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Chetty, Robert (ed.). 2000 ‘Firearm Recoveries by the SAPS.’ Firearm Use and Distribution in South Africa; Table 22, p. 38. Pretoria: The National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) Firearm Programme. 1 February

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The Illegal Firearms Units of the South African Police Service [SAPS] has seized a sizeable number of firearms over the last few years. The table below provides a breakdown of Illegal Firearms Unit seizures by year and type of firearm:

Table 22: Firearms Seized by the SAPS (1994 - 1998)

Type of Firearm Seized: 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - Total 1994 to 1998
Rifles: 3,888 - 3,535 - 3,244 - 2,680 - 2,833 - 16,180
Pistols (Incl. Mach. Pistols): 5,407 - 7,289 - 9,292 - 7,064 - 11,521 - 40,573
Revolvers: 2,370 - 2,842 - 2,812 - 2,272 - 3,282 - 13,578
Homemade firearms: 3,124 - 2,624 - 2,806 - 2,954 - 3,066 - 14,574

Total: 14,789 - 16,290 - 18,154 - 14,970 - 20,702 - 84,905

Source: South African Police Services, Illegal Firearm Investigation Unit

These figures include licenced and illegal firearms confiscated by the SAPS as well as firearms used in crime. A total of 84,905 firearms of all types were seized from 1994 to 1998…

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