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Chetty, Robert (ed.). 2000 ‘Legal Firearm Distribution in South Africa.’ Firearm Use and Distribution in South Africa; Table 15, pp. 28-29. Pretoria: The National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) Firearm Programme. 1 February

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Recent figures supplied by the Central Firearm Registry [CFR] indicate that in South Africa, there are 4,544,705 registered firearms. Just over 3.5 million of these are registered to private individuals. This is a ratio of 106 firearms for every 1,000 persons.(9) The table below provides a breakdown of the numbers of firearms registered to the different users by type of firearm:

Table 15: Firearm Registrations: Type of Firearm and Type of Licensee

Type of Firearm: Individuals - Institutions - Firearm Dealers - Manufacturers - Government Departments - Total per type of arm

Pistols: 1,389,981 - 38,901 - 259,840 - 8,142 - 245,686 - 1,942,550
Rifles: 1,048,889 - 7,254 - 92,043 - 937 - 137,505 - 1,286,628
Revolvers: 747,243 - 26,384 - 25,150 - 0 - 43,093 - 841,870
Shotguns: 349,500 - 23,133 - 19,750 - 1,021 - 60,082 - 453,486
Combinations: 18,706 - 49 - 361 - 0 - 731 - 19,847
Light Machine Guns: 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 178 - 179
Carbines: 15 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 63 - 80
Humane Killers: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 - 47 - 48
Homemade Firearms: 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 13 - 13
Pen Flair: 1 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 1 - 2
Machine Guns: 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 2 - 2

TOTAL PER LICENSEE: 3,554,336 - 95,722 - 397,146 - 10,100 - 487,401 - 4,544,705

Source: SAPS Central Firearm Registry(10)

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9) Based on the 1999 estimated mid-year national population figure of 43 056 100.

10) CFR figure on 21 July 1999

ID: Q8778

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