2009-06-24 : Dispose of your firearms

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2009-06-24 : Dispose of your firearms

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-06-24 09:45

'Dispose of your firearm'
The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association has asked the High Court in Pretoria to extend the deadline for the renewal of gun licences, reports said on Wednesday.

SABC radio news reported that the association launched an urgent bid requesting an extension of the implementation of the new Firearms Control Act which comes into effect on 1 July 2009.

Lawyer Bertus Bergenthuin told the court the government was unable to deal with the administrative load brought upon by the new legislation.

He said the State only managed to deal with half of the 700 000 applications for competency certificates to own a firearm in the past five years, Beeld newspaper reported.

He argued that the applicants' right to administrative fairness was being infringed upon by unfair and illogical regulations.

The case continues before Judge Bill Prinsloo on Wednesday.

The police warned on Tuesday that firearm owners who had not renewed their permits by 30 June would be breaking the law.

As of 1 July 2009, all licences, permits and authorisations to possess a firearm in terms of the Arms and Ammunition Act of 1969 would cease to be legal, Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said in a statement.

"If you are in possession of a firearm and you did not renew your licence, permit or authorisation in terms of the Firearm Controls Act of 2000, then you are urged to dispose of the said firearm.

"We once again wish to urge firearm owners who have opted not to renew their licences, permits or authorisations to act before 30 June and avoid the last-minute rush," he said.

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