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2310, 2023

BRIEFING 2 of 2023: Functional Central Firearms Registry key to dealing with illegal guns in SA

23 October 2023|Gun Policy Briefs|

South Africa’s Central Firearms Registry (CFR) has the potential to be a powerful crime-fighting tool: If effectively managed – in line with SA’s legal and political obligations – it would help stop legal guns leaking into criminal hands.

However, SAPS sees the CFR as an administrative function, and has repeatedly squandered opportunities to address historic, systemic and persistent dysfunction.

Should the CFR […]

1107, 2023

STATEMENT Underperformance and corruption at Central Firearms Registry fuels gun violence epidemic in SA

11 July 2023|Media Releases|

Cape Town, 11 July 2023: Against the backdrop of a protracted policing crisis around effectiveness and leadership, allegations of underperformance and corruption have for years dogged the Central Firearms Registry (CFR), the police unit responsible for firearms management, including firearm-related recordkeeping.  Globally accurate and efficient recordkeeping, which tracks firearms from cradle to grave, is recognised as a cornerstone to effectively […]

3105, 2023

STATEMENT: Crime stats – Deeply concerned by increase in gun-related crime, lack of attention to gun violence epidemic

31 May 2023|Media Releases|

The latest crime stats presented by SAPS to parliament  show that gun-related crime has significantly increased e.g. gun-related murders have increased a staggering 35% from 23 people shot and killed a day in 2021-22 to 31 people a day in 2022-2023. GFSA was present during the presentation and deliberation by parliament and is deeply concerned by the lack of engagement […]

1904, 2023

BRIEFING 1 of 2023: Class action aims for police accountability in firearms management

19 April 2023|Gun Policy Briefs|

In February 2023 GFSA gave official notice that class action proceedings were to be instituted on behalf of affected families to hold the police accountable for deaths and injuries resulting from failed police-controlled firearms management systems.

This Briefing provides additional information on the class action, the ineffectuality of institutions to hold the police accountable, and the implications of this for firearms […]