Colombia: New security law strengthens gun control and bans aerial shooting

On 30 May, the Congress of Colombia approved a new law on security which included stronger punitive measures for unlawful use of small arms. The law will enable authorities to enforce longer prison terms, of up to 9 to 12 years, for illegally fabricating, trading and carrying guns and ammunition. It also criminalises aerial shooting for the first time in Colombia, now punishable by 1 to 4 years in prison. It is hoped that this new statute will contribute to bringing down the rates of homicides in the country. In 2009, 17,717 were killed, 13,851 of them with a gun, according to