In the Media

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 13:29

Call for moratorium on gun licences and forensic audit of Central Firearms Registry

Gun Free SA urges the Minster of Police to place a moratorium on the issuing of new firearm licences and to conduct a forensic audit of all firearm licences issued since 2010. The arrest of three police officers from the Central Firearms Registry for allegedly issuing fake gun licences including to 28s gang kingpin Ralph Stanfield highlights the unreliability of the firearms control management system. Fraud and corruption in the licensing process allows guns to leak into the illegal pool of weapons; once there they are extremely difficult to mop up, and being robust commodities, are used repeatedly to commit crime. 

Wednesday, 04 June 2014 13:30

Condemn arms scandal in which corrupt policemen allegedly supplied amnesty arms and ammunition to criminals

Gun Free SA calls for a thorough investigation into how firearms handed in by the public during the 2010 national firearms amnesty have been found in an arms cache discovered in Norwood last month; for every person found guilty of involvement to face the full might of the law as a warning to others; and for every oversight body responsible for monitoring policing in South Africa, including police management, parliament and the Civilian Secretariat of Police, to ensure that systems aimed at safeguarding guns held by the police are implemented.

Saturday, 26 April 2014 13:30

Proof – South Africa’s Firearms Control Act has saved thousands of lives

Evidence that SA’s Firearms Control Act (2000) has saved thousands of lives has been presented at the University of Oxford. The research, which was published in the March 2014 edition of the reputable American Journal of Public Health, was presented at the South African Democracy Conference at the University of Oxford by specialist scientist, Dr Richard Matzopoulos, who showed that 4,585 lives were saved across five SA cities from 2001 to 2005 because of the Firearms Control Act.

Monday, 10 March 2014 13:31

Two Part Media Q and A for Oscar Pistorius murder trial

PART 1: What Reeva and Oscar’s story says about gun violence in SA Part 1:

  1. What does Reeva and Oscar’s story tell us about gun violence in South Africa?
  2. Is the story of Oscar and Reeva unique?
  3. Who owns what guns in South Africa?
  4. Who gets shot and killed in South Africa?
  5. Men, women and gun violence
  6. Can we prevent gun violence?
  7. Can the law prevent gun violence?
  8. Are guns effective in self defence?

PART 2: Understanding the gun-related charges against Oscar Part 2:

  1. Who is allowed to own a gun in SA? (Gun for self defence and unfit to own a gun)
  2. List of charges Oscar faces relating to contravening Firearms Control Act (Detailed information relating to contraventions and what the Firearms Control Act says in relation to contraventions)
Sunday, 16 February 2014 13:36

Guns are 85% more lethal than other suicide means. Be responsible: Hand in your gun during Teen Suicide Prevention Week

Guns are 85% more lethal than any other means used to commit suicide. Gun Free South Africa urges gun owners to be responsible during Teen Suicide Prevention Week (16-22 February 2014) and hand in their guns to the police for destruction. Says Gun Free South Africa’s spokesperson, Adèle Kirsten, “There are different ways to help prevent suicides, but one step is clear; reducing a suicidal person’s access to a lethal weapon helps save lives.”

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