South Africa: Over 32,000 guns collected during amnesty

Some 32,169 guns are no longer in circulation thanks to the joint efforts of South Africa’s police and citizens during the nationwide Firearms Amnesty, which ended on 11 April. Of the total guns recovered, 53% were voluntary surrendered and 21% were confiscated by police in roadblock, search and seizure operations. 27% of the weapons were illegal. Pamela Crowsley from Gun-Free South Africa said: “we are very happy with the amount of firearms that were retrieved and also with the processes that the amnesty triggered. Police have been actively working with local organisations, creating better communication and a sense of trust. The public learnt about the firearms law and lots of public discussions about the dangers of gun ownership were held.” More.