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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a firearm 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117705  Demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000) applicable to possessing a firearm 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons who need to demonstrate knowledge of the Firearms Control Act 2000 (Act No 60 of 2000), herein after the Act that is applicable to legally possess a firearm. Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the statutory duties and obligations of firearm ownership as contained in the Act;
  • Demonstrate understanding of the statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession, handling, carrying, storage and use of firearms as prescribed by the Act; and
  • Demonstrate understanding of the statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession and storage of ammunition as prescribed by the Act. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    No prior learning is assumed to be in place. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • In this unit standard, "Act" refers to the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000), as amended, as well as related Regulations. The sections of the Act and Regulations relevant to possessing a firearm are listed under Notes.
  • Learners assessed against this unit standard should have access to the Act, its amendments and Regulations. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the statutory duties and obligations applicable to the firearm ownership as contained in the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "presumptions relating to failure to report" as detailed in Section 118 of the Act is explained in terms of its implication for the firearm owner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The term "presumption of failure to take reasonable steps" as detailed in Section 119 of the Act is explained in terms of its implication for the firearm owner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The term "presumptions relating to" the possession of firearms and ammunition as detailed in section 117 of the Act is explained in terms of its implication for the firearm owner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The term "offences" is explained as detailed in Section 120 of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The general circumstances under which the registrar may declare a person unfit to possess a firearm are explained as outlined in Section 102 of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The general circumstances under which the court may declare a person unfit to possess a firearm are explained as outlined in Section 103 of the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The effect of a declaration of a person as unfit to possess a firearm is explained in terms of Section 104 of the Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate understanding of the statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession, handling, carrying, storage and use of firearms as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession of firearms and firearm parts are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the use and handling of firearms are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the carrying of firearms are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the storage of firearms are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the disposal of firearms and firearm parts are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate understanding of the statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession and storage of ammunition as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the possession of ammunition are explained as prescribed by the Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The statutory prescriptions applicable to the storage of ammunition are explained as prescribed by the Act. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA/and any other body with whom a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or any other body with whom a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into.
  • The relevant ETQA or any other body with whom a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into will oversee assessment and moderation of assessment according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant competency of the relevant ETQA or any other body with whom a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into.
  • Any training provider offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must also be accredited with the South African Police Service. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The relevant sections of the Act as amended and all relevant regulations to the Act. (see Notes) 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information when demonstrating knowledge of the Act. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating with others when explaining the legislative prescripts of the Act. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The following sections of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000), as amended, are applicable to the possession of firearms:

    CHAPTER 01 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS:
  • Section 01: Definitions
  • Section 02: Purpose of the Act.

    CHAPTER 02 - PROHIBITIONS:
  • Section 03: General prohibitions in respect of firearms
  • Section 04: Prohibited firearms

    CHAPTER 03 - SPECIAL PROVISIONS IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN DEVICES:
  • Section 05: Devices not firearms for the purposes of

    CHAPTER 05 - COMPETENCY CERTIFICATES:
  • Section 09: Application for competency certificate

    CHAPTER 06 - LICENCE TO POSSESS FIREARM :
  • Section 13: Licence to possess firearm for self-defence
  • Section 22: Holder of licence may allow another person to use firearm
  • Section 24: Renewal of firearm licences
  • Section 25: Notification of change of address
  • Section 26: Notification of change of circumstances
  • Section 27: Period of validity of licence or permit
  • Section 29: Defaced, lost or stolen licences, permits and authorisations

    CHAPTER 09 - STORAGE, TRANSPORT AND CARRYING OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION:
  • Section 84: Carrying of firearm in public place

    CHAPTER 10 - CONTROL OF AMMUNITION AND FIREARM PARTS:
  • Section 90: Prohibition of possession of ammunition
  • Section 91: Restriction on possession of ammunition
  • Section 93: Loading or reloading of ammunition
  • Section 94: Prohibition of possession of firearm parts

    CHAPTER 12 - DECLARATION OF PERSONS AS UNFIT TO POSSESS FIREARM:
  • Section 102: Declaration by Registrar of person as unfit to possess firearm
  • Section 103: Declaration by court of person to be unfit to possess firearm
  • Section 104: Effect of declaration

    CHAPTER 13 - INSPECTIONS:
  • Section 106: Production of licences and firearms for inspection
  • Section 107: Duty to comply with request of police official or authorised person
  • Section 108: Request for information

    CHAPTER 14 - SEARCH AND SEIZURE:
  • Section 113: Body prints and bodily samples
  • Section 114: Ballistic testing
  • Section 115: Inspection, search and seizure for inquiry or investigation (with special warrant)

    CHAPTER 15 - PRESUMPTIONS:
  • Section 117: Presumptions of possessions of firearm or ammunition
  • Section 118: Presumptions relating to failure to report
  • Section 119: Presumption of failure to take reasonable steps

    CHAPTER 16 - OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND ADMINISTRATIVE FINES:
  • Section 120: Offences (as amended: Act No. 43, 2003)

    CHAPTER 18 - RIGHT OF APPEAL:
  • Section 133: Right of appeal

    CHAPTER 21 - GENERAL PROVISIONS:
  • Section 148: Inherited firearms


    The following regulations of the Firearms Control Regulations 2004 are applicable to the possession of firearms:

    CHAPTER 01 - INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS:
  • Regulation 01: Definitions

    CHAPTER 08 - CONTROL OF AMMUNITION AND FIREARM PARTS:
  • Regulation 74: Application for authorisation to possess more than 2400 primers and to possess more than 200 cartridges

    CHAPTER 10 - SAFE CUSTODY OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION:
  • Regulation 86: Safes and safe custody

    CHAPTER 11:
  • Regulation 91: Appeal procedure

    CHAPTER 12 - GENERAL PROVISIONS:
  • Regulation 94: Surrendering of firearms and ammunition
  • Regulation 99: Deferment of licences, permit authorisation in case of theft or loss of firearm
  • Regulation 100: Change of address
  • Regulation 107: Change of circumstances 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  58577   National Certificate: General Security Practices  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  50480   Further Education and Training Certificate: Firearm Training  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAPFTC 
    Core  62289   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Law Enforcement  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  50285   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    2. FORUM SEKURITEIT 
    3. INSIMBI SECURITY TRAINING CENTRE 
    4. JJM SECURITY 
    5. Mangaung Traffic Training College 
    6. TACKLE HOF TRADING 
    7. TACTICAL AND STRATEGIC SECURITY TRAINING 
    8. THIZRAM 
    9. THREEWAY CONSULTING 
    10. TLOTSOPARTNERS 
    11. Tshwane Leadership & Management Academy/Tshwane Metro Police 
    12. WILLSHIR TRADING 



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