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Gun Owners SA offers to manage firearms registry

The organisation wants to help police streamline the process of dealing with lawful firearm owners.

The organisation wants to help police streamline the process of dealing with lawful firearm owners. Picture: sxc.hu

PRETORIA - Gun Owners South Africa (Gosa) says it's willing to help the police and government rid the streets of unlicensed firearms by reducing the burden on the authorities to manage the firearms registry.

President Jacob Zuma told reporters this week that government will be discussing the idea of a gun free South Africa following a spate of deadly police shooting.

Nearly 60 police officers have been murdered since January, with the latest casualty in Orange Farm yesterday morning.

Gosa's Paul Oxley says government should allow organisations like his to help the police streamline the process of dealing with lawful firearm owners.

"So that you can rather focus on unlawful firearms which are used in crimes. That way we can help you to do your job and help you to make South Africa safe for all of us."

He says the police's own data shows that civilian firearm owners are not the problem.

"Almost 100 percent of firearms stolen from civilians are recovered and almost 90 percent of firearms stolen from state resources are never recovered."

ORANGE FARM & MITCHELLS PLAIN

The gunman who murdered the police officer in Orange Farm had stolen his firearm.

It's understood two policemen were visiting guards at the Stredfort Train Station in the early hours of this morning, when they were confronted by two armed men.

The men who fled on foot made off with the officers and one guard's firearms.

A manhunt is underway for the pair.

The police's Lungelo Dlamini said the injured officer was recovering in hospital.

"Police have launched a manhunt for two suspects who attacked two police officer's at the police station, they were visiting the guards and when they arrived they were confronted by two men."

The latest shooting brings the number of officers killed in the past week around the country to at least seven.

Meanwhile, police are still hunting for the gunman who shot and wounded a police officer yesterday afternoon in Mitchells Plain.

The off-duty policeman was shot in the face at a local filling station.

The warrant officer was one of two police officers attacked in Cape Town and Johannesburg in the space of just a few hours.

Mitchells Plain police have told EWN they're not ruling out the possibility that the officer was targeted.

The off-duty officer had been in civilian clothes in his own vehicle when the incident happened.

No one else was injured in the shooting and the officer's car was not stolen.

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