2006-09-28 : Police seize nearly 30,000 guns

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2006-09-28 : Police seize nearly 30,000 guns

Postby GOSA » Tue, 2006-10-10 16:56

Police seize nearly 30,000 guns

Thursday September 28, 2006 06:30 - (SA)

Police seized 29,691 firearms in the last financial year, according to the latest crime statistics.

Of these, 12,351 had been reported lost or stolen (not necessarily in the year under review), the SA Police Service said in its annual report.

It said 14,842 firearms were reported lost of stolen in 2005/2006 - down from 15,837 the previous year - mostly in Gauteng at 5,702, followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 3,133, and Western Cape at 1,488.

There were 63 firearms reported missing from the SAPS and 14 from military agency headquarters.

"Circulating lost, stolen and found firearms play a key role in the investigation of firearm-related crime and, ultimately, the efficient control of firearms," the report noted.

It said 33,823 illegal firearms and 608,794 illegal rounds of ammunition were surrendered to the police under a firearms amnesty from January to the end of June 2005.

There were also 42,095 legal firearms handed in as well as 666,934 rounds of ammunition. In all, 107,468 firearms were destroyed.

Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula - who called the amnesty - revealed on Wednesday that another 5,956 firearms were recovered between June and July this year.

"We also destroyed 23,482 of the firearms we collected," he said at a Cabinet Justice, Crime Prevention and Safety Cluster briefing after the crime statistics were announced.

According to the crime report, police checked 63,734 firearms in crime prevention actions in 2005/2006. They also renewed 209,973 firearm licences and processed 140,491 competency certificates.

The SAPS said 977 institutions - including training providers, shooting ranges, hunting associations and sporting shot organisations - had already been accredited to support the implementation of firearms control legislation.

Of these, 232 were in Gauteng, 138 in Limpopo, 118 each in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, 96 in the Eastern Cape, 93 in North West, 73 in Mpumalanga, 60 in the Free State, and 49 in the Northern Cape.
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