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Monday, 08 July 2019 09:31

Global Gun Destruction Day 9 July 2019 - Gun Free SA calls for destruction of guns to stop leaks fuelling murder

11 people were shot dead in Philippi East on the Cape Flats this past weekend, most likely with guns that were once legal before being lost or stolen. These murders could have been prevented if stockpiles of guns were destroyed.
The UN has declared 9th of July as #GunDestructionDay, making it the official date for destroying small arms worldwide. To help stop gun violence, Gun Free SA urges the police to destroy seized and surrendered firearms.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 07:18

Welcome police destruction of 30,000 unlicensed guns, calls for action to stop leakage risk

Gun Free SA welcomes today’s destruction by the police of 30,000 seized and surrendered firearms. The last such destruction took place on 27 October 2016. It is globally recognised that destroying excess, unwanted and recovered firearms is the only way to guarantee that these are not leaked into the illegal pool of weapons.  Based on SA’s experience of guns earmarked for destruction leaking from police stores as well as global good practice, Gun Free SA also made a written submission to the police calling for steps to ensure that weapons earmarked for destruction are destroyed.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 10:01

Request to declare polling stations firearm free zones on 8 May 2019

Letter by Gun Free SA, the Institute for Security Studies and the Human Sciences Research Council requesting that all polling stations across South Africa be declared as Firearms Free Zones under the Firearms Control Act (2000) during national elections on 8 June 2019 as a practical step to protect the lives of electoral officials and voters, and to send a message that violence will not be tolerated and that firearms – because of their lethality – pose a particular threat to holding free and fair elections, and will not be tolerated.

Thursday, 25 October 2018 11:52

Immediate action needed to reduce SA political violence

With elections fast approaching, specific strategies can reduce high levels of violence associated with political contestation, 25 October 2018. Speakers at a workshop hosted by leading civil society organisations and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) called for immediate steps to bring down the high levels of political violence in the country, including limiting the availability of guns to reduce lethality and save lives. 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:19

Responding to 2017/18 National Crime Statistics – Urgent action to reduce gun availability key to curing SA’s violent crime epidemic

The latest national crime statistics show that guns are overwhelmingly the weapon of choice to kill, injure, threaten and intimidate: A shocking 41.3% of murders and 59.5% of aggravated robberies in 2017/18 were gun-related. The vast majority of these crimes involve handguns: Between 1999/2000 and 2013/14, handguns were used in 94% of murders and 97% of aggravated robberies.

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