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Monday, 13 January 2020 17:20

Hunters see reason, withdraw legal challenge to 2020 Firearms Amnesty

Gun Free SA welcomes the decision by the National Hunting and Shooting Association (NHSA) to withdraw an urgent legal challenge to stop the 2020 National Firearms Amnesty. Papers filed by the Minister of Police in response to the NHSA’s court challenge comprehensively debunk and correct a range of myths and untruths made by the NHSA, showing that the 2020 Amnesty is legal and that it infers rights to gun owners, particularly those in illegal possession.

Monday, 02 December 2019 12:52

Don’t groom For violence! Support a toy gun free festive season

Gun Free SA and Sonke Gender Justice have partnered on a campaign to encourage parents and caregivers, friends and family to support a toy gun free festive season. The campaign, Don’t Groom For Violence!, is being held within the context of a national gun violence emergency. Says Mary-Ann Nobele, Gun Free South Africa’s youth coordinator, “Toy guns are not fun. They are dangerous, and can cause injuries, even death.”


Thursday, 28 November 2019 14:12

Welcome declaration of 6 month national firearms amnesty starting 1 December

Gun Free SA welcomes the declaration that a six month national firearms amnesty will begin on 1 December. SA’s experience of holding amnesties confirms how effective they are at recovering unwanted, unauthorised and illegal guns. If the 2019/20 amnesty is undertaken as part of a comprehensive strategy aimed at recovering and destroying the existing pool of firearms and limiting new firearms into communities it holds the potential to begin reversing SA’s gun violence crisis.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019 09:02

The answer to gun violence: Maverick Citizen: Cape Town's Gang War

As South Africa marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, Gun Free South Africa’s Sara Chitambo writes about her personal experience at the end of a gun - sadly, a regular experience - and the steps needed to close the tap to end the seemingly endless flow of guns into criminal hands and protect others from the trauma of being in a similar position.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 15:19

SA study over 25 years shows gun control save lives, poor enforcement kills, offers solution to rising gun crime

As the world marks global disarmament week (24-30 October), Gun Free SA welcomes parliament’s announcement today that a national firearms amnesty – the fourth in South Africa’s history – will be held later this year.

According to a comprehensive report on gun control in South Africa over 25 years, which is being launched this week to commemorate disarmament week, gun control saves lives. Firearm amnesties are an important component of effective gun control.

REPORT: Gun control and violence: South Africa's story

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