n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The "new" Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 and the policing of firearms at air and sea ports-of-entry
|Article Title||The "new" Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 and the policing of firearms at air and sea ports-of-entry|
|© Publisher:||Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa (CRIMSA)|
|Journal||Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2007|
|Pages||19 - 36|
Over the past five years the emphasis in South Africa with regard to firearms control was firstly placed on passing the new legislation, and secondly on finalising the related regulations. Both these two foci were aimed largely at the control of private and individual ownership, which essentially revolved around new processes of licensing via competency certificates and the re-application for renewal of existing licences. Very little emphasis was placed on or public attention given to ancillary control aspects such as the importation of firearms or the bringing in by non-citizens of firearms through ports-of-entry. However, this is one of the important aspects of the overall integrated firearm control plan for South Africa. This article examines the way firearms are moved through ports-of-entry and what control measures are in place, as well as some of the shortcomings in these measures which were encountered during the research. Three selected sites used as case studies are reported on, namely the Oliver R Tambo International Airport (formerly the Johannesburg International Airport), Durban Airport and Durban Harbour, with Lanseria Airport being used for purposes of a subcase control site visit.
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