Sunday, 14 February 2010

Public 'misled' about gun laws

The Freedom Front Plus on Tuesday accused Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and national police Commissioner Bheki Cele of misleading the public about firearms.

Mthethwa's statements that only law-enforcers should be carrying weapons was an acknowledgement that government wanted to disarm civilians 'snip'
Mthethwa had acknowledged in an answer to another parliamentary question that he could not say how many crimes had been committed by owners of legal firearms or by persons with stolen or illegal firearms.

"If the Minister does not even know how many criminal acts had been committed with illegal firearms, how can Cele say that the impact the police are making in the number of illegal firearms in circulation can be seen in the increase of crimes committed with knives?

"The Minister and Commissioner contradict themselves and each other and it proves that they are running a campaign against legal firearm owners," Groenewald said.

"Since the inception of the new Firearms Control Act the government has been running a vendetta against legal firearm owners.

"It is now being continued and it is clear from the statements made by Mthethwa in October of last year when he said that the extraordinary high level of crime in South Africa is partly due to the large number of firearms in the possession of civilians. 'snip'


"Civilians need firearms to defend themselves against criminals because of the high crime rate in South Africa.

"If crime figures were low, civilians would arm themselves less and there would then be fewer firearms in circulation. 'snip'

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