DURBAN - Thousands of firearms and rounds of ammunition had been handed in at designated police stations as the first month of the firearms amnesty drew to a close, police said.
"As firearms are the instruments commonly used in the commission of crime, especially violent crimes, it is very encouraging that people have taken advantage of this amnesty period and handed in 1465 guns and 14 861 rounds of ammunition," said Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo on Tuesday.
Surrendered firearms included 1248 handguns, 75 shotguns and 142 rifles.
Naidoo said that while the majority of the firearms had been handed in for destruction, police had also received applications for the relicensing of 264 firearms that had their licences terminated in terms of Section 28 of the Firearm Control Act, and for 247 handguns (revolvers and pistols), eight shotguns and nine rifles.
The firearm amnesty started on December 1 and ends on May 31, 2020.