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A Closer Look At The 2012 Gun Ban That’s Helping Maduro Stay In Power

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Rachel Stoltzfoos Staff Reporter
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A cleverly designed 2012 ban on private gun ownership in Venezuela is making it easier for Nicolas Maduro to keep a popular uprising in check, but perhaps more importantly, the ban is making his clampdown more palatable to a watching world.

Some Venezuelans, including experts and expats, expressed frustration with the ban last week, after a call from U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido for an armed uprising largely fell flat. It’s all but impossible for citizens to get guns, they lamented, which means they have to rely on the military to oust Maduro from power rather than a popular uprising. (RELATED: Venezuela Banned Gun Private Gun Ownership Less Than Ten Years Ago)