Help Silence the Guns in South Africa

Gun violence in South Africa is an epidemic: 23 people are shot and killed every day. We need your voice to help stop this violence by making a written submission on the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill.


1702 people – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters – will be shot and killed while the Bill is open for comment

As of 2 August 2021: 1 702 deaths100%


What is the Bill?

The Draft Bill was published by the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service on 21 May 2021 for public comment. It is available here

The purpose of the Bill is to strengthen gun control and to reduce the circulation of guns in our country thereby saving lives. It is a long document and includes almost 100 proposed changes to the existing law, the Firearms Control Act of 2000. The proposed changes do a number of things: They align SA’s gun law with international firearms protocols, they are based on scientific evidence that reduced access to guns reduces gun violence and they close loopholes in the law that have been used to accumulate guns.

Who will the Bill affect?

The Bill will affect all of us. It will affect police officers making sure that they are held accountable for the loss and theft of their guns and guns in their care. It will affect women in abusive relationships by giving them an opportunity to ensure that their abusive partner is not successful in getting a gun licence or having a gun removed immediately if he already owns one.

It will affect gun owners by limiting the number of guns and the amount of ammunition they can own for hunting and sports-shooting. It will make all of us safer by prohibiting a gun licence for self-defence, a move based on evidence showing that a gun in the home is not effective for self-defence but rather increases the risk for gun violence in the home.

“ Getting rid of guns in our homes and off our streets will make our children safer,” says Yolande Baker, GFSA Chairperson and Director of Childsafe.

GFSA has developed a short analysis of the key changes to the law using 6 themes, click here for a copy.

What can you do?

  • You can make a written submission using this guide.
  • You can sign the submission template.
  • You can spread the word in your community and among your friends and colleagues encouraging as many people as possible to support the strengthening of gun control.
  • Follow us on social media with the #Hashtags: #SilencingtheGuns #StrongGunLawsSaveLives #YourVoiceCanStopABullet

Please send your submission directly to the Civilian Secretariat for Police Services, email by 2 August 2021. Please also send GFSA a copy of any submissions that you make, email

Useful documents

Summary of the Draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill

Guide to Written Submissions

Sign the Submissions Template

Thank you for using your voice to silence the guns in South Africa.

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