GFSA acted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in a 2018 case in which the Minister of Police appealed a High Court judgment which challenged the constitutionality of regular gun licence renewals.
Using evidence provided by GFSA, the ConCourt unanimously ruled that gun ownership is not a fundamental right under our Bill of Rights, rather it is a privilege regulated by the Firearms Control Act. Under the Act:
• No person may possess a gun without a valid licence;
• A firearm licence is valid for a limited period of time; and
• Unless a gun owner has renewed his gun licence before expiry, he has committed a criminal offence and is subject to penalties, including a fine or imprisonment.