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DA to submit 113 000 signatures rejecting Firearms Amendment Bill

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The DA is to submit its confirmed 113 000 signatures rejecting the draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill to Parliament, calling on the Police Minister to scrap the bill completely.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield issued a statement on Wednesday, 25 August 2021, confirming that the party has received more than 113 000 signatures collectively rejecting the draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill. The bill in question seeks to remove self-defence as a justifiable reason to own a firearm.

The DA plans to submit the signatures to Parliament and has thanked everyone who added their signature to the petition, in support of objections against what it has referred to as a draconian piece of legislation. Whitfield called on the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to do the right thing and scrap the bill completely, since it has now been made clear that the South African Police Service (SAPS) is incapable of keeping South Africans safe. This is especially after the recent violent protests and lootings in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng, which the DA believes exposed the SAPS’ inability to deal with criminal acts.

The DA further stated that the bill was simply trying to disarm law-abiding citizens, who, because of the high crime rate in the country, have relied on self-defence. Whitfield also stressed that without protection of weapons, South Africans remain at risk.

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