Survive an incident of gun violence

Whether you’ve been shot or threatened by a gun, whether you’ve witnessed gun violence, or know someone who’s been killed, injured or threatened by a gun – you’re a survivor of gun violence. This page is for you – to help and support you. 

Use your voice to stop a bullet

Don’t let the tiny minority of gun owners in South Africa dominate the gun control debate; raise your voice in support of a South Africa free from gun violence.

Make your space a gun-free zone

You can take action against gun violence by declaring your space – your home, your place of work, worship or study, even your car – a Gun Free Zone (GFZ).  Read below for more information on how to establish GFZs, or islands of safety in a sea of guns.

Stop a gun-related suicide

Reducing access to lethal means is an effective way to increase the odds that a suicide attempt will end in care, not in death.

Remove a gun in a case of domestic violence

Any woman who lives in fear of a gun in her home can ask the magistrates court or the police to remove the gun immediately. See downloads below for more information.

Get a gun removed from someone who is dangerous

If someone you know has a gun and you think that they (or the gun) are dangerous, you can ask the police to remove the gun.  The police can use the Firearms Control Act (and sometimes the Domestic Violence Act) to remove the gun. See the downloads below for more information.

Hand in a legal gun to be destroyed

If you have a firearm that you want to get rid of you can either sell it or have it destroyed – you are not allowed to destroy it yourself. The only way you can legally sell a gun is to either sell it to a gun dealer or sell it privately, but you may not hand it to a new owner until that person has a licence for the weapon in question.

Latest News

With elections fast approaching, specific strategies can reduce high levels of violence associated with political contestation, 25 October 2018. Speakers at a workshop hosted by leading civil

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The latest national crime statistics show that guns are overwhelmingly the weapon of choice to kill, injure, threaten and intimidate: A shocking 41.3% of murders and 59.5% of aggravated robberies

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Gun Free South Africa welcomes Police Minister Bheki Cele’s announcement to parliament of his intention to declare a 6-month national firearms amnesty under Section 139 of the Firearms Control

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