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  • Gun violence steadily declined in SA between 2000 and 2011.
  • The drop followed a 2000 law that made it harder for ordinary citizens to get a gun permit. Researchers suspect that policies targeting guns specifically drove some of this drop in homicide because gun-related murders decreased more sharply than other kinds of homicide.
  • In the Colombian cities of Bogotá and Medellín, a law which made it illegal for gun owners to carry their firearms in public saved 30 lives each month. Here’s what it could mean for SA.

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