National Firearms Summit to begin today

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The National Firearms Summit, aimed at addressing the proliferation of firearms in South Africa will begin in Parliament on Tuesday.

Portfolio Committee on Police chairperson Francois Beukman said the summit will bring together 150 practitioners and members of civil society.

This comprises of key policing personnel, policy-makers, legislators, government departments, trade unions and members of academic institutions to develop a common approach towards addressing the proliferation of firearms in the country.

Objectives of the summit include, among others, developing a view of the current state of implementation of the firearms legislation and policies, the committee said in a statement.

A fresh approach on key challenges affecting the public and government departments in dealing with firearms and formulate key solutions between all key sectors that are affected by the firearms legislation, will also be looked at.

Beukman said the committee would also be processing the anticipated Firearms Amendment Bill later this year. The Bill is expected to be tabled in Parliament in May.

“Once the Bill gets tabled, the Committee would embark on a comprehensive public participation process. Details of such a process will be duly communicated,” said Beukman.

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