I recently bought an airgun and was as excited as a child with a new toy! Near to where I live is an open piece of veld streching from Tableview to Blaauwberg hill(about 10km) so I thought this is the ideal place to test my new airgun and sight in the scope.
I was out in the veld shooting at some tins(with my back to the road). My mistake was to be seen from the road (?60m away) and I was threatened with the police. Without making a scene I left the ?scene of the crime? to go home and phone the police myself to make sure of the new gun law and how it will affect airguns.
The inspector I spoke to (the gun officer of our local police department) informed me that all the laws as applicable to firearms was applicable to airguns with a calibre of 0.177(4.5mm) except that you do not need a licence ? that an airgun have to be kept in a safe, may not be fired in any municipal area (and deffinetely not in my own back yard) etc.
He also stated that the only place I am allowed to shoot is at a designated rifle range or on a farm or small holding. Aparently that hole piece of veld is undeveloped municipal ground!
So, since I don't know anybody close by with a farm or small holding and the existing rifle range have been closed while they build a new one in Atlantis, my airgun is busy gathering dust in my cupboard.
Do anybody know of any airgun clubs in Cape Town? Or any other ?legal? place to shoot an airgun.
As far as the safe is concerned, I spoke to 3 airgun dealers and all 3 said as far as they know you do not need a safe for an airgun since it is not a firearm and as long as you do not shoot at people you can pretty much shoot anywhere (even your own backyard) as long as you use your common sense..... sound like they hav'nt read the new law, or will say anything to sell one of their airguns!