Leave the Guns at Home

Could gun-carrying bans stem the scourge of gun violence in Latin America?
 
In 2012 Colombia tried it out, enacting permanent gun-carrying bans in Bogotá and Medellín. Gun-related mortality fell by a fifth in both cities—twice as much as cities with no bans in place, found a new analysis from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
 
The ban was on carrying guns—not possessing them, so the benefits were felt more in public areas than in private residences.
 
But the policy did lead to a 6% drop in residential mortality among females, suggesting it made an impact on domestic violence.
 
Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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