Take Action

Module 1: Gun Control In SA


What you can do:

Voice your support for a gun-free South Africa

Your voice can 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 country free from gun violence — reach out to your wider community by writing letters to your local newspaper, phoning your local radio station, tweeting or blogging.

Monitor and respond to government actions

Praise the police for gun recovery and destruction campaigns but be critical when you hear cases where the law hasn’t been implemented, resulting in unfit people being granted gun licences.

Reach out to your community

Use this Toolkit to find out how you can take action against gun violence in your family, circle of friends or community.

Find out the facts

Get the facts — read the news and follow Gun Free South Africa on social media for news and information about gun violence and how to prevent it.

What your government can do:

Ensure that investigations are undertaken and resourced

Comply with international obligations to regulate firearms and ammunition, including securing stockpiles to stop loss and theft — from the police, the military and civilians.

Regular amnesty and public gun destruction campaigns

Hold regular no-questions-asked amnesty and public gun destruction campaigns.

Provide accurate crime statistics

Provide accurate crime statistics with detailed information on guns used in crime. This will help monitor the impact of gun control policy and enforcement, highlight successes and challenges, and identify areas requiring urgent attention.

Audit all licences, permits and authorisations

Enforce the law, which will help reduce the risk of gun violence.

Strengthen licence renewal laws

Bring the Firearms Control Amendment Bill to Parliament to close loopholes and strengthen the law regulating who can own what gun for which purpose.

Module 2: The Role of Policy



If you are over 18, you can participate in Parliament by simply voting in the elections for a political party that has policies you want to support.

Keep yourself informed

You can stay tuned in to what is happening in Parliament by following the parliamentary radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, business and educational publications, newsletters, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Parliamentary Monitoring Group (www.pmg.org.za) is another good source of information.

Take part

Look out for public participation activities such as the People’s Assembly (www.pa.org.za), the Taking Parliament to the People programme
(www.parliament.gov.za), the Women’s Parliament and the Youth Parliament, as well as public hearings and outreach programmes.

Be vocal

Make submissions, representations and/or petition Parliament. Contact the Members of Parliament (MPs) if you want to make sure that the law works in the best interest of you and your community.

Module 3: Men and Guns


Break down steroetypes

Challenge male stereotypes by celebrating men who express their feelings, respect women and deal with conflict in a non-aggressive way.

Highlight the risks

Challenge the myth that guns are effective for self-defence by highlighting the risks of gun ownership.

Create mens groups

Create men’s groups that allow men to speak openly about their feelings and frustrations and discuss what it means to be a man in South Africa today.

Explore alternative safety methods

Explore alternative ways to keep you and your family safe from violence. Organise community policing forums and motivate for interventions to make your neighbourhood safer e.g. more lighting or community patrols.

Support anti gun campaigns

Support campaigns aimed at reducing gun violence, in particular gun amnesty and public gun-destruction campaigns. Encourage anyone in your life who owns a gun to hand it in to the police.

Module 4: Youth and Guns


Get involved

Get involved with sports, youth clubs, or volunteer activities to develop skills, interests, and connections with peers and adults who make good choices, such as choosing to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and staying in school.

Be aware of gun promotion

Be aware of the effects of toy guns, and television programmes, movies, music, and video games that promote violence, and consider non-violent alternatives.

Start youth violence prevention programmes

Get involved in or start a youth violence-prevention programme in school or in the community. This would involve learning important skills like conflict resolution.

Seek help

If you or someone close to you has been a victim of gun violence or witness to gun violence, it is advisable to seek help. Start by finding out which organisations in your area offer support, and if there are none, take action to introduce this important service in your community.

Campaign for Gun Free Zones

If you belong to a youth or community group, campaign for Gun Free Zones especially in areas that are frequented by children and young people.

Module 5: Women and Guns


Know the law, use the law, save a life

If you or someone you know is in a relationship where there is a risk of violence, take action to have the gun removed immediately by the police or the magistrate's court.

Don’t turn a blind eye to gender based violence

Offer support and seek help from an organisation near you.

Stand up to men who are being abusive

We all need to say no when men are verbally, emotionally or physically abusive to their female partners. We need to spread the message that violence against women is unacceptable.

Support the international #GunFreeValentine campaign

This runs from 14 February until 8 March (International Women’s Day) and aims to alert women to the risks of a gun in the home and how the law can be used to remove guns from the home.

Module 6: Gun Free Zones


Support gun free zones

Let the owners/managers of Gun Free Zones in your community know that you support this move and that you feel safer in that space.

Start a conversation

Start a conversation with your community group, religious group or with your work colleagues about creating a Gun Free Zone.

Ask for help

Ask for help in setting up Gun Free Zones in your community — contact Gun Free South Africa for training support and materials.

Find out about other gun free zones

Find out about other Gun Free Zones in your area and speak to those involved to get guidance and ideas.

Our Donors

This publication was made possible with the support of the DG Murray Trust and the Raith Foundation.


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