Caracas’s Gun shops were closed permanently on Friday morning in the aftermath of Hugo Chavez’s government’s decision to ban the sale of guns and ammunition. This comes after Venezuela in 2010 had one of the highest murder rates in the world.
Venezuela’s gun ban comes on the heels of a new governmental anti-crime commission which is looking at other methods to curtail violence. One of these proposals is a weapons exchange program in which the government would give money in return for firearms.
But members of the opposition believe this policy rewards the criminals
Previously, anyone with a permit could purchase a firearm from any vendor but now only the police, military, and security firms will be able to purchase ammunition from only governmental manufactures or importers.
Although the gun ban came into effect June 1st, it will still take a month before the anti-crime commission gives its final recommendation.