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Karp, Aaron. 2008 ‘The Meaning of Loss: Firearms diversion in South Africa.’ Small Arms Survey 2008: Risk and Resilience, p. 187. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 14 July

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Civilian firearm diversion and armed violence

In an independent 2003 study, gun dealers and gun shop owners confirmed a noticeable decline in completed gun sales due to the introduction of more lengthy and stringent licensing procedures by the SAPS (Gould and Lamb, 2004, pp. 212-27).

The reduction in licence approvals appeared to track a dramatic reduction in the number of licensed gun dealers in South Africa. Of the 720 licensed gun dealers in the country in 2000, 'no more than 50' remained in 2006, a reduction of almost 90 per cent (Soutar, 2006).

This reduction was the result of the new licensing criteria for dealers, increased annual fees, and on-site safety requirements that many dealers were not prepared to adopt, as well as the decrease in demand for the new firearms as a result of more stringent requirements for civilian owners and the limits on the number of guns that can now be owned under the new FCA.

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