Pretoria - The Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria has declared two sections of the Firearms Control Act unconstitutional.
The sections deal with procedures that should be in place when surrendering a firearm of which the licence had already lapsed.
In her groundbreaking judgment, Judge Ronel Tolmay ordered that all firearms issued in terms of the Act, which are or were due to be renewed, shall be deemed to be valid, until the Constitutional Court had spoken the last word on the subject.
The judge also gave Parliament 18 months within which to amend the Act in order to make it compliant with the Constitution.
The judge said as things stand now, there is confusion among gun owners as to the proper procedure of how to go about in renewing firearm licences which had already lapsed.