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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Brazil is

2017: 17,510,0001
2012: 16,800,0002 3 4 5 6
2010: 17,600,0007 8 9

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Brazil is

2017: 8.301
2012: 8.62 3

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Brazil ranked at No. 810

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Brazil ranked at No. 753

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

The number of licensed gun owners in Brazil is reported to be 1,300,00011

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

The rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Brazil is 0.7612

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Brazil is reported to be

2017: 8,080,2951
2010: 5,370,50013 14 15 16 9 4
2009: 7,312,22717
2006: 4,125,40214 15 8
2005: 5,370,50017 3 18 6
2003: 3,155,69115

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Brazil is

2010: 2.7412 16
2009: 3.7712
2006: 2.19
2005: 2.89
2003: 1.74

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Brazil there are estimated to be 3,800,00019 18 to 9,499,84720 6 4 5 8

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

Unlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Brazil the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be 4.8512

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Brazil are reported to have 1,316,30021 5 22 23 18 24 8 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Brazil are reported to have 803,20025 23 26 27 5 8 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 45,06828
2013: 42,604
2012: 42,41629 6
2011: 38,74429
2010: 38,892
2009: 39,67729 30 31
2008: 38,65829
2007: 36,840
2006: 37,360
2005: 36,060
2004: 37,113
2003: 39,325
2002: 37,979
2001: 37,122
2000: 34,98529 32 33
1999: 31,19829
1998: 30,211
1997: 27,753
1996: 26,481
1995: 26,764
1994: 24,318
1993: 22,742
1992: 21,086
1991: 21,550
1990: 20,614
1989: 20,440
1988: 17,126
1987: 16,092
1986: 14,869
1985: 13,488
1984: 12,578
1983: 10,830
1982: 9,045
1981: 9,320
1980: 8,71029 6

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 22.2428
2013: 21.20
2012: 21.28
2011: 19.61
2010: 19.86
2009: 20.934 12
2008: 20.434 35
2007: 19.5
2006: 20.0
2005: 19.6
2004: 20.7
2003: 22.2
2002: 21.7
2001: 21.5
2000: 20.634 12 35
1999: 19.034 35
1998: 18.7
1997: 17.4
1996: 16.9
1995: 17.234
1994: 15.8
1993: 15.0
1992: 14.2
1991: 14.7
1990: 14.3
1989: 14.4
1988: 12.3
1987: 11.8
1986: 11.1
1985: 10.2
1984: 9.7
1983: 8.6
1982: 7.3
1981: 7.7
1980: 7.334 12

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 42,46728
2013: 40,065
2012: 39,852
2011: 36,302
2010: 36,483

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2,56328
2013: 2,500
2012: 2,533
2011: 2,404
2010: 2,383

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual homicides by any means total

2015: 55,57436
2014: 59,68128
2013: 56,804
2012: 56,337
2011: 52,198
2010: 52,260
2009: 51,43437 38 39 40 41 42
2008: 50,113
2007: 47,707
2006: 49,14537 38 39 40 42
2005: 47,578
2004: 48,374
2003: 51,043
2002: 49,695
2001: 47,943
2000: 45,36037 38 39 40 42 32
1999: 42,91438 42
1998: 41,950
1997: 40,507
1996: 38,894
1995: 41,59542

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2015: 26.7436
2014: 22.2428
2013: 21.20
2012: 21.28
2011: 19.61
2010: 19.86
2009: 27.037 39 40 41 42
2008: 26.4
2007: 25.2
2006: 26.337 39 40 42
2005: 25.8
2004: 27.0
2003: 28.9
2002: 28.5
2001: 27.8
2000: 26.7
1999: 24.9812 42
1998: 24.78
1997: 24.28
1996: 23.66
1995: 25.742
1993: 19.0443

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual male homicides by any means total

2014: 54,73628
2013: 51,937
2012: 51,544
2011: 47,619
2010: 47,749

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual female homicides by any means total

2014: 4,83228
2013: 4,762
2012: 4,719
2011: 4,512
2010: 4,465

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Brazil, annual firearm homicides total

2014: 42,75528
2013: 40,369
2012: 40,07729
2011: 36,737
2010: 36,79229 37 44 45
2009: 36,62429 44 46
2008: 35,67629 46 44 42
2007: 34,147
2006: 34,921
2005: 33,419
2004: 34,187
2003: 36,11529 46 44 45
2002: 34,16029 46 44 47
2001: 33,40129 46 44
2000: 30,86529 46 44 32
1999: 26,90229 38
1998: 25,674
1997: 24,445
1996: 22,976
1995: 22,30629
1994: 18,889
1993: 17,002
1992: 14,785
1991: 15,759
1990: 16,588
1989: 13,480
1988: 10,735
1987: 10,717
1986: 8,803
1985: 8,349
1984: 7,947
1983: 6,413
1982: 6,313
1981: 6,452
1980: 6,104

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 21.1028
2013: 20.08
2012: 20.11
2011: 18.59
2010: 18.79
2009: 19.334 44 46
2008: 18.834 46 44 40 42
2007: 18.0
2006: 18.7
2005: 18.134 46 44 42
2004: 19.1
2003: 20.434 46 44
2002: 19.634 46 44 47
2001: 19.434 46 44
2000: 18.234 46 44 12
1999: 16.434
1998: 15.9
1997: 15.3
1996: 14.6
1995: 14.3
1994: 12.3
1993: 11.234 48
1992: 9.934
1991: 10.7
1990: 11.5
1989: 9.5
1988: 7.7
1987: 7.8
1986: 6.6
1985: 6.3
1984: 6.2
1983: 5.1
1982: 5.1
1981: 5.3
1980: 5.1

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Brazil, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2012: 95.5%49
2010: 70%37
2009: 71.2%38 30 50
2008: 71.2%38 42
2007: 71.6%
2006: 71.1%
2005: 70.2%
2004: 70.7%
2003: 70.8%38
2002: 68.7%
2001: 69.7%
2000: 68.0%
1999: 62.7%
1998: 61.2%
1997: 60.3%
1996: 59.1%
1992: 70.1%49
1980: 70.1%

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Brazil, annual male firearm homicides total

2015: 40,32928
2014: 40,329
2013: 38,007
2012: 37,715
2011: 34,442
2010: 34,576

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Brazil, annual female firearm homicides total

2015: 2,39028
2014: 2,390
2013: 2,323
2012: 2,332
2011: 2,258
2010: 2,194

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual suicides by any means total

2014: 10,65328
2013: 10,533
2012: 10,321
2011: 9,852
2010: 9,448
2009: 11,23751
2008: 11,134
2007: 10,647
2006: 10,34951 52
2005: 10,048
2004: 10,113
2003: 9,803
2002: 9,494
2001: 9,363
2000: 8,186
1998: 6,98533

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2014: 5.2628
2013: 5.24
2012: 5.18
2011: 4.99
2010: 4.82
2009: 5.851
2008: 5.8
2007: 5.6
2006: 5.551 52
2005: 5.4
2004: 5.5
2003: 5.4
2002: 5.3
2001: 5.3
2000: 4.7
1998: 3.9133
1993: 3.4653

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual male suicides by any means total

2014: 8,41928
2013: 8,309
2012: 8,061
2011: 7,762
2010: 7,375

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Brazil, annual female suicides by any means total

2014: 2,23328
2013: 2,223
2012: 2,257
2011: 2,089
2010: 2,073

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Brazil, annual firearm suicides total

2014: 97328
2013: 1,040
2012: 98929
2011: 916
2010: 969
2009: 1,06929 30
2008: 1,12329
2007: 1,141
2006: 1,138
2005: 1,226
2004: 1,247
2003: 1,330
2002: 1,366
2001: 1,408
2000: 1,33029 33
1999: 1,26029
1998: 1,407
1997: 1,539
1996: 1,543
1995: 1,555
1994: 1,321
1993: 1,169
1992: 1,085
1991: 1,037
1990: 989
1989: 850
1988: 827
1987: 951
1986: 788
1985: 781
1984: 766
1983: 789
1982: 657
1981: 731
1980: 660

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.4828
2013: 0.52
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.46
2010: 0.49
2009: 0.634 12
2008: 0.634
2007: 0.6
2006: 0.6
2005: 0.7
2004: 0.7
2003: 0.8
2002: 0.8
2001: 0.8
2000: 0.834 33
1999: 0.834
1998: 0.9
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.0
1995: 1.0
1994: 0.9
1993: 0.834 54
1992: 0.734
1991: 0.7
1990: 0.7
1989: 0.6
1988: 0.6
1987: 0.7
1986: 0.6
1985: 0.6
1984: 0.6
1983: 0.6
1982: 0.5
1981: 0.6
1980: 0.6

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Brazil, annual male firearm suicides total

2014: 87428
2013: 933
2012: 880
2011: 832
2010: 868

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Brazil, annual female firearm suicides total

2014: 9928
2013: 107
2012: 109
2011: 84
2010: 101

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2014: 38228
2013: 326
2012: 28429
2011: 264
2010: 352
2009: 35129 30
2008: 35329
2007: 320
2006: 404
2005: 244
2004: 201
2003: 283
2002: 318
2001: 336
2000: 32929 33
1999: 88829
1998: 371
1997: 250
1996: 270
1995: 534
1994: 353
1993: 456
1992: 859
1991: 1,140
1990: 658
1989: 605
1988: 586
1987: 677
1986: 669
1985: 575
1984: 515
1983: 566
1982: 467
1981: 448
1980: 386

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2014: 0.4728
2013: 0.43
2012: 0.53
2011: 0.42
2010: 0.40
2009: 0.234 12
2008: 0.234
2007: 0.2
2006: 0.2
2005: 0.1
2004: 0.1
2003: 0.2
2002: 0.2
2001: 0.2
2000: 0.234 33
1999: 0.534
1998: 0.2
1997: 0.2
1996: 0.2
1995: 0.3
1994: 0.2
1993: 0.334 55
1992: 0.634
1991: 0.8
1990: 0.5
1989: 0.4
1988: 0.4
1987: 0.5
1986: 0.5
1985: 0.4
1984: 0.4
1983: 0.4
1982: 0.4
1981: 0.4
1980: 0.3

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2014: 36128
2013: 301
2012: 258
2011: 246
2010: 321

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Brazil, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2014: 2128
2013: 25
2012: 26
2011: 18
2010: 31

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Brazil, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 95828
2013: 869
2012: 1,06629
2011: 827
2010: 779
2009: 1,63329 30
2008: 1,50629
2007: 1,232
2006: 897
2005: 1,171
2004: 1,478
2003: 1,597
2002: 2,135
2001: 1,977
2000: 2,46129 33
1999: 2,14829
1998: 2,759
1997: 1,519
1996: 1,692
1995: 2,369
1994: 3,755
1993: 4,115
1992: 4,357
1991: 3,614
1990: 2,379
1989: 5,505
1988: 4,978
1987: 3,747
1986: 4,609
1985: 3,783
1984: 3,350
1983: 3,062
1982: 1,608
1981: 1,689
1980: 1,560

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Brazil, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.534
2011: 0.4
2010: 0.4
2009: 0.934 12
2008: 0.834
2007: 0.7
2006: 0.5
2005: 0.6
2004: 0.8
2003: 0.9
2002: 1.2
2001: 1.1
2000: 1.434 33
1999: 1.334
1998: 1.7
1997: 1.0
1996: 1.1
1995: 1.5
1994: 2.4
1993: 2.734 54
1992: 2.934
1991: 2.5
1990: 1.7
1989: 3.9
1988: 3.6
1987: 2.7
1986: 3.4
1985: 2.9
1984: 2.6
1983: 2.4
1982: 1.3
1981: 1.4
1980: 1.3

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Brazil, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 90328
2013: 824
2012: 999
2011: 782
2010: 718

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Brazil, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2014: 5328
2013: 45
2012: 66
2011: 44
2010: 57

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Brazil, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 8 64 65 66

Number of Small Arms Manufactured

The reported annual number of small arms manufactured in Brazil is

2002/07: 2,300,0008

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Brazil was ranked 'medium'67 68

Home-made Guns

In Brazil, the prevalence of illicit craft, or 'home-made' firearm manufacture is reported to be moderate69 66

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Brazil, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law70 71 56 57 59 72 73 74 75 76

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Brazil is reported by Customs to be US$284,590,75477 (2011)78 79 80 81 82

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Brazil was categorized as 'major'83 84 85 86 82 87 45

Firearm Imports

In Brazil, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law88 62 56 57 59 63 72 74 75 76

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Brazil is reported by Customs to be US$14,291,31877 (2011)89 90 91 92

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Brazil is high93 94 95 96

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Brazil, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law97 73 98 99

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Brazil include71 73 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Brazil scored

2016: 7.00100
2014: 7.00101
2013: 7.50102
2012: 7.50103
2011: 8.50104
2010: 9.00105
2009: 9.00106
2008: 9.00107
2007: 8.50108
2006: 8.00109
2005: 8.50110
2004: 9.00111

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Brazil is categorised as restrictive112

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Brazil includes the Firearms Act No. 10 826 of 2003,113 114 and its regulation No. 5 123,115 the Decree No. 3 665 of 2000,116 Ministerial Act No. 7 of 2006,60 Ministerial Act No. 16 of 2004,74 the Constitution and the Penal Code of Brazil58

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Brazil are regulated by the Ministry of Justice and the Federal Police,117 through the National Arms System (SINARM),59 and the Command of the Brazilian Armed Forces118 62 119 120

Right to Possess Firearms

In Brazil, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law121 122 123

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Brazil, civilians are not allowed to possess weapons for the exclusive use of the Army,124 automatic firearms, certain handguns, smooth bore long guns or with a rifled barrel, disguised firearms125 and imitation firearms,63 with few exceptions126

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Brazil, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited,125 127 128 129 with few exceptions126

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Brazil, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted under licence130 127

Regulation of Handguns

In Brazil, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited,125 with only narrow exemptions130 131 126 127 128 129

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Brazil, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law125 130 129

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Brazil, only licensed gun owners132 133 134 135 136 129 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Brazil are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, security133 137 138 131 128 114

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Brazil is 25 years,139 137 138 140 114 with only narrow exemptions141 142 143

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Brazil must pass a background check which considers criminal, mental health and employment133 144 131 138 129 114 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Brazil, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required123

Partner to be Advised or Interviewed

In Brazil, licensing authorities are not required123 to conduct interviews with, or to advise an applicant's spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a gun licence

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Brazil does not stipulate123 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Brazil, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required144 133 138 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Brazil, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years133 57 114

Licensing Records

In Brazil, authorities maintain a record145 59 127 146 of individual civilians licensed to acquire, possess, sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Brazil are permitted to possess one firearm per authorisation147 148 114

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Brazil are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition147 114

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Brazil, the law requires149 145 134 126 59 150 151 127 146 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Brazil, licensed firearm dealers are required152 133 59 146 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Brazil, licensed gun makers are required59 153 146 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Brazil, State agencies are required149 126 151 154 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Brazil, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited without a licence from the Federal Police155 133

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Brazil, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful56 57 132 152 59 62 156 151

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Brazil is obliged133 144 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Brazil is obliged133 144 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Brazil, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is limited to three firearms (one handgun, one rifle, one shotgun) every two years, for retired military officials and non-commissioned officers157

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Brazil, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 30 business days133

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Brazil, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated158 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Brazil include159 136 141 160 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Brazil include161 162 163 158 160 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Brazil include154 164 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Brazil include165 166 135 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Brazil, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law60 145 61 62 75 167 168

Firearm Tracing

In Brazil, state authorities carry out61 62 169 170 171 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Brazil, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not123 45 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Brazil, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law132 137 131 172 173 45 129

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Brazil, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited174 173

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Brazil, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit137

Gun Free Zones

In Brazil, private guns are prohibited in sports arenas, churches, banks, schools, government buildings and other gathering places174 175

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Brazil, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm176 is two to four years in prison and a fine132 58 177 141 178 179 180 181 168 160

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Brazil are known to have182 183 184 185 17 186 187 8 188 189 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn Brazil, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2009: 212,279190 191 192
2008: 60,196190
2005: 459,855191 192 193 194 8 195

Exchanged in Gun Buyback

ChartIn Brazil, the total number of firearms exchanged for monetary or in-kind compensation during recent gun buyback and disposal programmes is reported to be

2012: 27,329196
2011: 40,000
2003/09: 1,100,000197

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Brazil, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2015: 8,681198
2014: 18,630198 199
2013: 13,681198 200
2012: 15,740201 200
2011: 15,560
2010: 14,441
2009: 11,664201
2008: 11,112
2004: 469,0008

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Brazil, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2012: 500,000202
2005: 253,321203 204 192 195
2003: 5,000194
2002: 10,000
2001: 100,000194
1997/2013: 2,800,000202

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Brazil, it is state policy205 206 17 203 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

Organization of American States

On 14 November 1997, as a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Brazil adopted the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Explosives, Ammunition and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), a legally binding multilateral treaty of which the OAS is depository. The CIFTA Convention has since been signed and ratified207 208 by Brazil

United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

The UNCCPCJ, a subsidiary body of the Economic and Social Council mandated to promote action to prevent national and transnational crime, lists209 Brazil as an elected member

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2006210 by Brazil.

Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed, but not yet ratified211 by Brazil

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified212 by Brazil

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Brazil committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects213

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Brazil against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 62214 215 216 217 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Brazil has submitted one or more national reports218 99 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Brazil, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated219 99

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Brazil, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated99

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Brazil submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent219

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated99 by Brazil to other UN Member States

UNPoA International Assistance – Recipient

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been provided99 to Brazil by other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Brazil has not declared220 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Brazil has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945221

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies does not list222 Brazil as a Participating State

BackgroundCountry Profile

Conflict Profile

For a profile of conflict in Brazil, select the Link icon to open an external web page from the UCDP Conflict Encyclopedia at Uppsala University

Global Peace Index

To see where Brazil ranks, select the Link icon to open an external web page at the Global Peace Index


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