Article by: Dumisane Dube
Gun owners are not happy with the proposed new gun laws which may remove self-defence as a valid reason to own a firearm.
Public comment is now open on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill. The invitation for public comments on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill was released on Friday night.
The bill aims to provisionally suspend the processing of an application for a competency certificate where the applicant has been issued with an interim protection order in terms of the Domestic Violence Act.
It also aims to provide for conditions under which a firearm license for occasional hunting or sports-shooting may be issued.
There are an estimated 4.5-million licenced firearms in South Africa and the vast majority of those are kept for self-defence purposes.
The public has until early July to submit their written comments on the Draft Bill to the Civilian Secretariat for Police.
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