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Molomo, Mpho G., Bertha Osei-Hwedie, David Sebudubudu, Ian Taylor and Shelly Whitman. 2004 ‘Firearm Amnesty and Destruction.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, p. 37. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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In 1981 the police declared a firearm amnesty during which 304 firearms were surrendered to the police because they were old or unserviceable or because their owners wanted new firearms. Other arms surrendered, included 754 shotguns, 546 rifles, two handguns and two stunner pistols.

Unserviceable firearms are disposed of. Permission has to be sought from the Selective Tender Board and these weapons are sold to companies, approved by the government, which destroy the weapons. The armed forces are mandated, within established guidelines, to destroy expired ammunition.

The police also destroy redundant firearms, both those surrendered to them by the public and those confiscated. The machine used to do this, a McIntyre 4000 donated by the British government in 2002, has to date cut into pieces 77 of the 3,213 weapons collected for destruction. The pieces are then melted down.

Of the 3,213 firearms, 1,937 were shotguns, 1,248 rifles, 17 handguns and 11 pellet guns…

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