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Firearms storage at Accommodation Establishments

Chris Jonsson of the Hermanus Tourism Bureau's Management committee recently spoke to the SAPS about firearm storage in accommodation establishments. Here are the rules that apply to them:

In order for owners of accommodation establishments to accept firearms and/or ammunition for safekeeping they must first and foremost have a Competency Certificate. 

Secondly, they must have a register in which the firearms owner must sign the weapon in and out.

The weapon must be kept in a suitable safe which is bolted to the building structure and in a safety room to which only the designated competent person can have a key (to both the room and the safe).

Alternatively, each room can have its own suitable built-in safe and the firearms owner must be instructed on how to use it (instructions on the wall adjacent to the safe). The safe may not be left “unlocked” – then there will be no Competency Certificate required by the owner of the establishment.

Lastly, accommodation establishments can apply a “No Firearms Allowed on Premises” policy. 

Please remember to consult with the Firearms License Control Officer if in doubt or if you wish to get further guidance, instruction or training. 

- Chris Jonsson
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