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News and Updates2021-09-17T13:16:06+02:00
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 […]

2511, 2020

STATEMENT: Call for release of Marikana Panel of Experts report

25 Nov 2020|Media Releases|

More than 20 civil society organisations fighting for social justice, supported by the Marikana Commission Chairperson Judge Ian Farlam, state that meaningful engagement with the new draft SAPS Bill is being undermined due to the 2018 report of the Panel of Experts on Policing being kept secret. The organisations and individuals note with serious concern that, almost two and a […]

2511, 2020

BRIEFING 3 of 2020: QUICK FACTS – Guns and violence in SA

25 Nov 2020|Gun Policy Briefs|

The Covid 19 pandemic has made 2020 a year of numbers as we track the number of new infections, hospitalisations, deaths, recoveries.

As such, it seems apt that our third and final Briefing of 2020 is also filled with numbers – quick facts and stats on guns and violence in South Africa.

To reduce gun violence, we need to reduce the easy […]

710, 2020

BRIEFING 2 of 2020: Implications of Supreme Court of Appeal judgement upholding firearm licence renewals

7 Oct 2020|Gun Policy Briefs|

On 23 July 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside an egregious interdict granted by the North Gauteng High Court which disabled South Africa’s firearm licence renewals and termination system. In its ruling the SCA affirmed that gun ownership is not a fundamental right under SA’s Bill of Rights, but a privilege regulated by the Firearms Control Act; […]

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