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    Default Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    Hi fellow gunsiters
    My father is interested in changing his pistol license from section 13 to section 15 (occasional sport shooting). He is going to have to renew his license next year regardless. My question is does the CFR allow this and I'd so how does one go about it when reapplying?

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    There is a SAPS 521(c) Change of circumstances which he will need to use to apply for the change. I am not sure if it is wise to rather renew and then apply for change. Maybe someone can assist with more knowledge regarding the change on a renewal date.

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    Renewals are done on provincial level, and not central. If the SAPS 521(c) still gets done provincially, I would rather go that route.

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    Default Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    Quote Originally Posted by STREETRACER View Post
    There is a SAPS 521(c) Change of circumstances which he will need to use to apply for the change. I am not sure if it is wise to rather renew and then apply for change. Maybe someone can assist with more knowledge regarding the change on a renewal date.
    I have been reliably informed by my DFO (Brooklyn, Pretoria) that the only time one can change the section of a licence is on a renewal. That said, the renewal (and section change) then needs to be properly and fully motivated and explained.

    Towards the end of 2019 I followed this advice and was able to successfully change my S.13 handgun licence instead to a S.16 licence (when doing so, I fully explained and motivated why the particular pistol would be suitable for my sport (IDPA) and explained why I couldn’t make use of any of my other pistols to compete in a particular division (the BUG division)).

    Despite some delays, this renewal application (and section change) was granted in August of 2020.

    Good luck to the OP with the above.


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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    Good Day

    On my renewal last week I tried to change the "Section" DFO told me it can't be done. :(

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    I am also planning to change my Sec13 to Sec16 as i want a compact EDC. I was told by my DFO that i should apply for change when i do my renewal next year.

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    Quote Originally Posted by HK416 View Post
    Good Day

    On my renewal last week I tried to change the "Section" DFO told me it can't be done. :(
    This is, simply put, not correct. See my detailed reply in Post #4 above...

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    As usual no consistency between DFO's. Mine also swears it cannot be done on renewal. I have to renew first and then change section.

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    so in my case the bloody CFR did it for me.

    Just got my renewal card, was originally section 15, on renewal I applied for Section 16. But no, collected my card and it is flippen Section 13

    This makes one wonder if they even look at the bloody motivation.

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    Default Re: Changing firearm license section on reapplication

    I was thinking of changing my sec13 to sec16 as i want a compact EDC. I was told by my DFO to apply for the change when i do my renewal later this year.

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