In the Media

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:51

Corruption in firearms industry makes us all a target: Fraudulent issuing of firearms proficiency certificates underscores the risk of a gun in the home as legal gun owners may not have the necessary knowledge and skills to responsibly own a firearm

As part of the #GunFreeValentine campaign; Gun Free SA and Sonke Gender Justice call for an immediate investigation into the firearms industry after the latest media exposé filmed the Secretary of the South African Professional Firearms Trainers Council selling a fraudulent firearms proficiency certificate to a journalist. 

Thursday, 11 February 2016 13:11

If your partner owns a gun, you could be the next target

Gun Free SA, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Sonke Gender Justice today launched the #GunFreeValentine campaign to highlight that women in South Africa are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner than by a stranger, with firearms in the home posing a specific risk. 

Saturday, 30 January 2016 13:23

Stop police using R-5 massacre rifles

As the South African Police Service celebrates its 20th anniversary in Kabokweni, Mpumalanga today, social justice activist organisation Amandla.Mobi and Gun Free SA have partnered on a campaign to ban R-5 rifles in public order policing.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 13:12

Research shows South Africa’s gun law has saved lives, made country safer

Evidence that South Africa’s Firearms Control Act (2000) has saved thousands of lives and made South Africa safer was publicised at a seminar hosted in partnership with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum and the Institute for Security Studies. The research presented by Dr Richard Matzopoulos and Professor Naeemah Abrahams shows that over 4,500 lives were saved from gun violence across five cities (Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria) between 2001 and 2005 and that the number of women shot and killed halved between 1999 and 2009.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:16

Guns fuel violent crime: Gun Free SA’s response to 2014-15 crime stats

Corruption in the firearms control management system is driving South Africa’s year-on-year increase in violent crime. Firearm-related fraud and corruption has channelled guns into the wrong hands, which is fuelling violent crime in South Africa, as the latest crime statistics released today show. Annual police statistics reveal that violent crime has steadily increased since 2012, with the 2014/15 police stats show that murder has increased by 4.6% from 2013/14; robbery with aggravating circumstances by 8.5% and car-jacking by 14.2%. This steady increase in violent crime coincides with a breakdown in the firearms control management system. 

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