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The South African Police Service has made it their mission to remove illegal guns from the streets of South Africa and ensured they get appropriately destroyed.


South Africa – Since the start of the year, the SAPS have removed 53,000 illegal guns from the streets. Yesterday they shared video footage of their second melting of the year.

They wait until they have thousands of guns before melting them, and this time they melted down 23,000 illegal guns. This is terrific news for South Africans as it means thousands of guns have been removed from the streets, thus preventing them from ending up in the wrong hands.

According to The South African, legislation states that once a gun has been handed over to the SAPS, it has to be destroyed within six months. That is why the SAPS now hold two mass meltings of illegal guns collected.

“The proliferation of illegal firearms has therefore been dealt a decisive blow as more than half of the destroyed firearms were confiscated by the police during intelligence-driven operations, routine stop and searches, as well as tip-offs from law-abiding citizens of this country.”

“To stamp the authority of the State the police have to continually detect and remove illegal firearms from circulation as they are being used to commit serious and violent crimes. Melting these firearms, therefore, ensures that these firearms will never find their way back in circulation.” – The South African Police Service

The SAPS shared the images and video of their latest melting ceremony on social media, earning high praise from South African citizens.

Sources: Twitter / The South African
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