SA Hunters CEO, Fred Camphor, said most of these firearm owners simply forgot to renew their licences. “They are not criminals and did not use these firearms in criminal acts. They just forgot to renew their licences in the same way people sometimes forget to renew their drivers’ licences or motor vehicle licences. In these instances, the person renews the licence and pays an administrative fine without having to surrender his motor vehicle.”
Since 2011, SAPS accepted each licence renewal applications that had been submitted (even five years after they had expired). These applications were processed and renewal licences were issued providing the applicant met the required criteria. There are thousands of examples.
In February 2016, this situation changed when the acting police commissioner instructed police stations not to accept any late renewal applications for firearm licences. In addition, police had to inform applicants that they were in illegal possession of a firearm and should surrender their firearms at their nearest police station.
SA Hunters believes the police’s action is illegal and brought the court application to amend the Act and correct the shortcomings. If SA Hunters succeeds with its application, all firearm owners in South African will benefit and not only its 40 000 members.
Any person or organisation interested in assisting SA Hunters in this matter can do so by making a donation to the SA Hunters Legal Aid Fund: Absa Bank, Branch: 632005, Account No: 9134305406.
High Court Application April 2017 - Documents
|Gun Free South Africa - Affidavit and Annexures (Part 1)||10.64 MB||2017-04-13|
|Gun Free South Africa - Heads of Argument||1.2 MB||2017-04-13|
|Minister of Safety and Security – Heads of Argument||1005.3 KB||2017-04-13|
|Minister of Safety and Security – Respondents Answering Affidavit||11.85 MB||2017-04-13|
|SAGA - Application to be Joined as Amicus Curiae||7.27 MB||2017-04-13|
|SAGA - Heads of Argument||3.81 MB||2017-04-13|
|SAGA - Replying Affidavit||2.77 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters - 2009 Court Jugement||1.81 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters - Heads of Argument||1.76 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters – Notice of Motion and Founding Affidavit||5.99 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters – Replying Affidavit (Vol 1)||2.03 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters – Replying Affidavit (Vol 2)||3.94 MB||2017-04-13|
|SA Hunters – Replying Affidavit (Vol 3)||1.63 MB||2017-04-13|
Contact the SA Hunters Head Office in 012 808 9300 should you be interested in the court annexures