South Africa: Government to improve firearms registry

Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) welcomes a new government strategy to deal with challenges facing the South African firearms registry, launched in Pretoria on 2 November.

The strategy includes an investigation into corruption and a 9 month deadline on resolving backlogs in processing licence applications. In a press release, GFSA called for a commitment to transparency and the provision of disaggregated data on firearms to civil society and research bodies. They also stressed the need to adhere to the Firearms Control Act and said “Pressure to deal with this licensing backlog should not mean that the legal requirements of the Act are in any way watered down”. More