FMF FEATURE ARTICLE
Proposed firearm law is anti-poor, anti-women
– Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Researcher Romi Sigsworth, writing for the Institute of Security Studies, argues that guns are lethal to women when owned by abusive men. This does not at all negate the self-defense needs of women who feel they need guns and non-abusive men who feel the same. The Firearms Control Act and Domestic Violence Act already make provision for the removal of a firearm from someone suspected of domestic violence. The courts can make a similar declaration if the firearm owner is sentenced without the possibility of a fine for a violent offence or sexual offence.