Gun owners challenge law abuse

2009-04-02 00:00

Gun Owners of South Africa (Gosa) do not agree with how the new firearm licensing laws have been implemented.

Firearms owners who have been unable to renew their licence, or have not been approved for renewal, have had to surrender their firearms.

The cut-off for this year was Tuesday. Those who missed the deadline have till the end of June to dispose of their firearms.

Almost 600 000 gun owners have been forced to surrender their firearms in the past three years.

They are entitled to receive compensation under a law administered under the Arms and Ammunition Act.

According to Abios Khoele, national chairman of the Black Gun Owners' Association of South Africa (BGOASA), none of the 600 000 has so far been compensated.

Khoele criticised the ANC governmenty for paying more attention to taxi drivers than to citizens who want to protect themselves.

"When taxi drivers refuse to obey the law and demand to speak to government because they were not consulted, the ANC comes running to listen. When firearm owners refuse to obey the law, the ANC hides behind the blanket of the SAPS who regularly threaten to imprison everyone."

Khoele said he feels the ANC should have mentioned in its manifesto its intention "to render law-abiding citizens defenceless" in the face of the country's worsening crime situation.

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