F.A.Q
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:00

Is it legal to use a silencer when hunting in South Africa?

USE OF SILENCERS

June 2014, PHASA enquired from provinces regarding the legal use of silencers for hunting. Summary below:


GAUTENG:  
Gauteng Ordinance 12 of 1983 does not prohibit the use of a silencer for hunting. It is therefore not illegal.

KZN:  
Legislation does not refer to silencers or sound suppressors. They are therefore not prohibited methods.

Northern Cape:
In the NCNCA 9/2009 a silencer is listed as a prohibited Hunting Method or Instrument BUT with the standard  provision that it can be used if  permitted by the landowner.  IN SHORT  -  it will be illegal to use on a public road but legal to use during a legal hunt the moment the landowners signs the written permission document

Free State:  
There is no legislation in place regarding the use of silencers in the Free State.  In short, it is not prohibited to make use of a silencer during a hunt.

Mpumalanga:
Current conservation legislation in Mpumalanga does not allow for the use of a suppressor/silencer without a permit, however we believe it is outdated and we will amend our Act and Regulations accordingly when the opportunity presents itself.

Mpumalanga Nature Conservation Act, Act 10 of 1998. Art. 11(f)    

Eastern Cape:
Not illegal to use a silencer on a rifle.

Limpopo:
LEMA do not prohibit the use of a silencer on a gun when hunting. Please read Art 38 in LEMA to get clarity.

It is advised that the hunter obtain permission/find out from the farm owner if he allows silencers on his property or not.