What you are reading in this newsletter comprises the legal viewpoint of die SAHGCA's legal representative, Mr George Nell, in terms of his interpretation of the present viewpoint of the SAPS on the implementation of this phase of the Weapons Act.
In a document issued by the SAPS (central firearms register) to its different departments a detailed order is presented on how applications and other aspects should be treated between 31 March 2009 and 30 June 2009, as well as after 1 July 2009. There may well, however, be some changes after discussion between Hunters Forum and Dir Bothma on 28 April 2009 or should the courts cause the SAPS to reconsider its views. SAHGCA members are advised that they should act strictly in accordance of the law rather than to wait for a "change of climate"Â�.
This exposition is not intended to explain the SAHGCA's perspectives on the process, but an effort to present a cryptic and clinical rendition of the SAPS's standpoint on the way in which they are going to manage the process.
Take serious note that the above interpretations and methods has already been circulated to all firearms centres and control points per official instructions by order of the SAPS and that it is already being implemented.
There are a few disturbing points and more specifically the handing in of firearms that will receive urgent attention form the SAHGCA, other instances and legal practitioners active in this field.
In a further newsletter proposed solutions and interim proposals will be presented and the SAHGCA will do everything in its power to facilitate a more moderate implementation of this legislation.
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