CARACAS: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro signed a gun control bill into law Friday in a bid to rein in the country’s runaway violent crime. The bill will allow sentences of up to 20 years in prison for any civilian convicted of illegally carrying or selling a firearm. It also restricts the sale of ammunition to civilians, and bans weapons from being shown in public places. “Any arm that is confiscated will be destroyed immediately . . . the sales of weapons and ammunition also ends,” said National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello. There are some exceptions: people are allowed to use weapons to protect their property and themselves when in danger, and security personnel can use them when transporting valuable items.