South Africa: A Lesson in Registering Guns
Kevin Felts 07.24.18
Gun control zealots seem to have a difficult time understanding why gun owners oppose registering guns. Besides the issue of registering people who exercise their rights, there is the example of South Africa.
First came a law that said all gun owners must register their firearms.
Second, the law said firearms must be re-registered.
Third, the firearm must be re-registered 90 days before the registry expires.
Fourth, any firearm that is not registered must be handed in for disposal.
Move the goal post enough and eventually people will slip through. In the case of South Africa, 300,000 people have been ordered to turn in their guns.
The Constitutional Court of South Africa recently ruled that 300,000 gun owners must turn in their firearms.
This judgement came in response to the North Gauteng High Court’s ruling in 2017 which said Section 24 and Section 28 of the Firearm’s Control Act were unconstitutional.
Now that the High Court’s initial ruling has been overturned, gun owners who failed to renew their firearms licenses must hand in their firearms to the nearest police station, where authorities will then proceed to destroy them.
Opposing Gun Registration
First comes a simple law that says all gun owners must register their firearms. Then comes the fees, and the licensing, and the complicated paperwork. Eventually, the “simple law” morphs into something so complicated the people enforcing the laws are not even sure of what they are supposed to do.
Take California, for example. When Gun owners had to register their firearms for the bullet button law, the website kept crashing. There are stories of people spending hours upon hours attempting to register their firearms.
All it takes is that first law to force people to register their firearms, and things spiral downhill from there.
How long until California, New York, and Washington D.C. pass a law like what is happening in South Africa? Now that the gun owners of California have registered their guns, the government will know whose door to knock on first.