Implementation of the firearms control policy in the management of firearms of deceased persons

Mabule, Lucky Joseph
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This study is about the challenges inherent in the implementation of the firearms control policy in the management and control of Estate Firearms. The interest in the phenomenon emerged in the midst of the recently developed new Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No. 60 of 2000). Amongst other things, this policy sought to facilitate the prevention of the proliferation of firearms that in most instances eventually become available for the commission of violent crimes. Despite this development, a gap has been identified that firearms owned and left by deceased persons are not properly managed and controlled. In order to unravel the challenges the South African Police Service is confronted with in implementing the firearms control policy the study resorted to using the qualitative. An interpretive approach blended with descriptive study was used in order to generate deeper understanding of issues investigated. The research environments were the South African Police Service, the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Justice & Constitutional Development within the Master of the High Court: South Gauteng. The research established that although some measures were put in place to implement the firearms control policy, there still are many challenges such as: monitoring and evaluation, poor management of systems, insufficient outreach and awareness rousing and the lack of enforcement by all the role players as identified in the study. A Inter-Agency Co-creation Model is also proposed as a means to consolidate suggestions that were presented by respondents. Further research is recommended into: • A quantitative study be done on the same topic. • The management of the EFRS and its impact on the implementation of the Firearms Control Policy.
Thesis (M.M. (Security))--University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management, Graduate School of Public and Development Management, 2013.
Firearms, Gun control, South Africa