GOSA ON AMNESTY 2019/20
As we have stated previously, we would only comment once we had all the details regarding what has been termed “Operation Firearm Amnesty 2019/2020”.
We acknowledge the firearms amnesty period as a means for truly illegally-held and unwanted firearms to be handed in to SAPS for destruction and without prosecution, although, of course, no truly illegally-held firearms will be collected during the amnesty… mirroring the results of all the previous amnesties.
"As GOSA has an interdict in place stopping SAPS from taking away firearms of which the licence has expired, these firearms do not fall into the category of an illegal firearm. There is currently a legal process being followed in order to deal with these firearms." Says Anika Rossle, GOSA's in house counsel.
"We, however, have to stress and point out that Operation Firearm Amnesty 2019/2020 is NOT a means to renew ones expired white licence. There is no provision in the National Directive for people with expired licences to do so. You may apply for an entirely new licence, but that is a different proposition entirely." Said Paul Oxley, GOSA Chairperson on Thursday.
We urge our members not to be misled by companies or people trying to make a quick buck by capitalising on this ‘amnesty'. At this stage expired licences cannot be renewed as SAPS has not restored their IT system, nor retracted the unlawful National Directive of 2016 which prohibits the renewal of expired licences.
For more information on the amnesty, the terms or any questions you are unsure of, please check out our official Facebook page; and members are welcome to email us with their questions in order to clarify.
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.