The magistrate is hearing an application from the media for the hearing to be televised.
Oscar Pistorius has shut his eyes as the legal arguments go on.
Some members of his family seated around me are sobbing. His brother is listening intently to the legal arguments,
Pistorius will concentrate on defending himself against allegations that he murdered his model girlfriend on Valentine's morning.
The South African press say the weapon is a key piece of police evidence, but Pistorius' family said the death is a 'tragic accident.'
The family and management of Oscar Pistorius have released a statement disputing the murder charge against him 'in the strongest terms'.