Registration (Or Failure Thereof) Leads
to Confiscation in South Africa

By Dean Weingarten. July 22nd, 2018
Original Source

On June 7th the Constitutional Court in South Africa, overruled a lower court's decision that parts of South Africa's gun laws were unconstitutional. The ruling will force hundreds of thousands of gun owners who didn't renew their permits to turn in their firearms. There's no provision for appeal or legitimate reasons for delay, such as hospitalization or death.


Section 24 of the Act requires that any person who seeks to renew a licence must do so 90 days before its expiry date. Section 28 stipulates that if a firearm licence has been cancelled, the firearm must be disposed of or forfeited to the state. A 60-day timeframe was placed on its disposal, which was to be done through a dealer.

In 2017, North Gauteng High Court judge Ronel Tolmay ruled that these two sections were unconstitutional. She stated that firearms due for renewal in terms of section 24 of the act "will be deemed to be valid, until the Constitutional Court has made its determination on the Constitutionality of the aforesaid sections".

The effects of yesterday's ruling are far-reaching. It is estimated that there are at least 300 000 firearm owners who - either negligently or intently - failed to renew their firearm licences. These people will have to hand their firearms in at their nearest police stations, from where they will be destroyed. .......

The lesson to be learned here is that registration and licenses, which together represent nothing more than 'privilege', can be all that is needed to progress towards confiscation. One of the anti's strongest wishes, (ultimately total disarmament), is a registration system whereby all guns can be traced (prior to taking them) - which of course does not touch illegal firearms - just those belonging to the law abiding. The South African situation reported on should be a significant wake-up call despite our Second Amendment.

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