2009-04-02 : FF Plus wants firearms registration extended

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2009-04-02 : FF Plus wants firearms registration extended

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2009-04-15 13:53

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Published: 4/2/2009 15:58:44
FF Plus wants firearms registration extended

CAPE TOWN - The Freedom Front Plus on Thursday urged Safety and
Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa to extend the deadline for
registering firearms.

It was extremely unreasonable to prevent firearm owners who did not
make the March 31 deadline, from applying to re-register their
firearms, FF Plus spokesman Pieter Groenewald said.

In a letter to Mthethwa, Groenewald said the police's designated
firearms officers were refusing to accept any further applications for
re-registering firearms after March 31.

"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... still allow re-registration of firearms until the
middle of June 2009."

The reasons for this included that owners whose birthday fell in
months other than October, November and December, could still, despite
the deadline, continue to apply for re-registration.

They only had to submit a statement providing the reasons for the late
submission of their application.

However, owners whose birthday fell in October, November or December
were denied this opportunity.

Many of these owners had arrived on time to submit their applications,
but the firearms offices were not able to deal with their applications
because of a shortage of personnel.

The Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unreasonable
Discrimination Act stipulated that ministers should implement
measures, within the available resources, which were aimed at
achieving equality in their areas of responsibility by eliminating any
form of unfair discrimination.

In addition, Clause 11(1)(c) of Annexure 1 of the Firearms Act allowed
for re-registration until mid June 2009.

Thus it was clear that applications for re-registration could still be
accepted until then.

"My request does not require any amendment of an Act. In terms of the
reasonableness and fairness, I submit this request to you," Groenewald

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