“GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSULT PRIVATE SECTOR”
PROFESSIONAL HUNTERS’ ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSE ON FIREARM COURT RULING
The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA) congratulates the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SA Hunters) on their triumph in court today.
The Gauteng High Court ruled Sections 24 and 28 of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) unconstitutional.
“There is a valuable lesson to be learned, and that is that Government cannot and should not develop and implement legislation in isolation,” says Tharia Unwin, chief executive officer of PHASA.
“The implementation of the legislation was not well thought through and therefore one-sided. This could have been prevented, had Government consulted the private sector,” she adds.
“We commend SA Hunters for their dedication and resilience in standing up for what is lawful and right,” concludes Unwin.
The Court has given the State 18 months to rectify the constitutionality of this piece of legislation.
In the meantime, all firearm licenses that expired remain valid. This includes the old “green” licenses.