n Institute for Security Studies Papers - Simpler, better, faster : review of the 2005 firearms amnesty

Volume 2007, Issue 134
  • ISSN : 1026-0404



Firearm amnesties are seen as one of the tools available to governments to control both legal and illegal stocks of guns, and have been used around the world for this purpose. However, several factors such as the conditions of the amnesty, timing and duration, as well as the socio-political context, can either contribute to or hinder the success of an amnesty. This paper provides an in depth analysis not just of the results but more importantly the factors that contributed to making the SAPS 2005 firearms amnesty a success.

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