2008-02-13 : ACDP PROPOSES PLAN TO REMOVE ILLEGAL FIREARMS

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2008-02-13 : ACDP PROPOSES PLAN TO REMOVE ILLEGAL FIREARMS

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 08:07

Subject: [ACDP - Parliament] ACDP proposes plan to remove illegal firearms;
*Government has gone to great lengths to disarm law-abiding citizens, but
has done virtually nothing to remove illegal firearms from society.


*ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS*


MEDIA RELEASE


ACDP Parliament


Cheryllyn Dudley, MP and Whip


13th February, 2008


Re-send - 14th February




ACDP PROPOSES PLAN TO REMOVE ILLEGAL FIREARMS.


*Government has gone to great lengths to disarm law-abiding citizens, but
has done virtually nothing to remove illegal firearms from society.


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ACDP MP & Whip, Cheryllyn Dudley expressed sorrow today over the killing of
a teenage girl in a fatal shootout in Fairlands and unveiled a plan to
remove illegal firearms.



"The ACDP is grieved by the tragic death of 12 year old Emily Williams, who
was shot and killed a few metres away from her home, when gangsters started
firing at security guards. According to a Honeydew Police Inspector, two
unlicensed firearms were recovered.



Just yesterday, the ACDP put a question to the Minister of Safety and
Security, asking whether or not the department has a pro-active strategy to
remove illegal firearms from society before they are used for violent
activity.



And today in the National Assembly we called for a debate on this issue.
Government has gone to great lengths to disarm law-abiding citizens, but has
done virtually nothing to remove illegal firearms from society.



The ACDP is calling for random searches of people and motor vehicles through
road blocks set up specifically for this purpose and severe mandatory
sentences for those found in possession of unlicensed firearms. These
searches would need to be supported by an armed presence. At the same time
amnesty must be offered as an incentive to hand over illegal firearms, which
must be transparently disposed of.



The ACDP calls for this proposal to be given serious consideration and for a
pro-active strategy to be urgently implemented in order to deal with violent
crime, which continues to plague South Africa.



There has been no other feasible plan put forward to tackle the illegal
firearms problem and with the 2010 World Cup approaching, it would be
unrealistic to pretend that the present measures will provide adequate
protection for all football tourists and local soccer lovers."
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