GOSA is constantly in need of Donor Funding for three main causes:
- We engage in litigation on principle (apart from the litigation that our legal team engages in on behalf of specific members). Last year we spent more than a million rands gaining an interdict on behalf of 400 000 firearm owners who had not been able to renew their licences for various reasons. Our litigation seeks to enforce the rule of law to the benefit of all South African society. This year we will have to spend more than that to defend our interdict and to force SAPS, in our main action, to repair the IT system which they sabotaged, or have firearm licences deemed to be permanent.
- We engage in public outreach programmes like our provincial Firearms festivals, and our special interest group events. Our Ladies Top Shot competition in January caught the imagination of the local press in an extremely positive way. Our smaller, provincial ladies introductory events are kicking off in Cape Town in March 2019. None of these are money-making events. They all run on donations and sponsorships or run at a small loss. This is inevitable, and acceptable as the words spreads and more and more people join our cause.
-Our political activism (representation in Parliament and in various encounters with government and other role players) costs money. Flights, car rental, accommodation, etc, etc. This fight will not be won in court, but in the public space where we can influence politicians and law-makers.
Over the coming days, GOSA will give outlines of each of the amendments proposed in the Firearms Amendment Bill of 2021. This is to give members a better understanding of the proposed amendments. This will be done according to different “Themes”. We encourage members to send their comments for each theme to Dear South Africa, the Civilian Secretariat for Police and CC firstname.lastname@example.org. Our panel of attorneys will assess all of the comments and the member with the most comprehensive comment will be posted on the GOSA Facebook page and the member will receive a GOSA badge. This will assist other members to formulate their own comments.
A clause-by-clause analysis of each section can be also be found on page 102 - 133 of the Firearms Amendment Bill of 2021, which can be found in our files section.