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This time, Windy Wendy had a direct hand in setting this system up – on *our* dime!

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Gun control costs astronomical

Published: 2011/02/28 07:12:51 AM

The letter from Charl van Wyk, Arm the law abiding (February 25) refers. Mr van Wyk quotes Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa : “We could never equate a cost to human lives when it comes to fighting crime. The ministry, in its endeavours of ensuring proper control of firearms in this country, is not informed by how much that would cost…”

My gut feel is that the minister is preparing the nation for a shock.

My suspicion is that the minister knows exactly how much the Firearms Control Act (FCA) has cost — and the costs of “ensuring” what is laughably described as “proper control” of firearms in SA have been astronomical. Tell the people of SA how much this act has cost them, Mr Minister!

In Canada, audits found that the blueprint for the FCA cost more than 2bn to implement. Original cost estimates for the long- gun registry had been 2m . In 2004 — when the largest part of the FCA was promulgated — the police budget stood at R22,7bn. By last year it had increased to R52,6bn.

Business Day covered Justice Minister Jeff Radebe ’s news conference in Cape Town last weekend extensively. The 2009-10 annual report of the South African Police Service (SAPS) reveals there were 18786 robberies at residential premises and 5458 arrests; 13902 car hijackings and 2352 arrests; and 14534 robberies at business premises with 3342 arrests.

“Trio crimes” are armed robberies at homes and businesses and car hijackings — violent crime.

Mr Radebe revealed that only 276 such cases had been finalised in the past year, and only 239 resulted in convictions.

When the media asked Mr Mthethwa how it was possible that only 239 convictions were obtained from tens of thousands of reported cases, the minister said the statistics showed “inroads are being made” through working tougher and smarter. Meanwhile, ordinary working people have to hire an attorney to complete a gun licence application form. Hundreds of thousands more have been disarmed by this government’s unconstitutional gun-control regime.

The FCA cannot be implemented and administered by the police. The country just cannot afford it. Every rand poured into the Central Firearms Register is a rand diverted away from the poor, from effective policing, from replacing lost keys to holding cells, fixing toilets in police stations, putting band-aids on damaged infrastructure.

The results speak for themselves. What kind of morality is disarming hundreds of thousands of elderly gun owners without compensation, using fraud and intimidation, when the government gets convictions in less than 1% of violent crime?

Brett Nortje

Roodepoort

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Such is the case for *all* such attempts at “citizen control” – not only will it *never* work, it wastes valuable police resources tracking exactly the wrong group of people…

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Police admit WA gun licence system is a shambles

WA Police has lost track of thousands of guns and admitted its firearms licensing system is a shambles.  

It means that many weapons, including high-powered rifles and pistols, are now held by unlicensed owners in the community and police do not have an automated database to trace who keeps them and pinpoint where they are.

In a major embarrassment, the computer system failure has compromised WA’s stringent firearms laws, which require that anyone in possession of a gun must be licensed.

Police don’t believe community safety has been compromised but many unlicensed gun owners may have changed address, making it harder for officers to find them and check their firearms have not entered the black market.

After inquiries this week by The Sunday Times, police admitted the firearms infringement registry, which alerts police to unpaid gun licence renewals, was deactivated in mid-2008 because of technical issues.

Since then, police have been unable to proactively follow up on lapsed licences to recover unlicensed arms or issue fines.

While WA Police could not officially confirm how many gun licences were overdue or had expired, police sources said the numbers were likely to run into thousands.

In WA, there are more than 80,000 firearms licence holders, who own about 360,000 guns.

Licensing Enforcement Division assistant director Trudi Angwin said police were undertaking a six-month $635,000 “stabilisation project” of the firearms registry to resurrect the database. But a “significant number” of overdue and expired licences remained outstanding.

“We haven’t had a system that is automatically triggering police to go and knock on doors and ask if people have got these firearms and why haven’t they renewed,” Ms Angwin said.

“This would normally be an automatic process that trips us to that action. That’s not in place. We estimate that the total number of both overdue and expired firearm licences is significant, however, until the system is rectified firm numbers cannot be supplied.

“It’s significant in numbers, but we are not expecting it to be significant in terms of proportion because a very, very overwhelming majority of people have renewed. These are people who have essentially lapsed in renewing their licence. These are not people who have unlawfully acquired a firearm.”

Ms Angwin said the breakdown was limited to the tracking of unpaid licence renewals and the system that sent out renewal notices worked correctly.

“The Government has been made aware and together we’ve been working on creating long-term solutions and managing any risks,” she said.

Under the Firearms Act, people own a gun must hold a valid licence. If anyone does not renew their licence, they must surrender their gun or face a fine. Licences that have lapsed up to 12 months are deemed overdue and those not paid for more than a year are expired.

The system rebuild is due to be finished next month. Then the deactivated infringement registry will be switched on.

The admission comes 18 months after a review by Auditor General Colin Murphy found WA Police was not adequately monitoring the possession, use and dealing of firearms in the community.

Opposition police spokeswoman Margaret Quirk said: “The dangers associated with having unlicensed firearms on our streets are so obvious that even Police Minister Rob Johnson could understand.”

Mr Johnson said police “have assured me that they are working hard to reactivate the firearms infringement register, which will occur once they have completed the firearms registry stabilisation project”.

Ms Angwin reminded gun-owners it was their responsibility to ensure firearms were licensed.She said an amnesty exists should people want to hand in firearms to a police station to avoid prosecution. More information is available through The police firearms hotline is 1300171011.

Police admit WA gun licence system is a shambles

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NO RECORD: WA police admit that thousands of guns are in the community without record due to a faulty licensing system. Source: PerthNow

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NO RECORD: WA police admit that thousands of guns are in the community without record. Source: PerthNow

WA Police has lost track of thousands of guns and admitted its firearms licensing system is a shambles.

It means that many weapons, including high-powered rifles and pistols, are now held by unlicensed owners in the community and police do not have an automated database to trace who keeps them and pinpoint where they are.

In a major embarrassment, the computer system failure has compromised WA’s stringent firearms laws, which require that anyone in possession of a gun must be licensed.

Police don’t believe community safety has been compromised but many unlicensed gun owners may have changed address, making it harder for officers to find them and check their firearms have not entered the black market.

After inquiries this week by

The Sunday Times, police admitted the firearms infringement registry, which alerts police to unpaid gun licence renewals, was deactivated in mid-2008 because of technical issues.


Since then, police have been unable to proactively follow up on lapsed licences to recover unlicensed arms or issue fines.

While WA Police could not officially confirm how many gun licences were overdue or had expired, police sources said the numbers were likely to run into thousands.

In WA, there are more than 80,000 firearms licence holders, who own about 360,000 guns.

Licensing Enforcement Division assistant director Trudi Angwin said police were undertaking a six-month $635,000 “stabilisation project” of the firearms registry to resurrect the database. But a “significant number” of overdue and expired licences remained outstanding.

“We haven’t had a system that is automatically triggering police to go and knock on doors and ask if people have got these firearms and why haven’t they renewed,” Ms Angwin said.

“This would normally be an automatic process that trips us to that action. That’s not in place. We estimate that the total number of both overdue and expired firearm licences is significant, however, until the system is rectified firm numbers cannot be supplied.

“It’s significant in numbers, but we are not expecting it to be significant in terms of proportion because a very, very overwhelming majority of people have renewed. These are people who have essentially lapsed in renewing their licence. These are not people who have unlawfully acquired a firearm.”

Ms Angwin said the breakdown was limited to the tracking of unpaid licence renewals and the system that sent out renewal notices worked correctly.

“The Government has been made aware and together we’ve been working on creating long-term solutions and managing any risks,” she said.

Under the Firearms Act, people own a gun must hold a valid licence. If anyone does not renew their licence, they must surrender their gun or face a fine. Licences that have lapsed up to 12 months are deemed overdue and those not paid for more than a year are expired.

The system rebuild is due to be finished next month. Then the deactivated infringement registry will be switched on.

The admission comes 18 months after a review by Auditor General Colin Murphy found WA Police was not adequately monitoring the possession, use and dealing of firearms in the community.

Opposition police spokeswoman Margaret Quirk said: “The dangers associated with having unlicensed firearms on our streets are so obvious that even Police Minister Rob Johnson could understand.”

Mr Johnson said police “have assured me that they are working hard to reactivate the firearms infringement register, which will occur once they have completed the firearms registry stabilisation project”.

Ms Angwin reminded gun-owners it was their responsibility to ensure firearms were licensed.She said an amnesty exists should people want to hand in firearms to a police station to avoid prosecution. More information is available through The police firearms hotline is 1300171011.

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http://www.610cktb.com/news/local/story.aspx?ID=1373120

Charges dropped against fire bomb victim

By Siobhan Morris, 610 CKTB News
NEWS TALK 610 CKTB NEWS – MARCH 2, 2011

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About 20 people showed up at the Welland court house Wednesday morning in support of Ian Thomson. He is the Port Colborne man  charged for firing his gun after his house was fire-bombed in August. Demonstrators from Niagara, the GTA and BC got what they had been  hoping for. The Crown dropped charges for careless use of a firearm and for pointing a fire arm. The Crown did not think the  charges would ultimately end in conviction.

Thomson was jolted awake early one Sunday morning by the sound of breaking glass. It was the sound of molotov cocktails crashing through the windows of his Snider Road home. Police say the homeowner grabbed a .38 caliber hand gun, ran outside and fired three shots. Thomson’s supporters say it was self defense. Thomson will be back in court in April to answer charges for improper storage of his gun.

Two people have been charged in the fire-bombing of Thomson’s home.

 

 

Fantino to announce by-election bid

Published On Mon Oct 11 2010

Julian Fantino will announce on Tuesday his intention to run for the Conservatives in an upcoming Vaughan federal by-election, a party source has told the Star.

 

Well, that’s good news to wake up to!