance.


Thank you to the NHSA for this article.


If one was looking for near irrefutable proof that it will be illogical and severely irresponsible of the powers that be to take away self-defence as a reason for licensing a firearm (if ever that comes on the table), one does not have to look much further than at the minutes of the 24 October 2018 meeting of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police (PPCP).

On that day the PPCP discussed the presentation and analysis of the 2017/2018 crime stats made by the Civilian Secretary for Police Service (CSPS) .

The presentation addressed murder as a measure of crime stats, measuring murders at police station level, relevance of other offences and SAPS’ performance measures. The presentation also covered the SA National Victims of Crime Survey and provided recommendations.

The minutes of the mentioned meeting does not present any reason to alter any negative stance one has on the severity of crime in this country.  Nor on the fact that the public are subject to this situation mostly because of inadequate police protection (that should possibly read “…severe lack…” of protection).

The Minutes of the meeting also presents conclusive factual evidence why right minded politicians cannot even contemplate to vote for any amendment to the FCA, which would take away self-defence as reason for licensing of a firearm, if any such Bill was ever put before Parliament.

You can read the minutes of the mentioned meeting of the PPCP HERE

Please be very vigilant over the coming festive season!

Kind regards

Natshoot Office




Thank you to the NHSA for this article.



Dear Member,

1.    It has become common knowledge that SAPS (CFR) have for a while now, frustratingly declined a high percentage of licence applications for semi-auto rifles without any good reason.  This despite applicants complying with all legal requirements of the FCA to be entitled to apply for, and to possess such firearms.  The latest reason in a high number of refusals is stated as “…not convinced of need…”, which is totally outside the stipulations of the requirements prescribed by Section 16 of the FCA.

2.    More recently the same is also happening with applications for semi-auto shotguns.

3.    This situation has now reached a state where we are of the opinion that officials at CFR are overstepping the acceptable “line” for using their discretionary powers to evaluate applications for such firearms, due to the really bad, and not to frequent outside the law reasons given for refusals.

4.    In addition to the above, government, and especially SAPS, also has never had the right to decide in which legal sport we as citizens may or may not participate in.

5.    We have just completed a four-week intensive investigation into the legal avenues open to an association like us to assist its members to get CFR to act in what we perceive to be a more reasonable and responsible manner regarding applications for semi-auto rifles and shotguns.  In this process we have repeatedly been convinced by a number of highly experienced lawyers and senior advocates that it will be very difficult to get courts to decide in firearms owners’ favour against the above-mentioned administrative bad practices of the CFR (other than taking these cases to court one by one – for that NHSA just does not have the funds, apart from the fact that the matter does not concern all members).

6.    There is thus after our initial investigations no easy and clear legal way of bringing quick legal reason into this equation.  We shall continue with our “search” as this matter cannot just be left because we can for now, not see a clear legal path to bring about change, to what is fast becoming a norm for refusals of legally sound licence applications.

7.    That said, we also have to reasonably acknowledge that despite conforming with all statuary requirements to apply for semi-auto rifles and shotguns, there is an acceptable legal responsibility on an applicant to also show how and where s/he will use the firearm concerned, and why s/he cannot use the firearms s/he has licensed in his/her name for semi-auto sport shooting purposes.

8.    It is, however, unfortunately also true that not all motivations for licence applications for semi-autos proves the applicant’s participation in sport shooting, as a perceived minimum requirement one would expect to at the least, be shown by applicants.

9.    As we read members’ motivations for semi-auto rifle and shotgun applications before we issue an endorsement for same, we know that there are many of these motivations, which are not so well written (including some of the paid for motivations as well).  We, therefore, always try and give advice where such motivations can be made better.  We, however, have no way of knowing if the suggested changes were made before submission of applications, and if applications were then successful after the suggested changes were made (or not made).

10.   What we do know is that those motivations with lengthy pages of internet copied and pasted information on the history of the make of the semi-auto rifle or shotgun, and its cartridges and calibre, are not the motivations which are successful (that kind of information is well left for the collectors in their motivations).  SAPS want to know what you are going to use the firearm for; they don’t want to know if you know its history.

11.   Until such time that we can be sure of a legal route to address this issue, we advise that members who apply for semi-auto rifles and shotguns must ascertain that they, apart from being compliant with all requirements to apply for semi-auto rifles and shotguns, preferably clearly show a record of participation in sport shooting, albeit with other types of firearms.  That in itself proves participation, which logically leads to wanting to participate on another level where semi-autos are required.

12.   We acknowledge that beginners could very well start off with a semi-auto rifle or shotgun, as first firearm, but that is the exception.  That kind of application needs even better motivation.

13.   It is just as important to explain why one cannot use each of the other firearms for which one holds licences, to participation in semi-auto specific exercises (i.e. just the requirement of rapid fire in a semi-auto exercise, disqualifies firearms with break-neck actions – say so).

14.   It has been the experience that at the very least, if such a well written and proven motivation (application) is refused, and it can be clearly shown that CFR did not apply their minds when evaluating the application, it is nearly 100% of the time approved by the Appeals Board.  It is not the preferred route, we know, but it must say something for decently compiled motivations with proof of participation in sport shooting being paramount.

15.   As stated above, we shall continue with our “search” as this matter cannot just be left because we can for now, not see a clear legal path to bring about change to the CFR pattern of refusals.  Please just never give up if your first time or second time application is refused.  Keep on asking !

16.   It serves members to remember that on this issue we do not “stand alone”.  The matter of giving dismal reasons for refusal of semi-auto rifles and shotguns licence applications is also an aspect addressed by the SA Dealers Association in their coming court case against SAPS, as was reported on in our Newsletter Vol. 14(19a) dated 21-06-2018.  We really hope their pleas 6 to 9 will convince the court to rule in their favour when their case is heard in the Gauteng High Court in the near future.

17.   That will definitely go a long way in addressing the needs of our members in this regard as well.

18.   We shall keep members informed as we progress with this matter.

Kind regards

Natshoot Office.




Thank you to natshoot.co.za for this article.

Dear Member

The press has over the past two days reported that a firearms amnesty will be announced shortly.  Both the Minister of Police and senior parliamentarians have also indicated that an amnesty will be announced.

We do not yet know whether the terms of the “new” amnesty will be the same as those proposed in the unsuccessful amnesty proposed last year, or if the terms of the “new” amnesty might differ.

We shall keep you posted on the terms of the amnesty the moment we know the details and the dates.

It has been reported that one would be given an opportunity to apply for a new licence in place of an expired white licence under the anmnesty.  We can, however, not confirm last mentioned, and we shall have to wait and see.

In the mean time we urgently advise that if you wait for the amnesty to be announced in the hope that there will be some relief for people whose white licences have expired, please ascertain that you apply for renewal of the relevant competencies now, already.  The amnesty, if it is announced, will probably not be for longer than 6 months.

If you wait for the amnesty before renewing your competency, you might find that the issuing of your renewed competency takes longer than you thought.  You might then find yourself in a position that you cannot make the deadlines to participate in the proposed amnesty should they give opportunity for people to apply for new licences against their expired white licences.

All SAPS application forms for renewal of competency can be found on our website under the main heading, Firearm Licence – all SAPS application forms.

For more information on this article, please use the following link: https://natshoot.co.za/nhsa-info/nhsa-newsletters/2018/vol-14-24