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31 May 2021

“No firearm licences may be issued 
for self-defence purposes”

The cat’s out of the bag. The proposed bill, a long and complicated document, reads… “to provide that no firearm licences may be issued for self-defence purposes”. This part of the sentence has the nation up in arms… well, more specifically, those who own guns for the purpose of defending themselves and their loved ones against evil. 
The Firearm Amendment Bill was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 21 May. The draft Bill seeks to amend the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000). Read more on: https://www.saps.gov.za/resource_centre/notices/downloads/invitation_for_public_comment_draft_notice_in_gazette_2021.pdf

Self-defence is the defence of one’s person or interests, especially through the use of physical force, which is permitted in certain cases as an answer to a charge of violent crime.
In more latent terms, if you’re life is danger, or that of your loved one… you will do everything in your power to make sure no harm is done. However, if you take away a gun owner’s firearm, with what must he/she defend him/herself against an attacker with a gun? A knife? Run all the way over to the gunman and try to jab him? Maybe throw a stone at him, or a Batman star? Go for the throat or groin? Try a Jackie Chan move? 
What about farmers and farm workers?  Ask the perp politely not to rape the women and children, and throw them with a mielie? They will become sitting ducks…

The proposed law would definitely do away with the CFR’s backlog...
The proposed law would definitely do away with the CFR’s backlog...

 The proposed law would definitely do away with the CFR’s backlog...
A video and photos on 15 May posted on Facebook about the filing system at the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) is an abomination! If you want to find your application, be my guest – see you in 100 years! 

Amnesty… I’m sure all the bad guys handed in their guns. 
Why? Because the cops asked them to! 

In January all media outlets highlighted SAPS’ plea when they reminded the public to surrender their illegal and unwanted firearms, firearm parts, or ammunition without fear of being persecuted. The deadline for the firearm amnesty was Sunday 31 January 2021. From 1 August 2020 up to two weeks before the deadline 23,399 firearms and 119,781 rounds of ammunition were surrendered. Of the firearms surrendered, 3,139 were voluntarily handed in by their legal owners while 20,260 – for which licenses have expired – were handed in. Subsequent to this, 23,724 rounds of ammunition were also voluntarily handed over to police including 96,057 rounds of ammunition that were surrendered by owners whose firearm licenses had expired.

What happens with your gun when you give it to the cops? 
I’m not really sure… But… The divisional commissioner of operational response services lieutenant general Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, on behalf of the National Commissioner of South African Police Service (SAPS) general khehla John Sitole, oversaw the destruction of 35,069 firearms at Cape Gate Wire and Steel Manufactures in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Friday 28 January.

What happens with your gun when you give it to the cops? 

 

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