n Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - 'Of guns and laws' : a South African perspective in light of United Kingdom and United States gun laws

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The purpose of this paper is to examine the challenges the South African government will face implementing the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 in light of the existing gun culture in South Africa. The paper begins with a description of the prior firearms control regime and the promulgation of the new law. It compares the mechanisms for gun control provided in the predecessor statute - the Arms and Ammunition Act 75 of 1969 - to the current mechanisms, critically analyzing whether the new legislation corrects the problems of the old. The paper then compares how the United Kingdom and the United States, two jurisdictions with similar gun cultures, handle arms control and what lessons South Africa can gain in order to foster future law reform efforts.

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