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The appeal of the SAPS against the Gauteng North High Court's decision on SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association's (SA Hunters) application to declare two sections of the Firearms Control Act unconstitutional, will be heard in the Constitutional Court on 8 February 2018.Read more...
The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) is calling on the public to abide to existing firearm laws until the current legal challenge on the constitutionality of Section 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act has been concluded in the Constitutional Court.Read more...
On Tuesday 4 July, the Gauteng High Court declared two sections (Section 24 and Section 28) of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) unconstitutional and ruled that all firearm licences that expired or were due to expire, would be deemed valid until the Constitutional Court has reviewed the constitutionality of Section 24 and 28.
Furthermore, Parliament has been given 18 months to amend the Act to meet the constitutional imperatives. A cost order has also been granted in favour of SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters).
This judgement is a major victory for SA Hunters, which filed an application against the Minister of Police in March 2016, questioning the constitutionality of Section 24 and 28 of the Act as well as the unilateral interpretation and implementation thereof by the Police.
SA Hunters CEO, Fred Camphor, is delighted. “We got exactly what we had asked for. Approximately 200 000 firearm owners or maybe even more can heave a sigh of relief that they are once again in legal possession of their firearms. This is a victory for SA Hunters and for all law-abiding firearm owners in South Africa. This is the reason why firearm owners should become members of SA Hunters.”
The court application followed on the SAPS’ arbitrary handling of late applications for the renewal of firearm licences between 2011 and 2016. It was the second time that SA Hunters succeeded in legal action in the interest of all firearm owners.
In June 2009, the Association filed two applications against SAPS in the North Gauteng High Court to request that some of the interim regulations in Act 60 be declared unconstitutional. The court also ruled in favour of SA Hunters in the urgent application and declared all licences issued in terms of the old Act (also known as the old green licence) to remain valid until the main application had been dealt with. Thousands of firearm owners escaped criminalisation. The main application was never heard due largely to the SAPS not responding to the founding statement at all.
This latest judgement by the North Gauteng High Court offers enormous relief to law-abiding firearm owners that simply forgot to renew their licences and that are looking for a sensible process and a fair system to own a firearm and to renew its licence. This ruling is not the end of the road to a long and frustrating battle, but merely the beginning towards implementing practical legislation that is in the interest of an individual’s rights to own a firearm.
Camphor expressed his sincere gratitude to the members of SA Hunters for their loyalty, financial and moral support. “We also enjoyed the support from many other organisations and members of the public and we are grateful for all the support received during the past 15 months.”
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HuntEx2017, the biggest firearm and hunting expo in the country that was held at Gallagher Convention Centre from 28 April to 1 May, was a much more relaxed experience for 386 exhibitors and 38 202 visitors alike. It was the seventh consecutive annual expo held in Gauteng.
The extra show day – five days in total – took the pressure off exhibitors and gave them more time to serve and interact with visitors about new products and services at their stands. Adriaan Woudstra, owner and organiser of HuntEx, said the timing of this year’s event to coincide with two public holidays allowed for a more laid-back visitor experience.
Firearms amnesty period will fail to curb criminal activities
The amnesty period of 1 April to 30 September declared by SAPS for handing in illegal firearms without fear of prosecution, will have no impact whatsoever on firearm related criminal activities, said SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters).
Vuurwapen-amnestie sal faal om misdaad te bekamp
Die voorgestelde amnestietydperk van1 April tot 30 September waartydens mense onwettige vuurwapens by die SAPD kan inhandig sonder vrees vir vervolging, sal geen bydrae maak om gewapende misdaad te voorkom nie, het SA Jagters- en Wildbewaringsvereniging (SA Jagters) Woensdagaand, 15 Maart gesê.
Pretoria: The birth of three cheetah cubs at Rietvlei Nature Reserve (RNR) south of Pretoria early in November 2016 has caused great excitement among regular visitors and staff at this 4000 ha reserve in the heart of Tshwane.