Can any South African weapon owners verify the benefit of joining a dedicated shooters or dedicated hunters union to improve ones gun application?
Happy new year from me and enjoy your 2012 hunting trips!!!
I would like to know if anyone from RSA can say for sure that supporting documents like being a 'dedicated shooter' or 'dedicated hunter' will definitely improve the application process or better motivate the need for a rifle or weapon....EVEN WHEN ONE DOES NOT OWN MORE THAN THE FOUR PRESCRIBED RIFLES (OR 3 RIFLES + 1 SHOTGUN) AND A HANDGUN that necessitates such a status.
Here is my understanding:
-I believe its certainly better to get a dedicated hunters/shooters status anyway to improve my overall understanding and handling of my weapon in the field.
-It will benefit me in the industry and improve my skills.
-I do not need it (even though I want it) if I apply for a weapon as long as I meet the criterea mentioned above ie if I do not own or am not in the process of applying for MORE than the prescribed amount of weapons (4 'sport' weapons and 1 'self-defence').
-I will do at least the dedicated hunters course for sure anyway, but for now I have to work carefully and put my priorities in order and only do what is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY to apply for a .375 and shotgun (I have applied for a .303 and .44spl already without a 'dedicated' status).
#Any advice on the last calibre choice? Supressed .222 maybe...?#
Here is what some people have said/what I have heard(hearsay) from dedicated shooters and dedicated hunters in RSA:
-If you get a dedicated shooters/hunters status your application for a firearm will be processed sooner because of the motivation and 'backing' by certain shooting institutions.
-People have been getting their licenses approved within three months because of their status even though they don't legally require that status to own more than the prescribed amount of weapons (rubbish???)
Here is what I think (not what I know):
-The SAPS do checks to verify that the application is true and correct and that one does not have a criminal record etc...
-How can a dedicated shooters status 'speed' that process up? It makes no sense... It certainly puts one in a better light and shows that one is infact a 'dedicated shooter', but...
The point of the police doing all these checks is to ascertain for sure that:
-one is not a criminal (or have a criminal record whereby having a weapon in the future is not a good idea)
-one did not lie on the application
-one is competent to handle and use the firearm for the specified purpose etc...
How can a dedicated shooters status 'speed that up', it should still take the same amount of time due to all the paperwork. Do the police then just read that one is a dedicated shooter and then forget about doing the background check???? I think not.
I think the SAPS do their work where required, and as of late I have been hearing good news about the firearm departments at the SAPS and I salute the men and women who have gone unnoticed in trying to amend certain flaws in the system by working overtime and going the extramile to make sure that you and I get our thundersticks in a relatively good time-frame!
I understand the purpose of having a dedicated shooters/hunters status...but I do not see why having that status would improve/speed up/better motivate the need to own weapons WHEN ONE DOES NOT OWN MORE THAN THE 5 WEAPONS as prescribed by the laws of South Africa.
I am not trying to step on some toes, the thing is I dont know if a such a status is worth pursuing for the purposes of increasing the chances to own a weapon where it is not legally required to get such a status. I believe the 'dedicated' status is to improve and maintain the shooters capabilities and own more than 5 weapons and 200 rounds of ammo(not merely to 'improve chances'), is of vital importance and relevant for dedicated shooters and collectors, and is beneficial overall... i'm not questioning that at all... I want to know if I should go ahead right now when I am struggling to accomodate that courses in my plan, and get the status at all seeing as I will probably not ever own more than 5 weapons.
Please gentlemen, as I said, its not because I think I know anything at all, its because I do not know that I am asking...im not implying anything other than "What do you know that I do not know?" and, "What advice do you have?". So, please guys, if I have said the wrong thing its because I am not well-informed about it, not because I think I know anything at all.
I joined AH for guidance and education from more experienced peers, and nothing other than trying to break into an industry that I love.