Of course the police deserve all our support in their efforts to rid South Africa of the scourge of illegal firearms – there’s an estimated 2.3m of them out there!

What happens though if, as a legal gun owner, you have for some reason allowed your firearms licence to expire? You may well have come under pressure from the police to surrender your firearm for destruction, on pain of arrest and prosecution for a very serious offence.

That’s an alarming quandary to be placed in and almost half a million other expired licence holders join you in the same boat. So it’s important that you are aware of the terms of the High Court interdict recently granted against SAPS.