Minister of Police Bheki Cele has granted an extension on submissions on changes to the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, with the public now having until the end of July to comment.
In a letter addressed to the SA Arms and Ammunition Dealers Association and the Confederation of Hunting Associations of SA, the State Attorney’s office on Monday confirmed that the Minister of Police had approved an extension of 21 working days for the public participation process.
“We confirm that we have been instructed to advise you that the minister of police has approved a 21 working days extension for the comments to be submitted,” read the letter, dated 28 June.
The extension means the closing date for submissions for public participation is now 31 July instead of 4 July.
Key changes in the proposed bill include deleting of licensing of firearms for self defence; a reduction of the licence period to five years; a reduction in the number of allowed licences; limits on ammunition per licence; and the prohibition of ammunition reloading.
Non-profit organisation Dear South Africa said it welcomed the decision to extend the public participation process. “To date, DearSA has delivered over 115 000 individually recognised public submissions to the government on the FCA amendment bill. Such an exceptional display of active citizenship reveals South Africans are serious about this topic.”
Objections can be submitted at https://dearsouthafrica.co.za/firearm-control-2021/