“Firearms law changes would restrict private security guards, who outnumber the police”


Bruce Whitfield interviews Marco van Niekerk of Outdoor Investment Holdings on the consequences of the FCA bill.

Over 3,000 security guards have been appointed to guard Prasa’s rail infrastructure. The agency loses millions to the theft of copper cables and other forms of vandalism. Photo: Twitter / @ MbalulaFikile

A bill limiting the possession of personal weapons was delayed in parliament in late November to allow more discussion.

The Firearms Control Amendment Bill (FCA) would remove the “self-defense” clause as a basis for applying for a firearms license.

A press release posted on polity.org.za claims the bill would also prevent the private security sector from using force to tackle violent crime.

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The bill would further impose dramatic limitations on hunting and sport shooting licenses, which would end the entire local hunting industry, writes Marco van Niekerk, CEO of Outdoor Investment Holdings (OIH). .

Bruce Whitfield interviews van Niekerk on The Money Show.

OHI operates a number of retail and wholesale distribution businesses, including Safari Outdoor.

We mainly deal with the importation of firearms and ammunition; we do not have a security company.

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

Van Niekerk describes the proposed amendment to the Gun Control Act as a “dangerous move”.

This would severely restrict the private security sector, he said.

If you just look at the government, one of the main concerns is that it spends R16.9 billion a year on security contracts. That’s _excluding _several spheres and branches of government … If you start to include everything, down to the provinces, it’s closer to R100 billion a year.

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

This indicates a competing agenda within the government itself, he says – on the one hand wanting to restrict private security and on the other hand being unable to rely on the police for protection.

If you go back to General Bheki Cele’s remarks and responses in Parliament earlier this year, he admitted that ten police stations were the victims of gun thefts, including Joburg Central, Pretoria Central, Hillbrow … enough stations large …

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

Obviously they can’t protect themselves and they can’t protect us, and now they want to restrict private security companies!

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

It is completely irresponsible! exclaims van Niekerk.

The private security side is an amendment, then the other amendment will have an impact on private citizens …

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

And that doesn’t even take into account that it will absolutely wipe out the hunting and sport shooting industry, which represents an additional R12 billion a year for South Africa … and probably 175,000 non-trading jobs in South Africa. retail, which represents 25,000 other jobs …

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

When you talk about gun loss it becomes a very moving thing … but if you look at the correct statistics there are 3 million licensed gun owners in South Africa and around 150,000 police officers. … Consider how many firearms are lost by police … There is between 3.5 and 8 times more chance for a police officer to lose his firearm than for a private citizen.

Marco van Niekerk, CEO – Outdoor Investment Holdings

He says the crux of the matter is a more effective prosecution of negligence, both in the case of private citizens and members of the police.

Listen to van Niekerk discuss the range of consequences if the bill passes:

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