Venezuela's government has prohibited the possession of guns in public places in an effort to counter rampant violent crime.The measure outlaws guns in all public places and specifically mentions city squares, parks, sports facilities and restaurants.President Hugo Chavez's government in February announced temporary measures outlawing gun possession in public areas as well as halting gun sales and the granting of permits for firearms. The new rules make those changes permanent and also call for metal detectors in restaurants and bars.

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