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Gun Owners SA wants to manage firearms registry in the face of cop killings

Nearly sixty officers have been killed since the start of the year.

This has led to questions about how the firearms in the country are managed and whether in fact gun-ownership by civilians should be banned.

Gun Owners South Africa (Gosa) has expressed its interest in helping the police and government rid the streets of unlicensed firearms.

The organisation wants to streamline the process of dealing with lawful firearm owners by reducing the burden on the authorities to manage the firearms registry.

Stephen Grootes spoke with Adele Kirsten, Spokesperson for Gun Free SA, who says that evidence shows that strengthening gun laws and limiting possession has a positive impact on reducing gun violence.

Handguns are the preferred mechanisms of choice for criminals. They are concealable and fairly durable. In close to 85% of armed robberies, a firearm is used and recent research shows that there is an intimate link between criminal attitudes and both legal and illegal firearms.

Adele Kirsten, Spokesperson for Gun Free SA

On the other hand, Spokesperson for Gosa John Welch, says that tighter regulation on guns will not have any impact on crime.

We don't believe it will reduce crime. It will only create easy targets and victims. The police service is incapable of enforcing laws and protecting the public. Their average response time is unacceptable. We can't disarm ordinary civilians. It will be a sad day for the country if we ban firearms.

John Welch, Spokesperson for Gosa

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report:

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