Move to ban guns for self-defence

There are an estimated 4.5-million licenced firearms in South Africa and the vast majority of those are kept for self-defence purposes. eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Gun owners are furious as government revealed proposed changes to the law that would remove self-defence as a valid reason to own a firearm.

The invitation for public comments on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill was released on Friday night.

Girls on Fire, which helps women lawfully license firearms for self-defence, says this could be a major blow to the fight against gender-based violence.

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Gun Owners SA says the proposed changes are a rehash of what was proposed -- and shot down -- in 2018.

The public has until early July to submit their written comments on the Draft Bill to the Civilian Secretariat for Police.

* eNCA’s Barry Bateman reports.


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