2009-04-02: FF+: REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS CAN NOT BE REFUSED

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2009-04-02: FF+: REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS CAN NOT BE REFUSED

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-15 13:47

MEDIA RELEASE

SUBJECT : FURTHER REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS CAN NOT BE REFUSED, FF
PLUS SAYS
ISSUED BY : Mr. Pieter Groenewald
CAPACITY : FF Plus Spokesperson: Safety and Security
DATE : 2 April 2009


The Freedom Front Plus has in a letter to the Minister of Safety and Security, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa, in which he is asked to, in terms of the Equality Act (The promotion of Equality and the Prevention of Unreasonable Discrimination Act, Act 4 of 2000) allow further registration of firearms.


“It is extremely unreasonable to prevent firearm owners who did not make the 31st March deadline date, to apply for re-registration of their firearms. Owners who did not make the previous deadlines, according to their date of birth, could thereafter still submit applications. There is unequal treatment of the last group of people who have their birthday between October and November. It is also not the owner’s fault if the police does not have the administrative capability to deal with the last rush. If a person was at a police station on the 31st March but could not be helped, there is culpability on the side of the Minister”, Mr. Pieter Groenewald (MP), the chief spokesperson on Safety and Security for the FF Plus says.

“In order to ensure equal treatment in terms of the Equality Act, the Minister can and should allow for re-registration until the middle of June 2009. It is still within the stipulations of the Firearms Act as clause 11 of Annexure 1 of the Firearms Act (Act 60 of 2000) gives the Minister the opportunity until 30 June 2009”, Mr. Groenewald said.

PIETER GROENEWALD (MP)
Contact no.: 083 627 4397 / 082 472 0189

LETTER TO THE MINISTER:

2 April 2009

Mr. Nathi Mthethwa My fax no.: 018 4841087 / 021-4655861
Minister of Safety and Security
Private bag X 463
PRETORIA
0001


Dear Mr. Mthethwa,

RE-REGISTRATION OF FIREARMS

The above issue has reference.

Appointed Firearms Officers (AFO) are refusing to accept any further applications for re-registration of firearms after the 31st March 2009. In the light of this I would like to request you to, in the interest of reasonableness and fairness, allow firearm owners to, in terms of the Firearms Act (Act 60 of 2000), still allow re-registration of firearms until the middle of June 2009. The reason for the request is as follows:



i. Owners who have celebrated their birthdays in the months other than October, November and December, could still, despite their deadlines, continue with applications for re-registration. These owners however had only to submit a statement to provide the reasons for the late submission of their application.



ii. Owners who have their birthdays in October, November and December are now being denied this opportunity. Many of these owners also arrived on time to submit their applications, but the AFO offices were not capable to deal with their applications as a result of a shortage of personnel.



iii. Section 25(4) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unreasonable Discrimination Act (Act 4 op 2000) stipulates as follows:



“Duty of State to promote equality.

(4) All Ministers must implement measures within the available resources which are aimed at the achievement of equality in their areas of responsibility by –

(a) eliminating any form of unfair discrimination or the perpetuation of inequality in any law, policy or practise for which those Ministers are responsible; -



iv. Clause 11(1)(c) of Annexure 1 of the Firearms Act allows you to allow re-registration until before the 30th June 2009.



From the above you would certainly agree that it is indeed possible for applications for re-registration of firearms can still be accepted until the middle of June 2009. My request does not require any amendment of an Act. In terms of the reasonableness and fairness, I submit this request to you.





Respectfully









PJ GROENEWALD (MP)

Contact no.: 083 627 4397
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