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Cabinet backs plans to change gun control legislation

Minister Jeff Radebe says the proposed changes are part of government's approach to fighting crime.

FILE: Minister Jeff Radebe says the proposed changes to gun control legislation are part of government's approach to fighting crime. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Cabinet has approved proposed changes to gun control legislation which will be released for public comment.

During a post-cabinet briefing today, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the Firearms Control Amendment Bill seeks to tighten gun control laws.

He said it was part of government's approach to fighting crime.

"The minister of Police will be making a special briefing, so all the details of the firearms will be there but the main objective is to ensure that we reduce the ownership of arms in South Africa."

In October last year, the African National Congress (ANC) called for a review of gun control laws, saying the increasing number of illegal guns was fuelling crime.