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Matzopoulos, Richard G., Mary Lou Thompson, and Jonathan E. Myers. 2014 ‘Firearms Destruction.’ Firearm and Nonfirearm Homicide in 5 South African Cities: A Retrospective Population-Based Study; Vol. 104 (No. 3), pp. 455. Cape Town: The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). 1 March

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Firearms Destruction

The stricter licensing conditions under the Firearms Control Act No. 60 of 2000 were part of a broader strategy to reduce the number of guns in circulation, and there was a firearm-access gradient between the FCA being passed in 2000 and its full implementation in 2004.

The period was characterized by firearm amnesties and hand-ins, in which legal and illegal guns were recovered by the authorities, more rigorous application of existing licensing conditions, and the destruction of surplus and illegal weapons.

The South African Defense Force destroyed an estimated 270,000 weapons between January 1998 and May 2001, and the police destroyed 30,000 in 2001.(9)

[FCA = Firearms Control Act]


9) Meek S, Stott N. Destroying Surplus Weapons: An Assessment of Experience in South Africa and Lesotho.: Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research; 2003.

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