Venezuela signs gun control bill


Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro signed a gun control bill into law in a bid to rein in the country’s runaway violent crime.

“I hereby sign into law this gun control law, for peace in our nation,” Maduro said on Friday in an address in Vargas state. 

The bill will allow sentences of up to 20 years in prison for any civilian convicted of illegally carrying or selling a firearm.

It also restricts the sale of ammunition to civilians, and bans weapons from being shown in public places.

“Any arm that is confiscated will be destroyed immediately … the sales of weapons and ammunition also ends,” said National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello.

There are some exceptions: people are allowed to use weapons to protect their property and themselves when in danger, and security personnel can use them when transporting valuable items.

The bill was promoted by late president Hugo Chavez, a leftist-populist in power since 1999 who died on March 5.

The ruling socialist party, or PSUV, and two opposition parties approved the bill.

In the first quarter of 2013, there were 3,400 murders. That followed another year of bloodletting that saw about 16,000 homicides nationwide in 2012, according to government data.

There were 15 million firearms – legal and illegal – in a country of 29 million in 2009.

7 thoughts on “Venezuela signs gun control bill

  1. And how are they supposed to keep themselves safe if they can’t carry or buy ammunition?

    The police and military will of course have free access to weapons and ammunition and will be just fine with carrying them on and off duty showing yet another double standard that will result in innocent deaths to bolster the call for bigger budgets for more police “for safety” of course.

    This comedy would be funny were it not so transparently wicked.

  2. Where is the ZERO TOLERANCE of the “authorities and officials”?!
    Lies leading to war and war crimes, innumerable crimes, post-office-bribery disguised as super high speaking fees …… the CRIMINALS are in charge.

  3. There was a video clip last week on FTT of a car-jacking in Venezuela where the owner of the vehicle was able to shoot the offender, and he didn’t get up. How would he have defended himself with ammo being restricted, and guns not allowed in public places? If they thought they have a lot of gun
    deaths before this goes into effect, just wait till the good guys can’t defend themselves against the bad guys, cops and military included. Can you say “Chicago” or “New York City”?? How are those gun laws working out, Blooming Idiot or Slam Bam Rammer??

  4. My initial response wants to say IDIOT, but Ol Nick has got plans…He ain’t doing this for his health!

  5. 20 years in prison for carrying a gun. Oh brother…

    Well, it looks the elite have that country under control (gun control) now that Hugo Chavez died of cancer (or was murdered by CIA, whichever how you put it)

    Another country bites the dust. That leaves North Korea, Iran, Syria, China, Russia and basically the U.S.A. left to conquer. The elite must be hanged or burned to the stake. That’s all there is to it.

  6. Venezuela is controlled by Geo. Soros oil & corruption $’s. He tried the same thing in the US by buying up gun & ammo manufacturers before he was stopped! Continue to EXPOSE & fight for liberty & freedom

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