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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

Friday, 13 September 2019 09:26

CrimeStats - Guns leading cause murder, attempted murder: Reducing gun availability key to curing SA’s violent crime epidemic

The 2018-19 national crime statistics show that guns are overwhelmingly the weapon used to kill, injure, threaten and intimidate: 47% of murders are due to gunshot (up from 41.3%), which means an additional two people are shot and killed every day compared to a year ago. Minister Cele stressed using “tried and tested methodologies”. Effective gun control is one such ‘tried and tested methodology’: Evidence globally and in SA shows that limiting gun availability saves lives.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019 10:55

Are guns effective for self-defence?

People in SA are scared, and believe that a gun can protect you and your family from criminals.
This is a myth. The evidence overwhelmingly shows that guns are rarely used for self-defence; when a gun is used in self-defence it increases the risk of being shot at, and thus shot, 4 to 5 times. Moreover, a gun is 4 times more likely to be stolen than to be used for self-defence, so arming criminals.


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