The SAPS has implemented a firearms amnesty period, which will run until 31 May 2020.

The nationwide campaign is aimed at encouraging people who are illegally in possession of or have unwanted firearms and ammunition to hand them over to police without fear of prosecution.

“People are cautioned that should they be found in possession of the guns by police, as opposed to voluntarily surrendering them, they cannot rely on the amnesty period for exoneration from prosecution”, read the police statement when the period started.

The firearm amnesty period began on 1 December 2019.

Meanwhile, national police say ballistic tests will be done on the unwanted and illegal firearms handed over by the public. About 1500 weapons and more than 14000 ammunitions have been handed over so far since 1 December when the firearm amnesty period started.

These include 1248 handguns, 75 shotguns and 142 rifles handed at various stations countrywide. Spokesperson Vishnu Naidoo says the weapons need to be checked if they have been used to commit crimes before being destroyed.

“We have said from the onset that people handing in illegal and unwanted firearms can do so without the fear of prosecution.  However, we have emphasized that if any of those firearms are found to have been used in the commission of any crimes, then the person handing in the firearm is likely to face prosecution for such a crime”.

“The only part where people will be free of prosecution is if they hand in their firearm and if we find that those firearms have not been used in the commission of a crime”, he said.

 

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