Proposed ban on guns has pistol Annies reaching for the holster

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Proposed ban on guns has pistol Annies reaching for the holster

Draft bill draws huge public outcry over provision that no firearm licences may be issued for self-defence purposes

Senior reporter

Pistol-packing Annies are fuming over government’s proposed changes to gun laws, which they claim will leave them disarmed and defenceless in the face of endemic violence against women.

The draft firearms control amendment bill, released last week for public comment, has drawn an outcry from gun owners, opposition political parties, civilians and civic organisations, mainly over the provision that no firearm licences may be issued for self-defence.

Police minister Bheki Cele is adamant that arming South Africans won’t solve the country’s high crime rate and has argued the “mere possession of a firearm can lead to increased rates of victimisation – both for the gun owner and those living in the household”...

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