South Africa Firearms Confiscation Amnesty SAGA Update

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South Africa Firearms Confiscation Amnesty SAGA Update

South Africa – -(Ammoland.com)- On the 9th July 2018, the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, said in a radio interview that he intended proclaiming an amnesty to allow those in possession of firearms with expired licences to surrender them to the police. At the same time he also said that the police will not be on a witch-hunt searching for people and firearms, the licences of which had expired. He commented that as a result of the Constitutional Court judgement, many people are currently in possession of firearms with expired licences.

Despite the National Commissioner’s undertaking to provide guidelines for the surrender of these firearms with expired licences, this has not yet happened.

It is important to note though, that Gen Sitole did say that since the amnesty falls within the Minister’s discretion and mandate, and he was unable to express an opinion about it.

Earlier this week SAGA Trustee John Welch was interviewed by the media on SAGA’s views about the proposed amnesty. He stated that under normal circumstances SAGA does not favour amnesties since very few, if any, firearms were surrendered by “real” criminals – those who murder, steal and rape. Also, during the two previous amnesties not a single surrendered firearm could be linked to any crime.

However, in light of the recent Constitutional Court’s ruling that should a licence holder have failed to timeously apply for the renewal of her/his licence, after the expiry of that licence, she/he will have in their possession an unlicenced firearm and could thus be criminalised.
Because of this intolerable state of affairs SAGA, and other members of the firearms community, have tried to engage the police with proposals to alleviate the plight of those affected persons. In the meantime, at least two organisations have brought court applications to obtain relief for people with firearms with expired licences. We will keep our members informed of the outcomes of these court cases.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police (PPCoP) has been informed that they will be requested to debate and consider the amnesty request. This debate may happen on 16 August 2018. SAGA has already communicated with some of the Portfolio Committee members with a view to influencing the deliberations.

SAGA believes that the amnesty must provide not only for the persons with expired firearms licences, but also for such interested persons to apply for licences for their affected firearms. And further, that the duration of the amnesty should be at least six months to enable such persons to carefully consider what they wish to do.

We also believe the Minister should be permitted to extend the period of the amnesty should it be deemed necessary. SAGA will ensure that it has representation in the Parliamentary Committee to guide, if necessary or required, those committee members who care to ask advice.

SAGA would also like the Portfolio Committee and the Minister of Police to consider our proposal to reduce the logistics of the amnesty by permitting such persons to retain possession of their affected firearms (by keeping them in their safes), and then to apply for a new licence. This will prevent firearms from being stolen or going missing from SAPS 13 stores.

SAGA members are reminded that every free and law-abiding person has the right to make choices – no person should be forced into decisions, and government should not make choices on behalf of the people.

Citizens who believe that the burden of owning a firearm is just too much should consider surrendering their firearms. However, those who believe that a firearm may make the difference in protecting lives, or wish to continue sport shooting and/or hunting and remain responsible for keeping their firearms safe, and comply with the law by applying for relicencing for as long as it is required, must be allowed to obtain new licences and keep their firearms.

The SAGA Trust
P O Box 35203
Northway 4065
South Africa


South African Gunowners AssociationAbout South African Gunowners’ Association:

The South African Gunowners’ Association (SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting and self-defence. Visit: www.saga.org.za

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willy d
willy d
3 years ago

From Charlton Heston, From My Cold Dead Hands, Will They Pry My Guns From!!!!!!!!!

Scotty Gunn
Scotty Gunn
3 years ago

Our future if we are not careful.

tomcat
tomcat
3 years ago

There is not enough common sense there to fill a thimble. If we are not careful we could be next. I am sure there are an equal number of idiots in our government that would do the same to us.

James Higginbotham
James Higginbotham
3 years ago
Reply to  tomcat

there is those in our govt who want TOTAL CONFISCATION, but we have the 2ND AMENDMENT for a TIME FOR THAT.
and if they want to COMMIT SUICIDE, THEN LET THEM TRY.

Vanns40
Vanns40
3 years ago

This is what happens when you allow government to dictate an inherent Right and turn it into a government approved licensure (they can revoke it at any time).

This is exactly what Australia is going through now and it is exactly what Liberal Socialists in the United States want for us. We should take note of the results of other countries and the final outcome, as in Venezuela, and refuse, at all costs, to be a party to any such scheme.

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

The South African farmers are being slaughtered and need a means of protecting themselves. The ‘new’ Mandella government (ANC) is doing nothing to protect them. Crime,rape murder etc. is rampant. Where is the ‘news’ coverage of these atrocities?

Richard L
Richard L
3 years ago
Reply to  Ron

Now it is a “Socialist Democrat Utopia” don’t you know.

American Patriot
American Patriot
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard L

Isn’t all the Africians in this country all for the “Socialist Democrat Utopia”? Since the Majority hate this country I’d be willing to allot each one 1 free plane ticket back to their home country where they could thrive on their own again without the restraints or oppression of the white man.