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Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. 2004 ‘Number of Firearms Recovered - Zimbabwe.’ Hide and Seek: Taking Account of Small Arms in Southern Africa, pp. 314-15. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies. 1 October

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From January to November 2003, 200 illegal firearms were recovered, including Uzis, CZ pistols, .303 rifles, AK-47s and other automatic rifles…

On 29 November 2003 The Herald reported that Zimbabwe Police had begun a national firearm audit,

"with a view to establishing the number of weapons held by the public."(49)

The report urged licenced firearm owners to take their firearms to their nearest police station to show the police their weapon and licence:

"In Zimbabwe, people holding firearms illegally or legally have become so many that working as a policeman has become a dangerous undertaking as police officers now live in fear of being shot at in the course of duty."(50)

The report revealed that the police were concerned about the number of licenced firearm owners who had not received training in the use of a firearm and they said that:

"…the condition of gun ownership should be a required demonstration by written and practical testing, of safe use. Any violent or reckless use or display of firearms should automatically lead to the withdrawal of the weapon and conviction."(51)


49) "Tighten Control of Access to Firearms", The Herald, Zimbabwe, 29 November 2003.

50) Ibid.

51) Ibid.

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