This comes after a Constitutional Court judgment earlier in June, stating that a person who failed to renew their licences will be unlawful in possession of the firearm from the date the licence expired as indicated on the Licence card.
Gun owners without licences who voluntary surrender their firearms to the police will not be prosecuted, said a Klerksdorp police spokesperson.
Klerksdorp citizens must surrender their firearms(s) at Klerksdorp SAPS, second floor office 205 between 08:00-16:00 on Mondays to Fridays. Documents required are a valid ID/driver’s licence and the firearm licence (if you don’t have a licence a sworn statement) and the firearm (unloaded) with ammunition. Residents in Orkney, Stilfontein and Hartbeesfontein can contact the firearm officer at their respective police stations.
This ruling comes after a long court battle between the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) and the minister of police.
Justice Johan Froneman ruled that owning a firearm was not a fundamental right, but a privilege regulated by law under the Firearms Control Act.
For any enquiries, phone Klerksdorp Firearm office 018 464 5067/018 464 5062.