The Minister was given opportunity to respond to these revelations, and he did so via his spokesman Vuyo Mhaga who explained that the Minister has no quarrel with licenced gun owners at all, but is instead concerned with the unlicenced firearms in circulation. He further explained that the Minister has a massive problem with the incidents where police and military firearms are stolen, and then later used to commit crimes.
The government wants to remove the most powerful tool with which we can defend these rights from our possession, and leave us at the mercy of those who seek to impose their will on us through the use of violence and criminality.
A series of penetrating questions were asked by MPs during yesterday’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee sitting in which the SAPS proposed firearm amnesty, which did not have the required approval of Parliament, was unceremoniously thrown out.
The Minister of Police announced his intention to declare a firearm amnesty for a six month period, starting 1 April 2017 and ending on 30 September 2017, to cabinet on the 1st of March.
It was today confirmed that the Minister of Police has withdrawn the proposed amendments (2015) to the Firearms Control Act.
It is my (Gunservant’s) personal view that if you want good advice, you are best served forking out a little money (and so-doing contributing to the fight for gun rights at the same time) and getting it from a suitably qualified person. The FDD has been doing sterling work, and I am glad it put my money where my mouth is.