[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Up in Arms
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟲 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭.
Do you own a firearm to defend yourself? The publication of the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill has been met with a social media firestorm and swift public outcry aimed at the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele. One of the most contentious proposals it contains, is that firearm owners will no longer be able to apply for a gun licence on the basis of self-defence. The bill makes it clear that government wants to reduce the number of firearms in circulation as part of its efforts to curb violent crime. Would it help, for instance, to protect women who live in fear of gender-based violence if the proposal succeeds? The government maintains the proposal is based on solid research and emotions run high on both sides. Carte Blanche investigates the hotly contested topic.