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Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:27

Welcome ANC call for stricter gun laws to reduce gun violence

Gun Free SA welcomes the ANC’s call this morning to “review existing gun control measures with a view to limiting access to guns that end [up] in the wrong hands,” and reducing the number of illegal guns on South African streets.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 13:28

Police Act key to ensuring cops firearm fit

Gun Free SA calls for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Act to include a consolidated section dealing specifically with police and firearms in response to the Police Minister’s disclosure that a quarter of the police officers required to carry a firearm are not competent to do so. In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Mr Nhleko reported that by 14 July 2014, 39,333 of 155,534 SAPS members (25%) required to carry a firearm did not have the competency to do so.

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.

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