Durban - A new draft bill, which states that self-defence and the protection of property or another person are not valid reasons to own a gun, has left South African gun-owners fuming.
If formalised, the bill could make it almost impossible for South Africans to own a gun.
Dianne Kohler Barnard, DA member of the parliamentary police portfolio committee, described the proposed bill as draconian.
“The document was leaked from the offices of the police civilian secretariat. Now they have no option but to face public condemnation of the proposed bill.
“My sources have confirmed it is a legitimate document. It does cut out the self-defence clause. It also drastically reduces the number of firearms a dedicated sport shooter or hunter may possess. The proposed bill displays extreme ignorance of either of the above sports and even demands a medical certificate for applicants,” she claimed.
She said the proposed bill was still in the draft stages and had not come before cabinet.