Msunduzi to intensify firearm control

2015-09-18 11:00

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Pietermaritzburg - Lack of security has forced the municipality to intensify their firearm control in all their buildings.

It was recommended to the executive committee on Thursday that firearm safes should be installed in all “high pedestrian volume” municipal buildings.

Pigeon hole type firearm safes are expected to be installed at the entrances of more than 10 municipal buildings in Msunduzi.

The Strategic Management Committee said in their report to council that the decision emanated “in view of the latest fatal incidents involving the use and discharge of firearms”.

In April this year, law enforcement officer Toni Brinklow shot himself in his office at the AS Chetty building in Church Street.

“Having looked at most, if not all municipal buildings there is little or no security provisions regarding those persons in possession of firearms entering municipal buildings.

“The municipality is not immune from incidents of this nature … it is against this background that urgent steps need to be taken in order to safeguard all against injury or death,” read the report to council.

The suggestion that all people in possession of firearms must declare and surrender the weapon to the security officer at all municipal buildings and halls was welcomed at the meeting.

The report said they envisage the new process to include:

• firearm and firearm permits must be surrendered to the security officer together with contact details and residential and work addresses;

• this will immediately be recorded and placed in the safe in the presence of the person declaring the firearm and a receipt would be issued to the person; and

• any person who is in possession of firearms while entering a municipal building and fails to declare them will be liable for prosecution.

Municipal buildings where firearm safes will be installed: Tourism Hub, City Hall, Professor Nyembezi Building, AS Chetty Building, Electricity Department, Edendale Parks Department, Mountain Rise Parks Department, Mountain Rise Workshop, Alexandra Parks and Recreation, City Engineers, Truro Centre, Bessie Head Library, Georgetown Library, Art Gallery.

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