N18009 Proposed Amendments to the FCA

Please read the proposed amendments to the firearms control act.
There are always tell tale signs that indicates when a government wants to disarm it’s citizens. This is one of them where they want to scrap section 13 and 14 of the current act. Its starts with one type of firearm and then they go for the next and the next. Happened in the UK and Australia.
The UK is now at a tipping point where it wants to ban knives, and in so doing, totally disarming it’s citizens.
The proposed amendments is a clear sign of where our government wants to go, disarming of the general public. !!!

Short summary of the proposal: (NOTE – this is just a proposal and NOT in effect)

Section 13 and 14 to be repealed which in turn means that self defense will no longer be a valid reason for owning a firearm.
Maximum of 2 handguns allowed for section (16) Dedicated sport shooter and a maximum of 8 firearms in total if you are a dedicated person.
You will need a medical certificate accompanying your application.
Ballistic testing will now be mandatory although it has been proven to be ineffective all over the world.
All muzzle loading firearms will now need a license and not just a competency.
More onus will be put on accredited association in terms of new applications.

Now is the time to join a firearms association

Annexure-A.-Firearm-Control-Amendment-Bill

See below the response from the Office of the Portfolio Committee Chairman Francois Beukman

Parliament, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – The Portfolio Committee on Police has not received any formal referral with regard to the Fire-Arms Amendment Bill from the Executive that relates to private firearm ownership.

The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Francois Beukman reacted this afternoon after various stakeholders directed letters to the committee with regard to a dated internal departmental draft document proposing certain amendments to the current firearm legislation.

Mr Beukman said that the departmental processes with regard to the Fire-Arms Amendment Bill are still underway and no referral was tabled in Parliament.

“The only draft legislation that is before the committee is a Private Members Bill from Mr Pieter Groenewald that proposes certain technical amendments to the Fire-Arms Amendment Bill,” Mr Beukman clarified.

Interest groups and gun-owners must await the formal publishing of the draft legislation once it is finalised by the Department and Cabinet.

“It is indeed premature and not correct to over react to a dated internal document without formal status and without approval by the Executive,” Mr Beukman said.

The committee will await the formal tabling of the said legislation. Mr Beukman said once the Firearms Amendment Bill is tabled all relevant parties will be given the necessary opportunity for input.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON POLICE, MR FRANCOIS BEUKMAN 

For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact the committee’s Media Officer:

Name: Malatswa Molepo (Mr)
Parliamentary Communication Services
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GOSA Interim Order

Court interim order in GOSA v SAPS:

1) SAPS prohibited from collecting surrendered firearms.
2) Application is postponed to normal roll
3) Declaratory order that expired license validities be extended for people that can show good cause
4) Licenses must be allowed to apply for renewal. Phahlane’s directive prohibiting renewals is invalidated.
5) The IT system of CFR must be repaired to accept late renewals
6) SAPS must issue directive to repair IT system at CFR
7) Applicant shall be deemed to be in lawful possession of their firearms

Costs are reserved for main application

Download SAPS Directive

DIRECTIVE – SAPS (30.7.2018)

N18003 NARFO to Join Hunters Forum

NARFO will become a partner in the Hunters Forum from Tuesday 26 June 2018.

The hunters forum was established as a platform where accredited hunting associations can  meet on a regular basis on a time and place to be determined by the Forum, to discuss issues of joint concern as are decided by the members.

In light of the ConCourt ruling, some pressing issues needs to be addressed and plot a way forward for associations to represent its members.

We will keep you posted.

Team NARFO

N18002 – ConCourt Ruling on Expired Licenses

The ConCourt ruling was a bit of a surprise this week, as firearm owners we have to take responsibility for our actions.

Although we regret that all those firearm owners who have failed to re apply in time are now criminalised, we urge all of those who are still in possession of valid firearms to make sure you comply with the provisions of the Act at all times.

It is our understanding that the Green License cards issued in terms of the old act is still valid as per this ruling of 2009.

The Case in Short:
The SA Hunters Court Case was to contest the constitutionality of Section 24 and 28 of the Act that deals with the renewal of a firearm licence and the termination thereof respectfully.

The ConCourt in short could not find anything unconstitutional with regards to these two sections.

In terms of the ConCourt ruling, if your licensed has lapsed, you should hand it over to the registrar as per the Act. You cannot sell it or hand it in at a dealer or dispose of it in any other way.
The ruling was quite clear. Firearm licenses are finite and they expire after a certain period of time.
It is unfortunate that in South Africa, gun ownership is not a fundamental right under our Bill of Rights. It is a privilege regulated by law, under the Firearms Control Act.

The Act is quite clear that a license is only valid for a limited period of time.

Section 13 for 5 years and Section 15 and 16 for 10 years.

Section 3 of the Act state:
“(1) No person may possess a firearm unless he or she holds for that firearms –
(a) a licence, permit or authorisation issued in terms of this Act.”
Possession of a firearm without a licence is a criminal offence and subject to minimum penalties.
Section 120 of the Act states:
“(1) A person is guilty of an offence if he or she contravenes or fails to comply with any-
(a) provisions of this Act”
The Act is also quite clear that a holder of a licence who wishes to renew the licence must at least 90 days before the date of expiry of the licence apply to the Registrar for its renewal.

We still await clear communication from the CFR and SAPS on a way forward.
We are hopeful that the intended amnesty period will still be passed by parliament and that this amnesty could be used for relicensing purposes.
We do not believe that the SAPS have the means to deal with nearly 400 000 firearms or incarcerate so many firearm owners who’s licenses has lapsed for that matter.

We have also noticed on social media that firearm owners want to, out of spite, render the lapsed firearm inoperable, PLEASE do not do this, it is an offence to do so and you could face further charges.
At all times cooperate with the SAPS if for some reason you are directly confronted.

All we can say is that if you are requested to hand over your firearm, then you would be compelled to do so.

For now we suggest that if you have a firearm, for which you only have a white licence card, and the licence has already expired, you do not transport it anywhere as you do not have a valid licence. If you are required to surrender the firearm on instruction from the SAPS or CFR, it will be our advice to contact that DFO to accompany you to the police station to assist in transporting a unlicensed firearm.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page and emails for further information.

NARFO Team