Firearms Act saved '4,000 lives'

A research report claims 4,000 lives were saved by the Firearms Control Act between 2001 and 2005.

A research report claims 4,000 lives were saved by the Firearms Control Act between 2001 and 2005.

CAPE TOWN - New research has emerged that suggests South Africa's Firearms Control Act may have saved thousands of lives.

The paper, presented by UCT's Doctor Richard Matzopoulos, claims that statistics suggest more than 4,500 lives were saved in five South African cities between 2001 and 2005 because of the law.

This study was presented at a conference hosted by the Oxford University over the weekend.

The Act sets out strict guidelines for firearm ownership.

Gun Free South Africa's Claire Taylor said: "This was only between 2001 and 2005, but the Act was implemented much longer than that, so thousands more lives were saved."

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