Brief 2 0f 2018: Cape Town proves strong gun laws save lives, lax enforcement kills, illegally supplied guns more dangerous in short term
- May 2018
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Over the years we have consistently raised concern that poor enforcement of the Firearms Control Act (2000) has led to thousands of people being shot and killed. Published research from South Africa now proves this link.
In sum, the researchers show that known breakdowns in the enforcement of the Firearms Control Act by the police whereby guns leaked onto the Cape Flats has resulted in Cape Flats communities being shot and killed at a much higher rate than other Cape Town communities.
Briefing 2 has been developed in support of the IANSA Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (7-14 May 2018). The theme for this year’s campaign is: “End the Crisis of Gun Violence”. South Africa’s own experience shows that strong gun laws save lives, lax enforcement kills, and that illegally channelled guns kill more people in the short term. We have a world class gun law, which, as this Briefing shows, has saved thousands of lives; if it’s properly enforced it has the potential to end the crisis of gun violence sweeping across South Africa and save thousands more.