Creation of the FCA - Governments deception II

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Creation of the FCA - Governments deception II

Postby crimefree » Tue, 2012-11-13 12:14

Creation of the FCA – Governments deception part II

The Firearms Control Act.

The Firearms Control Act is a reality all South African citizens will have to face. The almost certain increases in crime from a government backed guarantee of a safer criminal workplace. Nobody will be spared.

The potential for abuse by the police is even greater than the old law. The Department of Safety and Securities study found that daily there were many abuses of the Act in warrantless searches and entering peoples property.

Firearm owners will have to face draconian penalties for just forgetting to carry a licence. Giving up treasured or inherited firearms or sporting firearms because of the limits placed on “non-dedicated” firearms owners. Significant increases of costs of ownership can be expected from increased renewable licensing fees, training and membership of accredited organisations.

Governments stated intention is to increase the difficulty in retaining or purchasing firearms and 500,000 firearms are expected to be collected in the first year.
Obviously those with more than 2 handguns or 4 rifles have the most to lose

All firearm owners will be adversely affected in vastly increased licensing costs, training, joining of associations, limited numbers of firearms and ammunition and considerably less chance of being issued with a firearm licence.

While criminals will enjoy less attention from the police as personnel and huge amounts of TAX (more than R1.2 Billion) are funnelled into gun control. Control that will not place one criminal behind bars or funds that could be better spent on upgrading the under-resourced police. Most of these are out outlined in the pamphlet available from the SAFF.

What is painfully obvious is that many organisations have been incredibly reluctant to get involved either directly or by informing members of the implications of the Firearms Control Act. Which simply means that the people who should be concerned the most by the new legislation have not been informed of the implications or how they could help in fighting this legislation.

All is not lost unless we give up or do nothing and there are many that have absolutely no intention of giving up the fight. Concerned people wanting to make a difference and contribute towards obtaining sensible legislation, lower crime levels and a safer environment for all South Africans should join the SA Firearm Forum. [Regrettably and unfortunately SAFF is now also party to the accept there is nothing we can do chant so joining SAFF is not advised] You should also seriously consider that doing nothing to help the fight is no different to just giving up and excepting the eventual total loss of all firearms.

What is quite clear is that if you want something done then you have to do it yourself. There are few organisations that are ideally placed to take on this task. This possibly because they do not see any campaign that attempts to influence public opinion as worth the effort. Or they do not have the infrastructure and expertise to take on such a project, as they were not convened for this specific task.

We cannot rely on sports and recreational organisations to take on the mantle of firearm owners or public protector. The majority of such organisations think that they are all right and look forward to increased forced membership and the opportunity to further swell club coffers with training and ammunition sales. A short-sighted view as membership will decrease in a short time due to the additional costs and difficulty of firearms ownership. Any growth will probably be negated after the first round of re-licensing.

Some have even gone so far as to welcome the Firearms Control Act and support it. Others are willing to sell their souls in the hope that they will be the controlling body or have exclusive rights to training. Money talks louder than sense for the greedy that care not about the future of all firearm activities and possession of firearms, being more concerned with their own greed than their future survival.

There is only one way of persuading firearm owners and organisations to take a more proactive roll. That is to start the ball rolling. Somebody had to make a start and sitting around waiting for that somebody or something is a pointless waste of valuable time. Time that we no longer have.

All we have to do is give people the will and desire to be proactive and take an interest in how the Firearms Control Act will impact negatively on their interest. Encouraging them to look after themselves because nobody else is going to mount an effective counter to the present and future situation.

There is absolutely no doubt that the new Act will increase the cost of ownership dramatically. Be this from vastly increased licensing costs or requirements of ownership, from payment of renewable license fees and training, to bureaucratic demands of evidence of good character and safe storage.

License fees will be several hundred Rand per firearm and ongoing depending on the period for that class of firearm. The government is determined to extract the cost or a major part of implementation of the Central Firearms Registry from firearm owners.

Membership of suitable organisations requires payment of annual membership fees. This will not just be a once off payment as ownership is dependent on membership.

Many believe they will simply have to join an organisation to get a license. Not so as any accredited organisation must keep a register of members and forward this data to the Central Firearms Registry. Where a member has been certified as dedicated you can be sure that it is in the interest of the certifying organisation to report to the CFR of any change of circumstance. So fake or bogus registrations will be found out.

No organisation is going to put its accreditation status at stake just for the convenience of people who want to own more firearms but could not be bothered to take part in club or organised activities.

Safes will become more expensive to meet the new SABS specification. There is a grandfather clause but how long it will last and apply to new license applications is open to debate.

The cost of training has not been accurately estimated because the regulations are not complete. However there is little doubt that this will also be several hundred Rand and payable for each class of fir arm licensed.

As dealers sales fall due to decreased demand (there is a direct relationship between cost of ownership and rate of ownership) there will probably have to be an increase of profit margins to compensate. When order quantities fall, the price increases, as there is less benefit from bulk buying.

The future of firearm ownership is in the balance and all the influences that decrease demand are well known to anti-gun organisations and government. All these influences will be used to decrease both the demand and desire for ownership.

There are many examples of how simple and relatively insignificant changes have had a major impact on firearm ownership. Cadets and shooting skills in schools for example will have major benefits to future potential firearm owners. Stopping or reducing such training and exposure to firearms will impact negatively in the future. The lack of conscription for military training will also remove many hundreds of thousands of people who have been trained or exposed to the use of firearms and could be considered firearms friendly.

All of these factors unless some concerted effort is made to reduce and counter the affects, will eventually lead to the demise of firearm ownership. When combined with the propaganda effort of gun control organisations and proponents including government, then unopposed it will happen all the sooner.

There is only one alternative if we wish to succeed and that is to take up the challenge of gun control, counter the propaganda and promote public safety. How we react will determine not only our future but also the future generations of South Africans, our children, in having the ability to enjoy sports of choice and retain the right to self-defence with the best means possible.

Peter Moss 2001.
"Two memorials remain today at Thermoplylae. Upon the modern one is engraved his response to Xerxes' demand that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas' reply was two words, Molon Labe. 'Come and get them'."
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