Old firearm licenses remain valid, says court

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Old firearm licenses remain valid, says court
Old firearm licenses remain valid, says court- Image - Die Vryburger

The Northern Gauteng High Court has determined that provisions 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act is unconstitutional and instructed parliament to amend this law within 18 months.

It is of utmost importance that all expired licenses will be deemed valid until Parliament has made the necessary amendment.

In practice, it means that no-one can now be prosecuted if the arms license has expired.

People who have already been charged because their arms license has expired can now request the prosecution to be terminated against them.

It is still unclear exactly how this process will now be managed by SAPS. It could reasonably be expected that the SAPS would now allow people to renew expired licenses or allow such weapons to be sold, but until the SAPS official responds to this issue, it is merely speculation.

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