2009-06-25: Black gun owners up in arms

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2009-06-25: Black gun owners up in arms

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2009-06-26 12:38

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Black gun owners up in arms
2009-06-25 22:18


Bloemfontein - Police are intimidating South African gun owners
and defrauding citizens of their lawful property, black firearm
owners said on Thursday.


Chairperson of the Black Gun Owners Association of South Africa
(BGOASA), Abios Khoele, said the police had "legalised" theft
and fraud.


"The association is shocked to find that the police are still
insisting that they can fine and imprison one million firearm
owners and continue to intimidate and defraud citizens of their
lawful property," Khoele said in a statement.


He was reacting to the transitional period for the renewal of
firearm licences in terms of the new Firearms Control Act 60 of
2000, which would end on June 30.


Discrimination


Khoele said members had been subjected to discriminatory and
arbitrary rejections of applications, unacceptable delays and a
lack of service delivery by the police in relation to the act.


He said the Ministry of Police had still not entered into
discussions with BGOASA on its grievances.


"The SAPS seems not in the least interested in upholding the law
or even respecting the constitution."


Khoele said the police must expect little help from the public
if this was the way they treated law-abiding citizens.


"The police have deliberately withheld information at all levels
about compensation and refused to pay anything whatsoever to
those who've applied for it," he said, adding that firearms
owners had not been properly notified and advised on all aspects
of the law.


The association was planning a rally in Alexandria on Sunday to
discuss the situation regarding the new Firearms Control Act.


Gun owners could be in trouble


Recently, the Confederation of Hunters Associations of South
Africa (Chasa) also expressed concern that thousands of South
African firearm owners who had legally disposed of their
firearms could be on the wrong side of the law due to no fault
of their own by next week.


Chasa said many of its members and members of the public who
were under the impression they had "legally disposed" of their
firearms could face the possibility of arrest.


Earlier this week the High Court in Pretoria also heard an
urgent application to halt the new act from fully coming into
force.


The SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association applied for an
interim interdict, declaring that all firearm licences obtained
under 1969 firearms legislation remain valid until the outcome
of their application to have certain sections of the Firearms
Control Act declared unconstitutional.


Judge Bill Prinsloo was expected to deliver judgment on Friday
morning.


Police stations such as Park Road police station in Bloemfontein
have been flooded with firearm owners in the past week, either
handing in firearms to be deactivated or trying to register sold
firearms.



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