2009-04-01 : BGOASA : Gun Licence Renewal Deadline a Fiasco.

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2009-04-01 : BGOASA : Gun Licence Renewal Deadline a Fiasco.

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-01 12:13

Media Statement Comment by Abios Khoele.
From the Office of the National Chairperson;
Black Gun Owners Association of South Africa. (BGOASA)
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Office: 011 972 0010

Gun Licence Renewal Deadline a Fiasco.

Our Association feels that is entirely regrettable that Government has
decided to proceed with the intimidation of licensed firearm owners
via the prohibitive and totally descriminatory Firearms Control Act.

We view the Act as primarily designed to disarm the low-income wage
earner who has little money or spare time to jump through the hurdles
government has decide to erect against law-abiding people being
enabled to defend themselves from violent criminals.

BGOASA has for years attempted to engage with government on this
matter. BGOASA has held several marches in protest but government has
continually snubbed its nose at millions of firearm owners instead of
negotiating in good faith.

We feel that Government has treated all black firearm owners with
contempt by - for example CFR Director Bothma ignoring court orders to
issue licences to many legitimate applicants.

Government has also ignored;

* Our constant requests for a fair and just hearing and consultation
over this law.

* 2000 representations on the law; the vast majority requested it be

* a petition of 380,000 signatures against the legislation,
hand-delivered to Parliament..

* Every reputable international and local study indicating that this
gun control travesty ultimately presents a dire threat to public

In our opinion, Government has;

* To provide factual proof of its claims of reducing criminal guns and
reducing violent crime.

* To inform the public and firearm owners they are -as prescribed in
the Act- entitled to compensation.

* Unconstututionally not paid any compensation whatsoever for a single
firearm of the 600,000 surrendered thus far.

*Deliberately misled the public as to their constitutional Rights
under the Act.

* Purposefully intimidated the public and exposed them to the dangers
of increasing violent crime through its disarmament campaign.

* Forced firearm owners to be unjustly made to feel like criminals as
well as treated as such.

Recent events have made it blatantly obvious that the Central Firearm
Registry has been entirely unprepared since 2005 to issue the
potential 63,000 license applicants renewals per month.

BGOASA has stated that its members cannot and therefore will not
comply with this law until black gun owners have been consulted and
the law is changed where changes are needed.

When TAXI driver refuse to obey the law and demand to speak to
government because they were not consulted the ANC comes running to
listen. When firearm owners refuse to obey the law the ANC hides
behind the blanket of the SAPS who regularly threaten to imprison

Thus, our Association feels that perhaps the ANC Government should
have included in its election manifesto their intent to render
Law-abiding citizens defenceless in the face of our beloved country's
ever-worsening crime situation.

Be it known that as Chairman, unless compensation is offered, shall
myself not be either relicencing or surrendering my firearm, others
must come to their own decision but always bear in mind that when
years ago, once we started burning our pass-books, the Law was
eventually changed, in my heart I truly believe we can achieve this

In common cause to all our Brothers and Sisters-in-arms,

Abios Khoele
National Chairperson
Black Gunowners of South Africa
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