Colombia: Bogota gun ban results in homicide drop

IANSA members in Colombia at the Centro Popular para América Latina de Comunicación (CEPALC) report that Bogota's mayor has applauded the city's gun ban after street murders with weapons fell 18% in the last three months.The figures "reaffirm the purpose" of Bogota's ban on guns, launched in February 2012 for three months, and extended on Monday for another three-month period.

Mayor Gustavo Petro stressed that gun crime had the largest decrease of 24%, from 78 cases during a three-month period last year to 59 in 2012. The data is based on statistics from the National Institute of Legal Medicine, Bogota Metropolitan Police and the Prosecutor General's Office.