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South Africa

12 July 1999

South African Press Assocation / SAPA

The government on Monday defended moves to restrict all gun ownership, saying this was vital to cut down the number of illegal firearms in circulation. Most illegal guns were lost by or stolen from their legal owners, the Department of Safety and Security said in a statement. "It is not possible to make a difference to the availability of illegal guns without strict controls on legal guns and their owners." The department confirmed that a new Firearms and Ammunition... (

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