Our reference: Firearm Amnesty Extension
By electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
23 March 2020
The Minister of Police
231 Pretorius Street
756-7th Floor Wachthuis Building
RE: REQUEST TO CONSIDER THE EXTENTION OF THE FIREARM AMNESTY FOR A LONGER PERIOD: ANOTHER 12 (TWELVE) MONTHS: FROM 1 JUNE 2020 TO 31 MAY 2021
- We have been on the forefront and have been specializing in the administration of the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act number 60 of 2000)(the Act), since its promulgation.
- The current firearm amnesty runs until the 31st of May 2020 and allows, amongst other, for persons whose firearms licenses have expired, to surrender such firearms and ammunition to the police and allows such a person who surrender same to can apply for a licence for such a firearm in terms of section 139(4)(a) of the Act.
- The current 6 months amnesty period does not give everybody a fair chance to be able to re-licence their firearms of which the licenses have expired, as the number of persons affected are more than 450 000. It will be impossible for the police to assist them all and will adversely affect those who cannot be assisted in this time frame.
- Unfortunately Gun Owners South Africa (GOSA), after promulgation of the amnesty declaration, has embarked on a social media campaign advising expired firearm licenced owners not to take part in the firearm amnesty as they (GOSA) succeeded in obtaining an interim interdict against the Constitutional Court judgement declaring such firearms to be illegally possessed. According to GOSA their interdict covers the expired firearm licenced owners in that the State cannot criminalize them for as long as the interdict stands.
- Lastly, the COVID-19 Coronavirus, which was declared an international pandemic, with infection control and social distancing implemented by our government, will bring the participation in the current amnesty process to a halt as the virus is highly contagious.
- We therefore humbly urge you to consider the extension of the firearm amnesty for another 12 months period to show commitment by the government to overcome the mentioned obstacles and give all expired licenced firearm owners a fair chance to legalize their firearms again.
- We thank you in advance and hope for the best outcome.
Martin & de Beer Inc.
Per: Johan Martin
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