Surrender unlicensed firearms, or face the consequences

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged gun owners to take advantage of government’s firearms amnesty programme and surrender unwanted weapons before May this year.

The minister urged gun owners to turn the tide against crime alongside SAPS and take advantage of the amnesty period.

“When the amnesty period lapses in May, rest assured the law will be tough on those who persist on carrying guns that are not licensed,” he said.

Cele said since the amnesty began in December 2019, a total of 2 266 firearms have been surrendered to police stations across the country. A total of 31 382 rounds of ammunition is now in police hands.

This, he said, is a clear indication that South Africans are heeding the call to take part in the amnesty and get illegal and unwanted firearms off the streets. Cele said a detective investigative team has been established to investigate cases of firearms linked to crimes.

“When the amnesty period ends, firearms will be audited for the purpose of destruction. While we as the SAPS are encouraged by these growing numbers, I am still calling on maximum participation.”

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