Monday, November 09, 2020

SA firearm a disaster

 The South African Arms and Ammunition Dealers’ Association (SAAADA) says that it has been difficult to register firearms because the regulations are constantly changing. 

The SAAADA asked the police to speak to the firearms community in order to work together towards a violent free South Africa. Allowing citizens to be safe, gain from the economic activity and free to practice their legitimate and lawful pursuits. 

The Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has voluntarily stopped engaging with leaders in the firearms fraternity since early 2018. These include collectors, gunsmiths, hunters, sport shooters, dealers etc. 

SAAADA chairperson Jonathan Fouché said that the police (SAPS) constantly changes policies without disclosing those changes with the stakeholders. Thus making it extremely difficult to keep up with the regularities and increasing the chance of firearm dealers and owners to unintentionally break the law. 

Gun Free SA director Adèle Kirsten said that the presidency should put in place and independent forensic audit for all firearm licences, permits etc. from January 2015. This would investigate who was issued what licence and for what reason. “Corruption in the national firearms control management system is systemic, widespread, deeply entrenched and deadly,” she Adèle. 

By Danielle Mentoor 


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