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There was no "International" section here, so I put this in Off Topic.

I hope this is not us one day . . .

http://www.businessday.co.za/article...?ID=BD4A230570
Last-ditch protest against gun laws
Chris van Gass
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Cape Correspondent

CAPE TOWN â€" Picketers lined up outside Parliament yesterday displaying placards urging the abolition of gun control by government as envisaged in its Firearms Control Amendment Bill.

Yesterday was the last day for comment by interested parties on the bill. The demonstration by the Gun Owners of SA organisation (Gosa) formed part of efforts to have the firearms law scrapped.

In June, Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula made an about turn on existing gun licences, including in the legislation a clause that insists all existing legal guns be relicensed, replacing an earlier suggestion of a national audit of all legal firearms. Nqakula and gun owners have since been at loggerheads over the proposed legislation.

Gosa’s Peter Moss said the legislation should be scrapped and a constitutional amendment “guaranteeing the right of citizens to protect themselves†should be made.

Moss said government was determined to follow the “folly†of England, Jamaica, Canada, Australia and Brazil, which had gun control legislation in place, rather than that of the US, “which currently enjoys the lowest crime levels in memoryâ€.

He said government had budgeted R2,1bn to “drastically†reduce the number of firearms held by citizens.

“Not one cent will have contributed to the safety of citizens, solving crime or the punishment of criminals,†said Moss.
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I lived there for 2 years as a missionary back in the mid 1970's. South Africa is a beautiful country that has been ruined by the governments of late.
Back in the 1970's anyone could carry a gun (at least those that were considered first class citizens).
 

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