Venezuela arrested three low-level military officials after more than a ton of cocaine was found on a flight from Venezuela. The US has long accused military officials there of involvement in trafficking.
President Maduro said the decision to leave the court is 'fair and just,' despite claims that it violates the country's Constitution.
Hugo Chávez had close ties with Venezuela's military, and hopes for a more progressive civilian policing model under President Maduro seem to be losing out to militarized strategies.
Estimates on gun ownership in Venezuela range from 1 million to 6 million, and circulation was unregulated until last year. President Maduro recently signed a law that would create a strict gun permitting process.
Unlike many countries where national statistics agencies make household surveys public, Venezuelan researchers find even the most basic data is restricted.