1. INTRODUCTION OF FIREARMS CONTROL AMENDMENT BILL.

1.1. The Firearms Amendment Bill (“The Draft Bill”), which was circulated on 22 May 2021, will have a severe impact on firearm owners in general, but professional hunters in particular.
1.2. Please note that every person may submit comments to comments.fcabill@csp.gov.za within 45 days from publication thereof.
1.3. I foresee that PHASA will also submit a detailed objection on behalf of all its members.

2. LIMITATION ON AMOUNT OF FIREARMS.
2.1. The Draft Bill provides for an amendment to Section 16A of the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 of 2000) to the following effects;
2.1.1. That a person may not hold more than eight licences in terms of this section;
2.1.2. A professional hunter may not possess more than two licences in respect of:
a) a handgun; or
b) a semi automatic rifle; or
c) a pump action or semi automatic shotgun.
2.2. If a person holds a licence in terms of section 12 (additional licence), 15 (occasional hunting or -sports shooting) or 16 (dedicated hunting or -sports shooting), the number of licences which that person may hold, must be reduced by the number of such other firearms held.

3. ONUS TO PROVE A NEED.
3.1. The amendment provides that an applicant will have to prove a need for the particular firearm and what type of firearm is required. One should therefore expect that much better motivations, with an onus to prove a particular need, will be required.
3.2. The motivation must be supported by the chairperson or an authorised office bearer of the relevant professional hunting association. It means that an endorsement will be compulsory and that all professional hunters will have to be members of a professional hunters association;

4. CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP.
4.1. It a licence holder ceases to hold the status of a professional hunter, the licence holder must notify the Registrar in writing thereof within 90 days after such cessation, and the Registrar will then cancell the licence.
4.2. It will be an offence if a holder of the licence don’t comply with the above provision;
4.3. The association which has granted the professional hunter status, must at the end of the association’s year provide a report to the Registrar on all its members who have:
4.3.1. not renewed their membership;
4.3.2. had their membership suspended;
4.3.3. failed to comply with the requirements for awarding professional hunter status; and
4.3.4. been expelled from the association.

5. MOST IMPORTANT OTHER PROPOSALS.
5.1. That firearms may not be licenced for self defence;
5.2. That one can possess a maximum of 100 rounds per firearm (unless a special permit is issued);
5.3. Licences will be valid for only five years;
5.4. That the reloading of ammunition is prohibited;
5.5. That there will be limitations in respect of the transportation of firearms.

6. THE ONLY GOOD NEWS.
6.1. The Draft Bill provides that firearms licenced in terms of section 16A, may be used where it is safe to use the firearm and for a lawful purpose (insertion in bold). It probably means that you can defend yourself with your hunting firearms against farm attackers or poachers.
6.2. The Draft Bill povides that green licences (which have never been converted to white licences) will be phased out over a two year period, commencing from the introduction of the Amendment Act. This period may also be extended for another two years by parliament.

7. FUTURE ACTION.
The whole firearms community (including PHASA) is gearing up for opposition to the Firearms Control Amendment Act and you will be kept informed of the actions planned and taken.

Courtesy of Juan Kotze Attorneys
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS


The SafeCitizen Campaign
Building hope for law abiding citizens
MEDIA STATEMENT

THE GOVERNMENT HAS WOKEN A SLEEPING GIANT

May 25th, 2021 – For Immediate Release
“With the publication of the Firearms Amendment Bill 2021 the Cabinet has woken a sleeping giant. If post 1994, there was ever an event in South Africa close to an ‘Arab Spring’, this is it. In one fell swoop, the Firearm Amendment Bill 2021, has shocked, enraged and frightened South Africans. Approaching this bill from a rational perspective, we can find no justiciation at all within the realm of safety and security for South Africans.” These were the words of Safe Citizen founder, Jonathan Deal, to a Zoom briefing of media and firearms stakeholders yesterday.

The architects of this bill appear to have completely lost touch with rationality as they propose amendments to the current firearm licensing system that are simply unbelievable. Certainly the most bizarre aim of the new bill is to deny citizens the right to possess a firearm for the purpose of self-defence. This comes shortly after Minister Cele is on record in parliament not only reducing the operational budget of the police but concurrently increasing the budget for executive protection of cabinet ministers and political ‘high-ups’.

Deal said: “The drafters of this proposed amendment, display an arrogant, thoughtless and careless attitude towards the public. It is inconceivable that it is in the interest of our citizens to disarm them and leave criminals armed.”

“Civil society, breadwinners, firearms associations and gun owners from every walk of life are uniting in a massive fight against this irrational move by the government. Even if you don’t own a gun now, if this bill becomes law you could forever lose the opportunity to apply for a licence for a self-defence firearm.”

Concerned citizens can join and support us at www.safecitizen.co.za and follow this link to Dear South Africa to register your objection.

https://dearsouthafrica.co.za/firearm-control-2021/

Jonathan Deal
National Coordinator
ENDS
Jonathan Deal – 076-838-5150 – or on WhatsApp or jonathan.deal@safecitizen.co.za