The following article was posted by a Natshoot Office representative which we would like to share with our Legally Armed readers.
It has for some time now been mentioned in the printed and electronic media that SAPS are in a process of implementing the failed Firearm Amnesty they had previously tried to implement, again. They are currently in discussions with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police re the detail of the Amnesty’s implementation proposed for February 2018.
One of the new proposals for the Amnesty, is that firearm owners who forgot to renew licences on time, will have the opportunity to hand in those firearms with SAPS (under the Amnesty), and that they will be granted 14 days to re-apply for the licences of said firearms.
We strongly advise that our members should not participate in this process (if the Amnesty comes to fruition), but rather wait for the outcome of the SA Hunters’ Constitutional Court case to be heard on 7/8 February 2018. Then we shall all know exactly what members who forgot to renew licences must do. We shall keep members posted the moment we know.
NHSA is not convinced that SAPS can guarantee the safe keeping of hundreds of thousands of the public’s firearms should they adhere to the handing in proposal under the Amnesty.
This specific proposal of the Amnesty is, in our view, questionable, as it was the Minister of Police who lodged the Appeal against Judge Tolmay’s 4 July 2017 positive verdict on the SA Hunters court case re renewal of firearms (see NHSA Newsletter Vol. 13(09) of 04-07-2017).
It remains an open question as to why SAPS chose to include this specific procedure in the Amnesty proposal, and not also await the outcome of the Constitutional Court case their Minister “created” with his Appeal against the verdict of Judge Tolmay. If they await the Constitutional Court verdict, they can surely implement a better legal solution to the problem of managing the hundreds of thousands of firearms of which licences were not renewed on time.
Keep safe !!