Thursday, October 16, 2014

Argentina: How Can Banning Firearms Sales in One City Be Effective?

According to The Latin American Tribune, authorities in the northeastern Argentine city of Santa Fe (population: 353,000) announced on Wednesday (October 15) that they were banning sales of guns and ammunition for 90 days amid a surge in violent crime reflected in 117 homicides so far this year.

The measure, which was approved by the city council, requires all gun dealers to be registered with the Argentine government.

Firearms were reportedly used in 90 of the 117 murders reported this year in Santa Fe, capital of the province of the same name, according to a statement made by Mayor José Corral.

COMMENT: With few exceptions, forbidding one single municipality in a country of 42 million result in reducing violent crime, particularly when most street criminals operate nationwide and are not bound by municipal boundaries.

Unless I'm missing information I don't possess, I fail to understand how banning firearms sales in one city or even one state would have any benefit at all on national level crime statistics?

Typically, law-abiding citizens of any nation who follow their country's firearms laws DON'T commit crimes. 

It is naturally presumed that law enforcement at all levels of government takes reasonable steps in keeping illegal firearms out of the hands of criminals assuming that there are vigorous penalties for offenders committing a crime with a firearm.

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