Regarding the article that has sent gun owners across the land into blind panic, a few matters need to be clarified.
GOSA has just short of 23 000 members at present. Although the majority of these members have joined us via FaceBook, they are not merely followers/supporters. Each of them has asked to be a member and has been vetted and accepted. Many of these members have responded to our requests for financial and other support on a regular basis. We are justifiably proud of each of these members and value them highly.
In addition to this and in order to enable us to accomplish certain other of our strategic goals we introduced a paid membership model in January of 2016.
by Rouen Heiberg
The shooting and firearms game has changed significantly over the last decade or so. Much of this can be attributed to the Internet, YouTube and just the fact that the world is changing. Many veterans of various theatres are moving into the training industry, some better than others. Unfortunately, this also created an environment where everybody who fancies himself an expert now has his own soapbox.
Recent revelations by the Times regarding the loss of approximately 20 000 rounds of ammunition, supposedly 7.62mm NATO cartridges, from the South African Police Service’s Tactical Response Team armoury at Pretoria Central station on 3 November 2015 are deeply concerning.
Not only is the theft itself a catastrophic breech of security, but the additional hazard posed by this amount of ammunition falling into criminal hands needs no further elaboration.
It was today confirmed that the Minister of Police has withdrawn the proposed amendments (2015) to the Firearms Control Act.
The debate around whether or not to carry your defensive handgun with a round in the chamber is comparable to other firearm community circle-jerks unlikely to die before I myself check-out of this mortal coil. It is a tad dishonest to refer to the matter as a debate as such, since the vast majority of firearm carriers and firearm instructors believe in carrying with a round chambered, but the issue still comes up for discussion from time to time.
The Bay area is about the most gun UNFRIENDLY place I have ever been to. Even my travels to North Africa or the various Middle Eastern locations I have been to, and where the carry culture is far more niche than it is here in South Africa, has not generated as much open hostility towards firearms as I encountered following what was a simple query as to where I could purchase a holster in Santa Clara California.
It is well known that the ongoing struggle for firearm rights in South Africa has a rather tumultuous history. What is perhaps less well known, is that twice in the late 1800s the fight for the right to keep and bear arms involved actual bloodshed. Both upheavals were caused when the British colonial authority attempted to assert imperial control over indigenous tribes by curtailing their ability to own and use firearms. A government using gun control in order to subjugate free people is a tale as old as time, even in South Africa.
Last week, in a breathtaking display of wilful ignorance and rampant anti-intellectualism, Australian politicians recategorized the Adler shotgun from Category A to Category D. The significance of this move is that the shotgun, previously available to all recreational shooters, will now only be accessible to professional shooters under specific conditions.
As the 16 Weeks of Action Against Violence Towards Women and Children draws to a close, so does the GOSA Girls on Fire campaign, which includes the meme and cameo competitions.