The South African Gunowners' Association
(SAGA) is a non-profit, non-discriminatory organization, whose sole purpose is
to represent the interests of all people who embrace the principles of safe
and responsible ownership and usage of firearms for sport, recreation, hunting
SAGA is the watchdog that endeavours to
safeguard the rights of the South African public by engaging government in
discussion regarding firearm related issues and to provide technical
assistance and expertise where needed. This is achieved by collecting and
disseminating information regarding all aspects of the legitimate use of
firearms. This is to enable responsible, non-discriminatory and enforceable
legislation that would benefit all South Africans, irrespective of race, colour
WHO OR WHAT IS SAGA?
is an acronym for the SOUTH AFRICAN GUNOWNERS’ ASSOCIATION
is the voice of South Africa’s law-abiding firearm owners.
is a non-party political, independent, non-profit association.
was formed to protect the right of decent citizens to own and use
firearms for sport, self-defence, recreation or other legitimate
believes that over-restrictive legislation and regulations are unfair to
the responsible citizen.
government and other bodies, and presses for practical and logical
actively promotes the safe handling and safe storage of firearms and is
unequivocally opposed to their misuse.
does not interfere with the activities of other firearm related
associations, but actively seeks their support and assistance for the
benefit of all.
works to improve the negative image of firearms by taking positive
has credibility and international acceptance as representative of South
African firearm owners with other large national associations such as:
The National Rifle Association of America; the National Firearms
Association of Canada; the Sport Shooting Association of Australia and
the Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand.
is an active member of The World Forum on the Future of Sportshooting
WHAT HAS SAGA DONE?
Established in 1985,
after firearm owners had been shocked out of their lethargy by
limitations on the number of firearms they could own, SAGA has worked
unceasingly for better practical legislation and regulations.
views have been broadcast on TV, national and regional radio and presented in press reports.
has addressed a number of organisations to promote members’ interests
and the safe keeping and handling of firearms.
has given evidence before the Goldstone Commission and its policies have
been quoted in Parliament.
sane and sensible approach has won credibility and high regard in
circles previously anti- or ignorant about firearms.
has protested strongly against bureaucratic actions and has been
instrumental in the successful
import restrictions on certain popular firearms
moderation of the
“automatically unfit to possess” declaration
an Appeal system
that the PERSON is more important than the firearm
is actively involved in:
negotiations with government and police officials
improvements to the Firearms Control Act
an ongoing and
growing relationship with similar associations around the world
is not involved in training people in shooting skills, it assists the
police in drafting guidelines and regulations. SAGA has enjoyed
major successes. With a stronger membership base these successes could
have been notable victories.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME?
First and foremost
- A FAR BETTER CHANCE OF RETAINING YOUR FIREARM plus
- R2,000,000 FREE Public Liability Insurance Cover
Informative email messages to keep you up-to-date on
developments concerning firearm ownership and legislation
Insignia to display, showing you align yourself with and are amongst
those responsible firearm owners who are actively doing something to
promote and protect responsible firearm ownership
- Participation at meetings of firearm owners. These are opportunities
where your problems can be discussed, your questions answered and your
representative councillors elected.
main aim is to ensure that laws and regulations are sensible and provide
protection of society-at-large and
enforceable penalties to deter the criminal and negligent use of
firearms without unnecessarily restricting legitimate and responsible
There are already
more than enough laws and regulations to control the possession of
firearms by private citizens. Fewer and less complex laws reasonably,
yet properly applied, could achieve the required objective.
which spends a considerable portion of its income on promoting safety
and responsibility, is not against sensible and practical controls.
Education and not regulation, is the only sure way of retaining and
improving firearm owners’ rights.
A misinformed public
fears firearms because they do not understand either them or their
legitimate use. This public is increasingly exposed to sensational media
coverage of the misuse of firearms and the false claim that gun control
equals crime control. As violent crime increases, more people arm
themselves for protection. As the number of firearms in circulation
increases, so too does the number of ‘incidents’ – thefts accidents,
As more incidents
are reported, this uninvolved, well-intentioned and concerned public
grows even more fearful of firearms, bringing more pressure to bear on
the State for tighter controls. Unchecked this pressure can become a
serious threat not only to YOUR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE your sport or hobby,
but to a viable means of protecting yourself, your family and property
against unlawful attacks and violence.
change these perceptions. JOIN US today. Make YOUR voice heard. YOUR
support will enable US to bring reason to bear.
needs YOU as part of a strong and committed membership. Let SAGA speak
for YOU! Remember the quote, which says that all it takes for evil to
prevail is for good men to do nothing! Silent majorities will LOSE!
SERIOUSLY CONSIDER the implications of losing your firearms!
does not advocate firearm ownership, ONLY THE FREEDOM TO MAKE THAT
CHOICE PRIVATELY AND WITHOUT OBLIGATION.
is the only organisation specifically established to fight on your
behalf. Only with the strength of numbers of a vigorous growing
membership can SAGA succeed in ensuring a fair and proper deal
for all decent law-abiding citizens; citizens who should be fully
entitled to enjoy RESPONSIBLE firearm ownership.
membership forms are available from the office: PO Box 35203, Northway,
4065, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
or click on this
SAGA online link.
562-9951 Fax (086) 553-9615
WHAT CAN I DO?
joined, YOU can play a most important part in helping both us and
Setting an example
to others of how a responsible and law abiding firearm owner behaves
in the way you handle, carry and store your firearm.
SAGA Corporate members who display their emblems on their
premises, in advertising, on letterheads, etc with your purchasing
local regional councillors, e.g. by informing them of any relevant
events that come to your attention, attending meetings, etc.
Offering what you
have in talent, skills, time, ideas, etc to assist where you can.
the effort to recruit one new member per month.
Making SAGA known to
members of your family, those with whom you work and participate in