Police take out unfit gun owners

2015-06-30 06:00
The legal owner of this Taurus revolver has been found incompetent to own a firearm for 99 years. Police confiscated her firearm last year and the verdict is as a result of a Section 102 hearing.


PHOTO: 
SAmantha Lee

The legal owner of this Taurus revolver has been found incompetent to own a firearm for 99 years. Police confiscated her firearm last year and the verdict is as a result of a Section 102 hearing. PHOTO: SAmantha Lee

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The Mitchell’s Plain police are delivering on their promise to clamp down on incompetent gun owners.

Last year, Major-General Abraham Goss initiated a door-to-door campaign aimed at licensed gun owners (“Clampdown on guns”, People’s Post, 24 November 2014).

Since then the police have had their hands full dealing with the increase in Section 102 hearings which determine whether a person is fit to be a gun owner.

Since September the police in the cluster have collected hundreds of guns, with most of them from the Mitchell’s Plain precinct.

In a recent incident, a gun owner was found to be unable to use the weapon.

Station commander Brigadier Cass Goolam says: “Our officers went to the owner’s home to do a check-up.”

The woman had stored the weapon correctly and had the correct licence and competency certificate. An officer counted her ammunition and asked her to open the chamber to count the bullets inside.

“She then told him she did not know how to open the gun,” Goolam says.

During a second home visit, the woman could still not open the chamber. “Officers confiscated the gun. In making the statement and not being able to make the gun safe she had proven she is not competent to possess the firearm,” he says.

In a recent verdict she was found incompetent to possess a firearm and cannot own one for 99 years.

Following any hearing, if the owner is found to be unfit to own a gun, he has to turn it over to the police within 24 hours. The owner is then given the opportunity to sell the gun or it is destroyed.

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