About Us

Who we are

Gun Free SA is a national NGO committed to reducing gun violence through public policy advocacy, education and awareness raising, and community mobilisation. For 25 years:

  • We’ve worked to strengthen gun control policy and programming and the enforcement thereof through lobbying and advocacy;
  • Our media outreach has specifically focused on highlighting the risks of guns in the home for women and how to use the law to save a life;
  • Our community safety interventions engage and support youth networks to both establish gun free zones and build capacity to amplify young voices working towards safer communities. Read more about how youth activists are helping build safer communites. 

Significant victories

Reduction in gun deaths
Reducing gun deaths from 34 a day in 1998 to 18 a day in 2009: Gun Free SA played a key role in establishing the Gun Control Alliance, which lobbied for stricter gun laws; the Firearms Control Act was passed in 2000.

Constitutional court ruling
On 7 June 2018 the Constitutional Court ruled that SA’s Firearms Control Act is in line with global and regional good practice in requiring firearm owners to regularly renew their firearm licence: Gun Free SA admitted as amicus curiae in the matter.

Youth mobilisation against gun violence
Working with young people across SA to help make their communities safer, more secure and free from gun violence..

Latest News

Gun violence in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions: Nationally, guns have overtaken knives as the weapon most used in murders , while in Gauteng more people are shot and killed than

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Gun Free SA welcomes the release by the Minister of Police Bheki Cele of the Panel of Experts Report on Policing and Crowd Management, noting that the release of the Report comes at a time of low...

The safety of all who live in South Africa will continue to be at risk of gun violence because neither the police nor gun owners have acted expediently on the national firearms amnesty, which ends...

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Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) aims to make a material contribution to the safety and security of South Africa by reducing gun-related violence.

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