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Yemen,Brazil

Brazil's Merchants of Death: Unchecked Gun Exports Kill - NYT

23 October 2016

New York Times, Opinion

RIO DE JANEIRO — As Brazil weathers the worst political and economic crises in living memory, Brazilians can hardly be blamed for being distracted. But there is a subject that the country's politicians — and citizens — are not discussing, even though it risks tarnishing Brazil's international reputation as an advocate of peacebuilding and diplomacy: an unchecked arms industry and its involvement in foreign conflicts around the globe. The fingerprints of Brazil's... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia,Afghanistan,Russia,Central Asia,Pakistan,China,Turkey,Brazil

UN Rule of Thumb Suggests 600,000 Illegal Guns in Australia

21 October 2016

Age (Melbourne)

As many as 600,000 illegal guns could be circulating in the Australian underworld, but national efforts to control the spread is being hampered by inconsistencies between states, a firearms intelligence report has found. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission report on guns - to be released on Friday, the same day as state and federal government representatives meet to thrash out a way to combat illegal firearms - also backs a national amnesty. Chris Dawson,... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Brazil Reviews Exports After Gun Maker Skirts Arms Embargo

29 September 2016

New York Times, Reuters

Brazil is reviewing its procedures for controlling arms exports, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Thursday, when asked about an investigation into a sale of guns by Forjas Taurus SA that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions. "We are updating the regulations in this area, seeking objectivity and transparency. They need updating," the minister said. Jungmann said the review was part of a "periodic" update of arms export regulations. Taurus, the largest weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Manifesto in Support of the Disarmament Statute of Brazil

21 September 2016

Igarapé Insitute (Brazil), Communique

Brazilian society: We are researchers from public and private universities and research institutions across Brazil and around the world. Our goal is to highlight the scientific evidence associated with the Disarmament Statute. Studies on the relationships between the Statute and lethal violence are available in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and doctoral theses, a sample of which is listed in the Annex. Among other things, these studies refute the hypothesis... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Brazil 57 Experts Oppose Bill to Weaken Gun Law [PT]

21 September 2016

Sul 21 (Brazil)

[Translated summary: A group of 57 researchers from Brazil and abroad have published a manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute. The document aims to inform society of the available scientific evidence confirming the effectiveness of the Statute as a tool to save lives. The evidence refutes the idea that more guns mean less violence.] Um grupo de 57 pesquisadores de instituições públicas e privadas de ensino e pesquisa no Brasil e no exterior... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Brazil 57 Experts Warn Against Bill to Weaken Gun Law [PT]

21 September 2016

O Globo (Brazil), Editorial

[Translated summary: A manifesto against the revocation of the Disarmament Statute was signed by 50 experts with the support of 13 organisations linked to issues associated with the reduction and prevention of violence in Brazil. The bill to repeal the statute would reduce the minimum age for gun purchases from 25 to 21 and relax the eligibility criteria for a gun licence, among others.] Manifesto contra a revogação da lei, a ser lançado hoje em Brasília, alerta... (GunPolicy.org)

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El Salvador,South Africa,Nigeria,India,United States,Venezuela,Mexico,Colombia,Brazil

World is Far Less Violent: Global Murders Halving in a Decade

7 September 2016

Foreign Affairs (USA)

The world has never been safer than it is right now. Most forms of violence have dropped precipitously over the past few centuries. Although conflict deaths recently spiked (the war in Syria accounts for one third of all war-related killings today), fewer people are dying from warfare than at virtually any time in human history. Terrorist violence also increased over the past two years—especially in six countries the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia—but it still... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,Yemen

Brazil's Big Gun Maker Charged with Sales to Yemeni Trafficker

6 September 2016

Reuters

Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday they had charged Forjas Taurus SA, Latin America's largest gun maker, in May for dealing with a known Yemeni arms trafficker in violation of international sanctions, prompting the company's shares to plunge. Taurus confirmed on Monday a Reuters report that two former executives had been charged over a deal in 2013 that allegedly sent arms to Yemen's civil war, but the company said it was only a concerned party in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

Brazilian Company Taurus Sold Guns to Yemeni Trafficker [ES]

5 September 2016

Radio Formula (Mexico), Reuters

[Translated summary: Federal prosecutors in Brazil accused two former Forja Taurus executives of sending 8,000 handguns to an active Yemeni arms trafficker in 2013. Forja Taurus is a major gun manufacturer which supplies the Brazilian police and the Army, and is one of the five main gun suppliers to the American market, where it sells three-quarters of its production.] Fiscales federales en el sur de Brasil acusaron en mayo a dos ex ejecutivos de Forjas Taurus de... (GunPolicy.org)

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Yemen,Brazil

Brazil Gun Manufacturer Sold Guns to Trafficker from Yemen

5 September 2016

Reuters

Brazil's Forjas Taurus SA, the largest weapons manufacturer in Latin America, sold guns to a known Yemeni arms trafficker who funneled them into his nation's civil war in violation of international sanctions, according to charges in court documents reviewed by Reuters. Federal prosecutors in southern Brazil charged two former executives of Forjas Taurus (FJTA4.SA) in May with shipping 8,000 handguns in 2013 to Fares Mohammed Hassan Mana'a, an arms smuggler active... (GunPolicy.org)

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Chile,Russia,Ecuador,Brazil,United States

Brazil, Chile, Ecuador Largest LatAmerican Gun Exporters [ES]

6 August 2016

Sputnik News

[Translated summary: Brazil is the main firearms exporter in Latin America, with over 4 million guns sold between 2005 and 2010 and 85 million USD earned in the 2014-2015 period. 54% of these guns were purchased by the US. Chile is the second largest exporter, followed by Ecuador.] El comercio de armamento a nivel internacional es un negocio multimillonario. Mueve unos 76.000 millones de dólares al año. El continente latinoamericano no es ajeno a este negocio. "En... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil,South America,Argentina,Central America,Mexico

Handgun Trade Worth US$699 Million in Latin America [ES]

30 June 2016

Gestion (Peru)

[Translated Summary: According to a survey by a research team in Geneva, in the past year the three Latin American countries that exported most handguns were Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. The countries that imported most handguns were Mexico, Chile and Colombia. The US was the main buyer.] La encuesta de armas pequeñas del 2015 reveló cifras de los principales países latinoamericanos exportadores e importadores de armas de fuego autorizadas. La encuesta fue... (GunPolicy.org)

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South America,Brazil

Security Firms a Big Source of Guns for Criminals in Brazil

23 May 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Over 30 percent of all weapons belonging to private security firms in Rio de Janeiro end up in the hands of criminals, authorities say, highlighting an important yet often overlooked source of firearms for criminal groups throughout Latin America. A Federal Police report accessed by Globo states that at least 17,662 firearms were diverted or stolen from the stockpiles of private security companies in Rio de Janeiro state over the last 10 years. This figure represents... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Lawyers Push to Carry Hidden Handguns in Brazil [PT]

18 May 2016

Metrópoles (Brazil)

[Translated summary: Hidden handguns could become an option for lawyers, who by the risks of the profession may be entitled to be armed. A bill approved by the Public Safety Commission and Combating Organized Crime of the House of Representatives promises to heat up the debate.] O Projeto de Lei nº 704/15, do deputado Ronaldo Benedet (PMDB-SC), ressalta que o porte de armas é para defesa pessoal, condicionado a requisitos do Estatuto do Desarmamento. No cenário... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Firearm Records Not Issued in Brazil for Lack of Paper [PT]

17 May 2016

Pravda (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The death of a Military Officer in Rio de Janeiro drew attention to a serious situation: the lack of paper for the issue of Gun Registration Certificates. The difficulty to obtain firearms records in Brazil is not new. After the Disarmament Statute implementation in 2003, restrictive laws sought to make the process bureaucratic and expensive.] A morte de um Policial Militar no inicio deste mês no Morro do Alemão, no Rio de Janeiro, chamou... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

Brazil: Firearm Use to Aggravate Penalty in Violent Crime [PT]

16 May 2016

Agência Senado (Brazil)

[Translated summary: The use of firearms in crimes committed with violence or serious threat to the person may soon attract stiffer penalties. The harmful potential of the firearm will be considered in two ways: if the weapon is of permitted use, the penalty shall be increased in half and it will be doubled if the device used in the crime is of limited use.] O uso de arma de fogo em crimes praticados com violência ou grave ameaça à pessoa poderá ter pena mais... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

With Nearly 60,000 Deaths, Brazil Wants Easier Gun Access

28 March 2016

National Public Radio (USA)

At the dilapidated morgue in the northern Brazilian city of Natal, Director Marcos Brandao walks over the blood-smeared floor to where the corpses are kept. He points out the labels attached to the bright metal doors, counting out loud. It has not been a particularly bad night, yet there are nine shooting victims in cold storage. Most were shot with guns that were not legally owned, he says. Almost 60,000 people were murdered in Brazil in 2014, most with guns. While... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uruguay,Brazil

Firearms Trafficking from Uruguay to Brazil [ES]

21 March 2016

El Pais (Uruguay)

[Translated summary: Four people were arrested by the Special Brigade for International Crimes, for trafficking firearms from Uruguay to Brazil. The traffickers paid 'mules' to lawfully buy firearms in Uruguay 'since the sale of firearms in the country is free', a police source said.] La Brigada Especial en Delitos Internacionales detuvo a cuatro personas que traficaban armas desde Río Branco (Cerro Largo) hacia Brasil. El modo de operar de los traficantes era... (GunPolicy.org)

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South Africa,Brazil,Australia,United States

Gun Control: What Works and What Doesn't

7 March 2016

Washington Post, Blog

Gun control works, but you have to be smart about it. That's the takeaway from a major new analysis out this month in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews. Columbia University's Julian Santaella-Tenorio and a team of researchers pored over the results of 130 studies on gun control legislation passed in 10 different countries to find out which policy interventions worked, which ones didn't and on what issues the jury was still out. Big caveat up front: Sussing out cause... (GunPolicy.org)

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France,Spain,United States,Brazil,Venezuela,Mexico

Mexico Weapons Imports Increased 331% since 2011

23 February 2016

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Mexico's arms imports grew by 331 percent over the last five years, compared to 2006-2010, raising more concerns over the government's reluctance to scale back the militarization of the drug war. The report (pdf), compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), notes that arms imports to the Americas decreased by 6 percent from 2011-2015 versus 2006-2010. Despite this, Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil all saw a rise in imports. According to... (GunPolicy.org)

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