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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 […]

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 […]

2710, 2022

BRIEFING 3 of 2022: Using the principle of limits to stop SA’s gun violence epidemic

27 October 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

The latest quarterly crime statistics confirm the gun violence epidemic in South Africa: 30 people were murdered with a gun every day between 1 April and 30 June 2022, up from 23 a day in 2019/20. Briefing 3 summarises the latest statistics on gun violence in South Africa, as well as studies that offer solutions to our gun violence epidemic.

1506, 2022

BRIEFING 2 of 2022: Gun control, self-defence and public safety

15 June 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

Crime statistics for January to March 2022 confirm that violent crime in South Africa continues to rise.

In this context of high levels of crime, a weak criminal justice system, proposed amendments to tighten gun controls (including banning guns for self-defence), as well as forceful marketing by the firearms industry that guns are effective for self-defence, we can expect gun sales […]

3003, 2022

BRIEFING 1 of 2022: Femicide in South Africa over 18 years

30 March 2022|Gun Policy Briefs|

Femicide – the murder of women and girls – is the most extreme form of violence, and shows a country’s magnitude of violence against women.

South Africa’s third national femicide study looks at how femicide has changed over an 18 year period, comparing data from 1999, 2009 and 2017.

The findings of the Medical Research Council’s 2017 femicide study include that:

  • While SA’s […]
812, 2021

BRIEFING 4 of 2021: A snapshot of injury-related death in SA in 2017

8 December 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

Briefing 4 summarises South Africa’s 2nd injury mortality survey which analyses 2017 mortuary data.  The survey gives a snapshot of who, how, where and when people died including detailed information on the weapon used in murder or suicide.

The main findings of the 2017 injury mortality survey include that:

‒             More people were murdered than died […]