Firearms bill under discussion

2020-02-19 06:04

THE DA welcomes a decision by the KZN Conservation and Environmental Affairs Portfolio Committee to discuss the proposed Firearms Control Bill and its potential impact on the economy.

This after the DA appealed to KZN Economic Development, Tourism And Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and committee chair Sthe Mshengu, for the item to be tabled. The DA is cautiously optimistic that the KZN tourism policy on hunting will also be discussed, and that the province will affirm its support for tourism linked to hunting and consumptive sports.

The DA believes that the proposed bill has the potential to destroy the KZN hunting and consumptive tourism industry. If pushed through, the bill could also lead to the loss of thousands of jobs in mainly rural areas.

University studies have indicated that the hunting industry generates more than R11 billion each year, with international hunters spending upwards of $20 000 on each two-week trip. Any changes to the Firearms Control Act that make it harder for hunters to acquire firearms, or to import firearms, will have a direct negative impact on the KZN economy.

The DA hopes that the mature and collaborative stance adopted by the ANC in this committee will not only be sustained, but continue through to national government.

HEINZ DE BOER, MPL

DA KZN EDTEAspokesperson

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