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South Africa. 2015 ‘Firearm Control.’ South Africa Police Service Annual Report 2014/2015, pp. 147-8. Pretoria: South Africa Police Service. 31 August

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The SAPS encourages members of communities, businesses and other stakeholders or entities to practice responsible firearm ownership as firearms in general are a danger to society. During the period under review, a total number of 5,042 legal firearms and 65,152 rounds of ammunition were voluntarily surrendered to the SAPS by legal firearm owners, to be destroyed compared to 4,332 firearms and 81,520 rounds of ammunition in 2013/2014[…]

It remains the priority of the SAPS to ensure that firearms which are voluntarily surrendered to the SAPS by legal firearm owners, confiscated firearms that could not be linked to the owners and those of which the serial numbers were filed off, do not return to the illegal pool for use by criminals. The SAPS' National Supply Chain Management is a central point where all identified, ballistic-tested firearms from all provinces are handed over for destruction. The details of these firearms are published in the Government Gazette and those of heritage value, are handed over to the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA) as they are of historic value.

During 2014/2015 a total of 9,477 firearms were destroyed, compared to 42,729 in 2013/2014.

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