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Pistorius Knowingly Broke Fundamental Gun Law

17/03/2014 10:41 GMT | Updated 17/03/2014 10:59 GMT

A firearms exam completed by Oscar Pistorius suggests the star knew better than to shoot blindly at a suspected intruder, the court heard today.

Firearm licence facilitator, Sean Patrick Rens read out the test which included scenario-based questions involving correct firearm protocol if under attack.

In one answer, the blade runner recited a fundamental rule of owning a firearm, writing in the exam: "Know your target and what lies beyond."

In his statement, the amputee sprinter claims he thought there was in intruder behind the closed bathroom door when he fired four shots, shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with three of the bullets.

Before legally possessing a firearm, South African law requires you to pass a test on the knowledge of the Firearms Control Act as well as prescribed training and a practical test regarding the safe and efficient handling of a firearm.

Reading the questions aloud, Rens said: "What are the legal requirements for the use of lethal force when defending an attack?"

He then read out Oscar's response to the court: "Attack must be against you. Attack must be against a person and unlawful."

Pistorius' answers in the official firearms exam suggest despite knowing the law, the athlete opened fire without being under direct attack.

During his testimony, Mr Rens also read aloud an invoice for six weapons, including shotguns, an assault rifle and a self-loading semi-automatic rifle.

The invoice was cancelled one month after Reeva's death at Pistorius' home on 14 February 2013.

The trial continues.