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812, 2021

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

8 Dec 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 […]

612, 2021

16 Days of Activism: Disarm gender-based violence

6 Dec 2021|Media Releases|

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the Global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

Despite three decades of ardent campaigns to end gender-based violence (GBV), hundreds of millions of women and girls continue to be abused, deprived of their human rights and […]

2611, 2021

STATEMENT: Delaying Firearms Control Amendment Bill is right thing to do

26 Nov 2021|Media Releases|

GFSA welcomes yesterday’s decision by the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police to delay tabling amendments to the Firearms Control Act.

Says Adèle Kirsten, GFSA’s Director, “Yesterday’s decision is not a sign that parliament is opposed to strengthening the Firearms Control Act. Instead it ensures that the best possible version of the Bill comes to parliament, and was the right thing to […]

1711, 2021

STATEMENT: Response to video of armed man shot in head by cop at hotel

17 Nov 2021|Media Releases|

During the recent public debate on proposed amendments to the Firearms Control Act, a
common theme was how effective guns are for self-defence. Despite the evidence that guns are not the
solution, and rather pose a risk for injury and death, the myth persisted through anecdotal evidence. This
terrible incident, leaving all the people involved traumatised, and one man fighting for his life, […]

1411, 2021

BRIEFING 3 of 2021: The illegal firearms trade in South Africa

14 Nov 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

In May 2021 the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service published a draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill. With almost 100 proposed amendments, a key focus of the Bill is to control legal firearms and ammunition more effectively. This Briefing explores whether that approach will have an impact on the illegal firearms trade in South Africa, and is based on a recently […]

2605, 2021

STATEMENT: Welcome Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill

26 May 2021|Media Releases|

Gun violence in South Africa has reached epidemic proportions: Nationally, guns have overtaken knives as the weapon most used in murders , while in Gauteng more people are shot and killed than die in traffic accidents. Within this context, we welcome the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill, and in partocular support:

  1. The alignment of the Firearms Control Act with global […]
1105, 2021

BRIEFING 2 of 2021: SA’s Central Firearms Register – The collapsing cornerstone of gun control

11 May 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

On 14 and 15 May the Portfolio Committee on Police is conducting an oversight visit in Gauteng, where members will visit the Central Firearms Registry (CFR) in Pretoria. Briefing 2 has been developed in preparation for this oversight visit to highlight that problems in the functioning of the CFR identified in 2010 have still not been dealt with eleven years […]

1402, 2021

BRIEFING 1 of 2021: The firearms amnesty has ended, does SAPS know where the guns are?

14 Feb 2021|Gun Policy Briefs|

Three days before the 2020-21 national firearms amnesty ended, the SAPS reported that just 40,729 firearms had been handed in, either for destruction or by gun owners with expired licences applying for new licences. Assuming that all the firearms handed in had expired licences, this is only 9% of the 450,000+ firearms which the Supreme Court of Appeal estimated were […]

2601, 2021

STATEMENT: National Firearms Amnesty ends 31 January – Police and gun owners failure to act risks safety of SA

26 Jan 2021|Media Releases|

The safety of all who live in South Africa will continue to be at risk of gun violence because neither the police nor gun owners have acted expediently on the national firearms amnesty, which ends on 31 January. The police have done very little to publicise and encourage the public to take advantage of the 6-month amnesty, which started on […]

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