Since the first court cases against the Minister of Police in 2009 the outcomes and effects it has on firearm owners does read like a Western movie title!
We as firearm owners can only take our hats off to each organization and individual, who took to battle, to fight for our firearm rights.
Keep in mind as judgement may be reached in pending cases the situation can change at any time.
WHERE DO WE CURRENTLY STAND AT THIS POINT IN TIME AFTER SEVERAL COURT CASES?
In brief the practical implications at this point in time are summed up to be the following:
Green licenses are valid, whether it’s the green card or the older style license pasted in the ID book.
Even if a white license card expired the SAPS will not prosecute such an owner and such firearms need not to be surrendered to the SAPS.
If any license is past its expiry date you cannot apply for renewal, as the SAPS database is not allowing for such an application to be captured. Even a dealer is unable to book such a firearm into dealer stock. General legal advice is to lock this firearm in your safe and not use it.
The only option at this point in time to get such a firearm off your name as the legal owner would be to surrender this firearm for destruction at the SAPS.
In the case of having an expired white license while still possessing the older green license, we only have legal opinion. There is unfortunately disagreement between SAPS interpretation of this and some of the best legal minds in the business.
Even with more court cases looming the capturing of SAP 350 documents to update dealer stock is at least attempted by CFR, the success of a new e-mail and their commitment to in fact fulfill this function as required, still remains to be seen.
The effect of this is when purchasing a firearm and if it is not updated to current dealer stock; it is often used by the SAPS as a reason to prevent buyers from applying to license such a firearm.
The result of this was applicants, dealers and accredited organization representing them, having a punch up, while the guilty party (the CFR) stood aside and missed any blame!
Lastly any firearm owner should be concerned regarding proposed amendments to the Firearms Control Act which was leaked during November 2018, although not a legal document at the time, this could end up being the noose around the neck for civilian firearm ownership in South Africa if these amendments are passed.
From all of this we need to learn firearm owners, dealers and organizations representing them need to stick together if we want any good to prevail!
Legally Armed Volksrust
Legally Armed Volksrust serves customers in the towns and districts of Volksrust, Newcastle, Ladysmith, Utrecht and Dundee.
As experienced members of the Legally Armed group we offer our clients the opportunity to resolve all firearm related issues and assist with enquiries regarding licensing of any firearm, whether needed for self-defense, hunting, sport shooting or business purposes.
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