2009-04-01 : Guns handed to cops - and then?

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2009-04-01 : Guns handed to cops - and then?

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-15 13:54

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Guns handed to cops - and then?


DURBAN - As thousands of licensed firearms are set to be handed over
to the police by their previous owners, The Citizen has learned that
KwaZulu- Natal's most feared rapist had been armed with a previously
licensed handgun handed into a police station at the time he was shot
dead in Folweni, south of Durban.

Sipho Hlongwane was wanted for violent home invasions, kidnappings and
rapes at the time he was tracked down to rural Folweni last year and
shot after opening fire on a police helicopter.

Police investigations have revealed that the pistol he used had been
handed into the Jeppe police station. It is not clear whether the gun
was one of those handed into the SAPS as part of the new Firearms
Control Act (FCA).

The FCA required that firearms be relicensed or handed into the police
for destruction by midnight on Tuesday. From then, millions of firearm
licences became invalid.

Police spokesman Director Phuti Setati said that gun owners without a
new licence could now only hand over their guns to the police for
destruction, to deactivate them or to sell them to a registered gun
dealer. He added that those who did not comply faced prosecution.

However, many thousands of owners are believed to have ignored the
deadlines of the new FCA.

Chairman of the Black Gun Owners' Association of SA, Abios Koehle, was
among those who did not renew his firearm licences.

He said: "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 decided to erect against law-
abiding people being enabled to defend themselves from violent

Martin Hood, spokesman for the SA Gun Owners' Association said he did
not believe the new law would have any impact on crime, adding that he
knew of several cases where licensed firearms had been handed over to
the police, only to find their way into the hands of criminals.

We're being pistol-whipped into submission

The Firearms Control Act is an attempt to disarm law-abiding citizens,
writes PETER MOSS of Pietermaritzburg.

Daily, as a firearm owner who was never consulted on this law, I have
had to listen to the arrogance, militancy and lies of the SAPS storm-
trooper division, the Central Firearm Register.

I object to the SAPS trying to turn me, a law-abiding citizen, into a
criminal because they have failed to control crime to reasonable

I refuse to accept the blame that this bunch of incompetents are
attempting to lay at my door.

I am not responsible for crime; they are. It is not me, but the SAPS
who stupidly think that chasing guns instead of violent criminals will
reduce crime and that harassing law-abiding gun owners is more
productive than investigating our country's horrific crimes.

The SAPS must now realise that millions think the unworkable Firearms
Control Act is nothing more than oppressive ANC ideology that serves
no crime-fighting purpose at all. Millions have voted with their feet
and said "no" in a language that is hard to misunderstand.

The SAPS and ANC government should know that unlike gun owners, the
door is always open to consultation - just leave your ideology and
foolish gun-control partners outside.
What have YOU done for YOUR rights today?
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