"The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary,
exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for
the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and
disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special
sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty – and he is usually an outlaw in
democratic societies." –- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Evening Sun, Feb. 12, 1923
"Most men do not desire liberty; most only wish for a master that doesn't beat them."
-- Sallust 86-34BC.
These are undoubtedly the stongest words you have heard coming from government against the Central
Urgent management changes at CFR
The current management neither recognised the seriousness of the problems nor has shown readiness to
adapt its structures and procedures to address the challenges. In this context it will not be possible
for SAPS to embark on any turnaround strategy under the current management. We shall therefore effect
In effecting this change, we are cognizant that this management has vast knowledge of the FCA;
unfortunately this knowledge is centralised in a few individuals and does not necessarily contribute
to the effective management of the FCA.
1 November 2010: Enquiry
into the functioning of the Central Firearms
Registry in the South African Police Service: Meeting between the Civilian
Secretariat for Polics and Firearm Industry Stakeholders.
GOSA Executive members Brett Nortje and Paul Oxley attended this meeting in Pretoria. GOSA
Received Friday 2010-06-25
Submissions requested by Wednesday 2010-06-30
The fact that they're admitting there might be something wrong is HUGE,
31 May 2010 is the date set for the next hearing in the Cape High Court. Judge
Vincent Saldanha has been assigned to the case. The courtroom will be assigned on Monday.
On 31 August 2009, Deputy Judge President Traverso gave the State 90 days to produce
a plan setting out how they plan to pay compensation for approximately a million
firearms surrendered to the SAPS.
In November, SAPS countered with a document insulting to gunowners.
JASA is back in court on Monday, 31st of May 2010.
Please attend if you can.
ADEN THOMAS 14 April 2010 7:25 AM : Illegal gun owners - who fits the bill?
For clarity's sake, licenced firearm owners had between 2005 and 2009 to renew their existing
firearm licences. That period has come and gone and now more renewals will be contemplated.
However, due to a court case pending, older licences are deemed to be valid at this moment
and as yet, those who did not renew, are not yet considered illegal firearm owners. The latest
gun amnesty period that ended on Sunday was aimed at those who were in possession of illegally
obtained firearms, for them to hand them in voluntarily without fear of prosecution UNLESS
the gun was used in a crime. If you do know of anyone who is in possession of a firearm
illegally, you are urged to send an anonymous, detailed SMS to Crimeline on 32211.
ADEN THOMAS 13 April 2010 6:55 AM : Gun Amnesty deadline has come and gone
Anonymous tip-off hotline, Crime Line, appealed to the public on Sunday to "blow the
whistle" on the use and trade of illegal firearms as the gun amnesty deadline expires. As
the 2010 firearms amnesty has come to an end, many gun owners are seeking advice after receiving mixed
messages from the police and gun dealers, the SA Gunowners' Association (Saga) said on Thursday.
Spokesperson Martin Hood said the police ministry was acting in bad faith by saying the amnesty
period, which ends on April 11, must be used to update old firearm licences. "By presenting the
amnesty as an opportunity for firearm owners to surrender their licensed firearms and any right
they have to compensation, the minister is misleading the public in an opportunistic attempt to
serve political objectives. The best course for those with old green card licences is to sit
tight and do nothing at this stage. If you so wish, you may of course apply for new licences
to replace your old ones. Either way, there are no guarantees," Hood said. He said the
January 11 to April 11, 2010, amnesty declared by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, applies
only to unlicensed firearms and not to firearms for which valid green cards or new licences
are held. Hood said the ministry was using every possible opportunity to pass off the amnesty
as an opportunity for those who did not apply previously to renew their "old" licences within
the set deadlines.
Guest: Martin Hood
Organisation: SA Gun Owners Association
Position: Spokesperson and Legal Advisor
You might want to contact
if you think this is a bad idea.
25 March 2010 : Relicencing deadline
If you missed the four year relicencing period, and you still want to relicence,
SAPS is using the Amnesty on unlicenced firearms to also extend the relicencing
Note that your old "green" licence
still valid and remains valid
until the outcome of the Hunters' court case. One likely outcome of the court case
is that the green licence will remain valid for life, since it was issued for life.
When the representative of government tells you to do nothing when a criminal wants something,
government is telling you that the action of the criminal is authorized and supported by the
government. -- Windy Wilson in a comment to the post
the Place Where Great Britain Used to Be at Irons in the Fire
11 January, 2010 : Amnesty
The Minister of Police has by means of a publication in the Government Gazette, declared an Amnesty for a
period of 90 (ninety) days commencing from 11 January 2010 and ending on 11 April 2010.
The main purpose of the Amnesty is to allows someone who is in unlawful possession of firearms or
ammunition to hand these in without being prosecuted for illegal possession. GOSA therefore calls
on all criminals to please hand in their guns before 11 April.
Firearm owners who missed the relicencing period will also be allowed to apply for relicencing
during this period. Since the old "green" licences remain valid pending the outcome of the SA Hunters
court case, you will be allowed to keep your firearm while the renewal is being processed.
16 December, 2009 : Reconciliation Day
Today, we commemorate a day in South African history which was the eventual outcome of the first gun free
zone declared in this country.
On 6 February 1838 Piet Retief visited
Dingaan for a celebration, having
signed a treaty granting the Boer settlers (Voortrekkers) land, and having recovered some of Dingaan's
Dingaan asked the Voortrekkers to leave their guns outside the kraal. He then
killed them all.
Andries Pretorius went to avenge the deaths of
Piet Retief, his men, and their women and children. On 16 December 1938 his party of less than 500 men were
attacked by ten to twelve thousand Zulus. The resulting battle left 3 000 of the Zulus dead, with only one
injury on the Voortrekker side. This victory is ascribed by many to the
Covenant the Voortrekkers made with
December 16 was called Dingaan's day and later the Day of the Vow or the Day of the Covenant, and it is now
Reconciliation Day. We should all work
towards reconciliation in this country. But we should also vow to never make the same mistake Piet Retief made.
seems to be intended to fulfill the SAPS' obligation, but it falls
far short from what is required.
Only the title mentions section 137. The body indicates that this document actually
addresses section 149.
Section 137 covers firearms that are surrendered to the SAPS by the lawful owner. This
is further covered by section 94 of the Regulations. Yet this document states that these
guidelines don't apply to firearms handed in in accordance with section 94, i.e., legally.
R600 for a pistol and R1200 for a rifle? This is about a tenth of what is required here.
This document is an insult to firearm owners and to Acting Judge President Traverso.
Oleg Volk sums it up perfectly.
26 October, 2009 : GOSA member Paul Oxley on TV three times
Paul Oxley appeared on e-TV Sunrise
(download video, or
E-News (Channel 403)
(download video, or
and then on Jeremy Maggs' show with Pam Crowley of GFSA
(download video, or
Thanks to Martin Hedington for obtaining
the footage and to Peter Moss for
extracting the audio.
30 September, 2009 : Registration, the big lie.
The state must provide the infrastructure to control crime and ensure that crime is punished.
The state must not interfere with citizens rights to defend themselves with limitation unless
for very good reason. Thus, a “partnership” is reached between the people and State that can
last only as long as each understands the role they have to play and each carries out the
duties they accept.
One of the most costly interventions currently undertaken by the SAPS is the registration of
firearms. Yet the SAPS produce no report as to costs, value to crime prevention or prosecution
of this administrative function. The hard-pressed taxpayer is being deliberately left in the
dark and citizens simply have no hope of knowing if this costly intervention serves some
useful purpose or if it is cost efficient.
31 August 2009 : Compensation to be paid, Minister to work out details
Gun Owners SA (GOSA) takes great pleasure in celebrating with all law-abiding and democracy
loving South Africans the landslide court victory of the Justice Alliance of South Africa
and The False Bay Gun Club over the State in the Cape High Court this morning.
Deputy Judge President Traverso gave the State 90 days to produce a plan setting out how they
plan to pay compensation for approximately a million firearms surrendered to the SAPS.
The focus will now shift to the tricky subject of fixing a just value for this compensation.
This, people, is a major victory, brought to you by GOSA (Specifically, Charl van Wyk), JASA
27 May 2009: GOSA INSTRUCTS ITS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES TO INTERDICT THE UNLAWFUL UNCONSTITUTIONAL 'LAPSING' OF FIREARMS LICENCES ISSUED UNDER THE ARMS AND AMMUNITION ACT 75 OF 1969
One of the main provisos of the Act - the compensation provisions which the state law advisors insisted upon, to give this Act the appearance of passing constitutional muster - has never been brought into operation. The Justice Alliance of SA is hauling the CFR before the Court on August 31 to bring the compensation provisions into operation.
7 May 2009 : Cost and effectiveness of the Firearms Control Act (FCA 2000)
Our Firearms Control Act was budgeted at
2.18 billion rands. And it was based on the Canadian
If you read the Breitkreuz article below, you'll see that the Canadian registry exceeded the
budget by, oh, a factor of 300 or so. That would be 30 000 %, stratospheric, Zimbabwean-inflation-order-of-magnitude,
however you want to explain it, it's ugly.
There's a very good chance that our Firearms Control Act is also, let's say, a little over budget, like
its Canadian counterpart. Oh, and of course, it hasn't really succeeded in the goal set out in the
opening paragraph of the Act, namely "reducing crime", has it?
Or as Brett Nortje so eloquently phrased it
As jy moerig is omdat die ouditeur generaal nog nooit 'n oudit gedoen het op die VuurwapenbeheerWet
wat die afgelope 10 jaar al 'geimplementeer' word, met hernuwings wat drie jaar agterstallig is en
daar nog nie 'n sent se vergoeding uitbetaal is vir vuurwapens wat ingehandig is nie, bel hom, vra
hom wat gaan aan.
When the gun registry was first introduced in 1995, the previous government promised it would cost
approximately $2 million to taxpayers to implement over five years. In her 2002 audit, however,
the Auditor General of Canada reported that the program's costs had skyrocketed to more than
$600 million and moreover, due to a lack of solid financial information, that is, the government
was hiding costs, she believed this figure did not fairly represent the true costs of the program.
The difference in this debate is that I have been arguing on the basis of what I believe to be true,
and doing my best to explain why I believe it. Kevin, by way of contrast, claims to be able to
literally ‘prove’ his case beyond any doubt whatsoever by recourse to detailed statistical data.
Yes. That's pretty much what we've been saying all along.
1 April 2009 : Press Release
Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA) note with dismay the chaos and dysfunction in the SAPS as
it goes through the dishonourable motions of trying to cover up the failed implementation
of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000.
If you think that guns shouldn’t be in private hands "because the police
will protect you", you do believe in using a gun to defend your life. You’re just
outsourcing the job to a cop, that’s all.
On Sunday, a Gauteng member had some uninvited visitors.
By being armed AND by being able to see the attackers preparing to assault
the house on CCTV we managed to thwart the attack drive off the attackers
(one bleeding profusely). This fellow left behind his good condition CZ75
9mmP in his haste to escape.
Were it not for our firearms (and the skills and determination to use them)
we would have been reduced to being trapped in our bedroom at the mercy of
If you were born in October, November, or December, you need to apply for the renewal of your firearm licences before the end of March.
If you decide to hand in your firearms, claim compensation. JASA
is taking the state to court on
this matter, and things are set to become interesting.
According to the law, existing (old) licences are valid until June 2009. According to some interpretations of the Constitution, old licences were granted for life and cannot be revoked. Make your choice wisely, and stick to your guns!
31 October 2008 : Interview on SAFM with Joseph Dube and Martin Hood
Download 3.4 meg mp3 file here (thanks to Peter Moss).
17 October 2008 : Firearms Compensation Case - Cape Town High Court
From JASA news :
Papers have been filed in which JASA claims several declarations on the
basis of breaches of the Constitution by the Minister of Safety and Security
and the Commissioner of Police. The Respondents should have filed their
defence by Sep 30th but have asked for an extension to Oct 27th. They are
taking some technical points which suggests they are short of any
All it needs for us to win this one is money. Donations to bank account below, please.
JASA TAKES MINISTER NQAKULA, JACKIE SELEBI AND FIREARMS APPEAL BOARD TO COURT
JASA has filed papers in the Cape High Court seeking declarations that the refusal to pay compensation to persons who surrender firearms as required by the Firearms Control Act, 2000 offends against the Constitution.
A court case will cost money. This is your chance to support something that in the end can only benefit you as a gun owner.
Deposits to be made to:
Grant Gunston Attorneys Trust Account
ABSA Bank Acc No: 4054263373
Branch Code: 505309
Ref GHW 2389
Please be sure to use the above reference when you make your payment AND to email JASA at
jasalaw at mweb.co.za so that your contribution is properly recorded.
A Pretoria high court acting judge on Tuesday had harsh words for the police
and the Firearms Licence Appeal Board for the manner in which they handled
the application for firearm licences by an antique firearms collector.
Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn said there was a "lack of competency" by both the
police and the Appeal Board in this regard.
Ebersohn severely criticised members of the board for not having sufficient
knowledge of firearms.
"None of them have any specific knowledge of firearms except that, which
they gained in criminal cases," Ebersohn said.
He said presiding officers in criminal cases where firearms are involved
merely hear evidence relating to the firearm and don't gain experience in
firearms or the collection thereof.
Ebersohn said the chairman of the Appeal Board admitted that he was not a
"When you sit as a member of an appeal board considering applications by
serious and registered (firearm) collectors to enhance their collections,
you at least have to be an expert yourself in that field in order to do
justice to the applications you consider," he said.
Ebersohn yesterday ordered the Appeal Board to "immediately issue" four
firearm licences to collector George Black.
Black turned to court in desperation after he was refused licences for the
four firearms he wanted to add to his collection.
Black's collection initially consisted of 62 firearms, some of which date
back from the First World War to the Boer War.
Ebersohn said it was clear that Black's collection was structured
scientifically and logically, and was sophisticated, and that he had valid
licences for all the firearms.
Black applied for licences for five more firearms - three Luger pistols, one
BRNO pistol and a military Mauser rifle. The Commissioner of Police refused
licences for all five weapons on a standard refusal letter.
The commissioner found the weapons "did not fit into the theme of
Ebersohn said the conduct of the official who declined the application,
Director Jaco Botha, "made a mockery of the process of registering as a
collector and registering specific themes".
"One gets the unfortunate impression that the third respondent (chairman)
merely rubber stamped the refusals," Ebersohn said.
Submissions by 2008-07-31 : Disbanding of Scorpions
The government remains determined to force the legislation to
disestablish the Scorpions through Parliament, despite your good
efforts to be heard. Parliament has today published a public
notice indicating they require public submissions regarding the
proposed legislation to be received by latest 12:00 on the 28th
We have contacted the opposition parties and they are prepared
to accept your letters by fax and email and submit it on your
behalf to the chairs of the parliamentary portfolio committees.
I urge all of you to write a letter today stating why you
believe this will be the wrong move and that it will seriously
affect your safety and the functioning of law enforcement and
prosecution in South Africa. The letter does not have to be
long, just specific and to the point. There is no set format. A
submission can be a simple letter of support or opposition, or
it can be a longer document with suggestions for changes. The
important thing is to say what you want to say clearly. The
following tips may help you when preparing your submission or
Usually, the shorter and simpler the better. If your document is
long, write a summary. Your summary should briefly outline your
main points and recommendations. If you are making the
submission as an individual, explain why you want to comment on
the legislation. If you are making the submission as an
organisation, describe the organisation: Who are its members?
Why are they concerned about this amendment? Does the
organisation have special expertise or experience in this issue?
Explain your point of view. Say whether you want to support or
oppose the matter. If you want to suggest changes, explain what
they are. Use the language you feel most comfortable with.
The letter should be addressed to any of the following persons:
Mr V Ramaano or Ms P Sibisi or Mr J Michaels.
Committee secretaries of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional
Development and Portfolio committee on Safety and Security
3rd Floor 90 Plein Street
Cape Town 8000.
Make sure you clearly indicate your name and address.
If you wish to make a verbal presentation please indicate this
in the letter and which province you wish to do this in. (Public
hearings in the provinces will be heard from the 11th to the
15th of August)
Or submit to your political representative: To make it easier
for here are the the opposition parties who have agreed to
accept your letter by fax or email and deliver them on your
behalf to the Portfolio committees. Please decide which party
you wish to trust in getting your submission in front of the
Fax: (021) 461 9690
Fax 021 461 9317
Attn: Mr van De Merwe
I live in a gun-banned country, the UK. I noticed an article in the news about a young girl who’d been kicked to death by a bunch of youths for being a goth. Her boyfriend was also severely beaten. Occasionally, a week goes past without a stabbing making the news - but there are so many, not all stabbings make the news.
Roll that one ’round your cranial vault a few times - there are so many stabbings in the UK, that they aren’t considered newsworthy enough, unless it’s a celebrity - some actor in the Harry Potter movies was stabbed to death at a nightclub, and that made the news. A couple of weeks prior, a guy was stabbed to death at a club about seven minutes walk from my front door, and that barely made the local papers.
This is gun control.
There are usually two shootings a month here. Of course, if ever anyone does defend themselves, they’re sent down for it - one ex-serviceman who made “a citizen’s arrest” of a youth who’d been throwing bricks at his house got to spend three months defending himsef against charges of kidnapping while the vandal got off scott-free.
This is gun control.
There’s talk of installing “knife arches” (that’s “metal detectors” to the corticate) in all schools and indeed pubs to prevent people from carrying knives. It’s illegal to carry a knife in public without “a good reason” as far as the arresting officer’s concerned. Parents are buying armoured blazers (school jackets) for their young.
This is gun control.
It’s even illegal to wear the traditional flat-cap into the pub in Yorkshire, because they interfere with the closed-circuit television cameras’ ability to see your face. The home secretary advises not going out after midnight. People are not safe in their towns, their homes or their person - and are bereft of any legal way to defend themselves.
This is gun control.
Gun control leads to the dominance of the brutish, the lawless, and the vicious many. Gun control leads to totalitarian laws restricting and confining law-abiding citizens in an ineffectual and ham-fisted attempt to “make us all safe”. Gun control leads to the delusion that things can be made safe by tougher legal penalties, and by banning items rather than punishing actions.
This is gun control. I’m living it’s reality. I wouldn’t wish it on an enemy.
The government’s repeated failures to bring levels of violent crime under control contributed to an environment which saw people resort to violence without fear of arrest or successful prosecution. In failing to maintain the rule of law the state had conditioned many poor communities to violent behaviour. The failure to protect communities from criminal elements and to remove those elements had allowed criminals to take full advantage of chaos and disorder to rob, rape, and loot during the violent uprisings.
Incompetence in the ministry of safety and security, falling standards in the South African Police Service, corruption up to the highest levels of the police, and affirmative action had eroded the capacity of the police to provide a safe and secure environment in South Africa. [...]
Warnings to this effect from a variety of sources had been largely ignored or treated with arrogance and contempt from the office of the minister of safety and security downwards. That not a single minister or deputy minister responsible for law and order, justice, or prisons was dismissed over close on ten years of Thabo Mbeki’s presidency suggests that the government was either unable to identify the risks presented by lawlessness or had resigned itself to the consequences.
May 24, 2008 : The Metropolitan Shooting Association annual game festival is on at the Parow North Athletic Club. It starts at 19:00 and cost is R100. Contact Thomas Eastes for more information.
So I hear that somewhere in the U.S. of A., a guy walked into a mall
and offed eight people before eating his gun. Somewhere else, a guy
shot some folks in a church, and then got center-punched by a member
of the congregation at church #2 before making it more than fifty
feet into the building. Hmmm....I wonder if there's a lesson there
I've said it before, but it bears repeating: the only thing that will
stop an armed attacker on the spot is a person with a gun of their own.
Gun haters realize this as well, which is why they rarely ever suggest
disarming the police. They, too, rely on the gun to protect themselves
from harm--they just feel all high and mighty because they outsource the
The number of casualties at the site of an attempted mass shooting is
usually determined by whether the gun used to stop the killer is already
at the site, or whether it must be carried there in the holster of a
police officer. -- Marko Kloos.
Is it the bodyguards around you
Is it the high walls where you live
Or is it the men with the guns around you
Twenty four hours a day
That make you ignore the crying of the people
Farmers get killed everyday
And you say it is not that bad
Policemen get killed everyday
And you say it is not that bad
Maybe if you see it through the eyes
Of the victims
You will join us and fight this
October 14, 2007 :Sure we believe you, Mr President. "I prepared myself psychologically to be raped and
knew that I could access the AZT anti-HIV cocktail at one of the private
hospitals nearby. Many women survive rape in this country."
Castle Doctrine : You should be within your rights to use lethal force against an intruder in your own home or on your property. Currently you have to prove that lethal force was necessary. This is wrong. It should be up to the state to prove that lethal force was not necessary.
May 29, 2007 : Ever wonder where the bad guys get guns and ammunition?
16 firearms "ordered" by criminals found in
police custody. 40 000 rounds of ammunition also "disappeared" from the same storage facility.
March 30, 2007 : The news programme on various radio stations are saying that licenced firearm owners
born between April and June have to relicence by tomorrow or hand their firearms in for
destruction. This is a lie spread by a press release from the victim disarmament guys.
All licences remain valid until June 2009! And even then, the state owes you compensation.
So hold on to your firearms!
March 2, 2007 : If you are in the unfortunate situation of having your firearm stolen,
this article from the Cape Times will
come in handy. Quote : "Sinyangana said a report on Daniels' missing firearm would be circulated so
police could be on the look-out for it. He said Daniels would not be charged
with negligence because he was a victim of crime". Note : Ganief Daniels is the Western Cape Deputy
Police Commisioner, and he was carrying a firearm in his briefcase along with R 9000 cash when it was
January 2, 2007 : Family murders always seem to happen around Christmas. This year
was, unfortunately, no exception. As always, it seems that our police service heads the list, as
the following articles illustrate :
October 30, 2006 : The ICD "REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE MISSING
FIREARMS AND RELATED MATTERS AT DURBAN METRO POLICE" is
available for download.
"We have also discovered that the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has also contributed
to the problems in their failure to effectively implement the provisions of the Firearms
Control Act and the regulations promulgated under the Act."
September 21, 2006 : If you carry a firearm with you for self-defence,
you need to take a look at GUNSURE
which is aimed at providing legal help to keep you out of jail after you were forced to shoot someone.
It has other benefits too.
September 12, 2006 : We hear that the President has signed the
Firearms Control Amendment Bill. If you have one of
those recently de-regulated muzzle-loaders, you now need a competency certificate for it. If it's
a cap and ball revolver, you now need a licence. Some sanity prevailed, and you don't need a permit
for your silencer as was proposed in the drafts.
The main reason for having an Amendment Bill in the first place, namely that three quarters of
legal firearm owners have so far decided not to renew their licences, has not been addressed at all.
(The first draft made provisions to scrap relicencing, subsequent revisions dropped that idea like
a hot potato -- strange, since
it's actually the relicencing
that's the hot potato). Come May 2010, the number of licenced firearms in the country will drop
to one quarter. The number of unlicenced firearms will go up by around two and a half million or so.
This will most likely be seen as a victory of some sort.
"The DA believes that the state should be a caring institution that puts ordinary
people, their issues and their concerns at the very top of its agenda. Under the ANC
government, however, the state is a ‘cold’ institution, uncaring and unsympathetic to
the experiences of people on the ground."