How to get a firearm license in South Africa

How to get a firearm license in South Africa

Step 1

The first step that anyone should take to license a firearm must take, is to complete the required proficiency training course that corresponds with the type of firearm that they wish to license. If you want to own a handgun, you would need to complete the training for Handguns, if you want to own a rifle or shotgun, you would have to complete the respective courses for each. The same applies to semi-auto weapons or carbines.

Here at Suburban Guns, we provide the required training for the step above.

  • Legal Test (Firearm Law)
  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle
  • Self Loading Rifles and Carbines
  • Combo Book (All of the above in one book)

Step 2

Once you have completed Step 1, your next step is to go to your local police station and speak to your District Firearms Officer (DFO) and request an application form to submit a competency to possess a firearm. This is a simple application form in which you must provide character references such as close friends or family member. The police will then do a telephonic interview to establish that are of sound mind and body and that you do not possess a criminal record or participate in violent or dangerous behaviour.

Step 3

The third and final step, once you have completed steps 1 and 2, is to come to Suburban Guns and purchase a firearm of your choice. The store will then provide you with a SAPS 271 and SAPS 350A application form which you will need to complete, attach your motivational documentation and submit the application with your DFO. The store will keep the firearm safe while your application is in progress. Once your application has been approved, you may take possession of your firearm and collect the firearm from the store.


Should you want to get started or require more information, please contact us or visit us in the store.

National Cartridge Company (Pty) Ltd. T/A Suburban Guns

119 Main Road, Plumstead, Cape Town, South Africa

0217978787 |


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