SOUTH AFRICAN LEGAL GUN OWNERS (SALGO)
GUN OWNERS of SOUTH AFRICA (GOSA)
WAPENEIENAARS van SUID-AFRIKA (WESA)
High Level National Strategy
(Legal Firearm Ownership)
DRAFTED BY THE SALGO FORUM AS CONVENED
ON 15 & 16 OCTOBER 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2. Prime vision
11. Potential Risks
This document is intended to be a plan of action and a strategy whereby legal firearm owners’ interests can be best served. The Firearms Control Act (FCA) 60 of 2000 and accompanying regulations and amendments do not serve the interests and rights of legal firearm owners in South Africa. This document is drafted and formulated to oppose the said Act and to guide legal firearm owners as to their rights as described in the strategy statement of this document.
What this strategy is:
This high level strategy was formulated to unite the interests of all legal firearm owners in a central location. It is intended to ensure that all affected, impacted, interested and willing individuals, groups, organizations, associations, clubs and bodies are aligned with the common denominator: Possession/use of legal firearms as required within such groups, associations etc.
We as concerned law abiding, legal firearm owners and upstanding tax paying citizens of the Republic of South Africa make known that the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 (FCA) and its supporting regulations are a gross infringement on human and constitutional rights. It also infringes such God given/inalienable rights as confirmed and upheld in the South African Constitution, UN Human Rights Charter, Common Law and Bill of Rights. We believe that all citizens’ traditional, constitutional and democratic rights are being abused.
It is our belief that there are underhanded and ulterior motives driving this legislation and will endeavour to expose such suspicions with tangible and factual proof. We also believe that if governments fear their citizens being legally armed, then citizens should fear such governments. The disarming of law-abiding citizens and legal firearm owners is proven in history to always be followed by an increase in violent crime and at times resulting in genocide and ethnic cleansing.
Affirm the rights of all people within South Africa to own and bear arms.
We are assertively pursuing the opportunity/s to challenge the ideological, draconian and unconstitutional Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 and its accompanying regulations. This Act is found by affected, interested and knowledgeable individuals to be in contravention with what the public requires and demands w.r.t . firearm ownership. Government officials have freely admitted that this Act is not focused on crime or the prevention thereof but on the incremental disarming of all law-abiding citizens of South Africa.
Our intent is to rally support from all sectors of the public and media (Nationally and Internationally) and to expose the Firearm Control Legislation for what it is : poorly researched, analysed and unconstitutional legislation, based on untruths and infringing on South Africans' fundamental / basic human rights.
We are committed to work towards the repeal of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 and to ensure that fair and equitable legislation is formulated that will benefit all law abiding South Africans.
- Leadership Challenge
- Authoritative reference
- Membership funding
- Representing all legal firearm owners in SA
Production/communication/educational awareness medium for legal firearm matters.
Dissemination of firearm related information.
Motivation of peoples (Interested/sympathetic and legal gun owners).
Monitoring of limited sources of information pertaining to firearms.
Improve firearm cause efficiency.
Uniting medium of all interested parties on firearms related matters.
Web database-based information calendar. (What happens when)
6.1 Continued creation of public awareness
6.1.2 Write letters
220.127.116.11 Ongoing pressure in the press (Respectable)
18.104.22.168 Create opportunities to address via media (Guideline)
6.1.3 Pamphlets revival (FCA & FFZ)
22.214.171.124 Revisit actual documents and review
126.96.36.199 Knock and drop
188.8.131.52 Do robot drops
184.108.40.206 Do shopping center drops @ entrances
6.1.4 Set up operational cells throughout SA to execute the required work.
220.127.116.11 Identify willing and able people to be part of the cells (Active participation)
18.104.22.168 Contract and brief such people as to the required tasks
6.2 Support of Black Gun Owners
6.2.1 Encourage Black Gun Owners
22.214.171.124 Public education on refusals and relevant matters.
126.96.36.199.1 Black firearm instructor’s position reviewed.
188.8.131.52 Gun Shop owners to be consulted
184.108.40.206.1 Get Tel numbers of Black gun owners
220.127.116.11.2 Teachings of the LAW
6.2.2 Help establish regional chapters of black gun owners groups
6.2.3 Co-operation with BGOASA. Confer and advise. (Forum)
6.3 Mobilization of Women
6.3.1 Co-operation with Vroue Landbou Vereniging (VLV) and Women Against Gun Control
18.104.22.168 Determine viability of relationships
6.3.2 Include Black women in mobilization
22.214.171.124 Address image issue as was stated by Minister on Black women gun ownership
6.4 Research legalities
6.4.1 Investigate common law
126.96.36.199 Publish rights draft.
6.4.2 Investigate custom law
188.8.131.52 Publish rights draft.
6.5 Inform/mobilize firearm owners (all )
6.5.1 Address clubs/meetings as and when required/requested/needed. (Ad-hoc)
6.6 Monitoring of media
6.6.1 Gather and consolidate information published in the media
184.108.40.206 Allocate responsibility to individuals
6.6.2 Parliamentary monitoring group - PMG
220.127.116.11 Review and post relevant issues
Investigate: Professional subscriptions service to be investigated
- To have continuously created public awareness on firearm related matters both for and against.
- To have identified and executed means of supporting the Black Gun Owners Association in their endeavors.
- To successfully have mobilized women with an interest in firearms related matters.
- To have researched and understood legalities that are to be pursued around legal firearms matters.
- To have formally informed and mobilized existing legal firearms owners in South Africa.
- To constantly monitor the media in their publication of firearm related matters. (both pro and anti).
Strategy - Major activities
Develop a Database of reference.
Vigilantly oppose unrealistically formulated firearm legislation and regulations.
Regular electronic progress communication. (E-mail)
Quarterly meeting of the forum to determine success and progress.
Monthly written report from the CEO and board to members on progress made.
Paper Newsletter – Firearm News.
No Infrastructure to handle finances
Solution: Use current infrastructure and improve such (VAC Infrastructure to temporarily support the GOSA initiative).
- No local contributions/donations
Solution: Formulate a plan to canvass local contributions/donations
- No government support
Solution: Draft a plan to obtain government support. Handoff to an accountable individual to formally draft and submit a request.
- No fundraising strategy.
Solution: Contract financial consultant to draft a strategy (limitation on the salary due to no funds yet).
- No War chest to litigate with
Solution: Partly initiated and some funds already received.
- No Chair
Solution: Nominate, elect and contractually appoint a chairperson
- Low/No membership
Solution: Aggressively pursue a membership initiation/increase plan
- No operations board
Solution: Nominate, elect and appoint a relevant and competent board (SALGO BOARD exists)
Dependencies on political parties
Areas impacted by Implementation of the strategy (Dealers, Sport, NAAACSA, CHASA, etc.)
Activities/processes dependent on or influenced by this Strategy implementation
Lack of financial support/generation
Firearms related Organizations/bodies non buy-in
- Conservation bodies
- Hunting associations/bodies
- Sports associations/bodies
- Any other interested group/s