Court rules gun licenses valid until act tested
All gun licenses will remain valid until the constitutionality of the Firearms Control Act has been tested.
Tuesday had been set as the deadline for unlicensed gun owners to hand over the guns.
It was found the SAPS did not have capacity to deal with the hundreds of thousands of people who have not applied for gun licenses even if they did bring applications by next week Tuesday.
The court said there was a prima facie case that the Firearms Control Act’s constitutionality may be challenged and said until this matter has been settled, all gun licenses will be deemed valid.
This means although the deadline for renewals expires next week, police will not be able to arrest gun owners as previously threatened.