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41-year-old PE man arrested for illegal possession of unlicensed firearm

By Afikile Lugunya - Dec 4, 2018
41-year-old PE man arrested for illegal possession of unlicensed firearm

Police in Port Elizabeth are warning residents against selling firearms to unlicenced persons following the arrest of a 41-year-old man for possession of a firearm that was not registered under his name.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, Kwazakhele police spotted a "suspicious" man at about 21:00 on Monday standing next to the road along Mavuso Street.

The officers decided to search him and found a 7.65 mm pistol with seven rounds of ammunition hidden in his pants.

"On testing the firearm, it was discovered that the firearm is licensed to a 63-year-old male in Krugersdorp. The firearm was not reported as stolen," he added.

"The 41-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of the illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and will be appearing in the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Wednesday."

Police investigating why firearm owner never reported firearm stolen or lost

Captain Beetge added that further investigations are being done to determine why the legal owner failed to report the firearm as lost or stolen.

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has applauded the arrest and added; "Firearm owners have a responsibility to safeguard their firearms.

"One can not simply sell or give such a fire arm to another person to keep or possess without the legal procedures in terms of the Firearms Control Act.

"Owners will face charges in terms of the act where it is not followed and adhered to and where other persons are found in possession of such firearms."

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