Representatives of the gun trade have criticised poor legislation on gun control, and frequent policy changes without consultation or communication, at a meeting of Parliament’s portfolio committee on police. Compliance with SA’s gun-control laws has been poor, and gun owners’ failure to re-new firearm licences has saddled police with the administrative burden of checking complex licensing details. Earlier this week, reports emerged that as many as 20 assault rifles had gone missing from the Bellville South police station. The committee was holding meetings on Friday with organisations representing gun owners, firearm businesses and civil society, to discuss the Firearms Control Act of 2000, firearms control regulations of 2004, and the Firearms Control Amendment Act of 2006. Martin Hood of MJ Hood & Associates Attorneys told the committee that police gun management was informed by bad law, and that there has been a lack of disclosure and consultation with affected parties. He also ...

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