South Africa: Voluntary gun amnesty begins

South Africa has begun a nationwide amnesty for gun owners in an attempt to reduce armed violence in the country. From 11 January to 11 April 2010 anyone in possession of guns and ammunition will be able to hand them in at police stations. Several IANSA members have joined a team that will track the progress of the amnesty and assist in ensuring transparency and accountability. Natalie Jaynes from Gun Free South Africa reports that campaigners are delighted to hear the Minister of Police saying that the government's vision is a South Africa free from guns, where only law enforcement officials carry arms. On 15 January, South African Police destroyed over 80,000 arms.