There have been a couple of articles in the paper (Benoni City Times) about air guns and their use. One was fired at a property in Western Extension a couple of weeks ago and originally there was a statement that they were not illegal.
IT IS ILLEGAL to fire airguns / pellet guns in South Africa in a built up area. The Government Gazette (April 10, 2001) Chapter 16 (offences) section 120(3) states
It is an offence to:
(a) cause bodily injury to any person or cause damage to property or any person by negligently using a firearm, an antique firearm or an airgun.
It is an offence to discharge these articles in a built up area or in a public place without good reason to do so.
So why are we interested? Well we are the ones who usually have to deal with fall out from the use of these weapons especially when children are involved and they injury a cat, dog or any animal in their neighbourhood.
Please don't buy these guns for your children or even for yourself. Firearms of any description need to be used responsibly. So please think before you buy.
Here are our Inspectors and volunteers at last years Benoni Carnival.
Ain't they sweet