Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
27 Jul 2020
5:00 am

Expired gun licences in breach of law – Supreme Court rules

Bernadette Wicks

The judgement comes on the back of an ongoing battle between Gun Owners South Africa and government over the system of firearm licensing and renewal.

Picture: iStock

Hundreds of thousands of gun owners around the country could be forced to hand in their arms after a high court order – which has for the past two years allowed them to hang onto their weapons despite their licenses having lapsed – was shot down by the Supreme Court of Appeal. An attorney Martin Hood, who specialises in firearms law, said the judgement effectively places gun owners whose licenses have expired in breach of the law. “And the court has basically instructed the police to do something about all of those firearms,” Hood said. With a proposed new firearms...