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Bandeira, Antonio Rangel. In: Webster, Daniel W and Jon S Vernick (Eds). 2013 ‘Brazil: Gun Control and Homicide Reduction.’ Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Chap 17), pp. 213-222. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 25 January
Brazil accounts for 13% of the world's firearm homicides, despite having only 2.8% of the world's population. Brazil holds the sad world record for the highest number of annual deaths by firearms in absolute numbers.
Faced with such deplorable rates of death by gun violence, Brazil has started reversing this trend by implementing a series of controls on these lethal products. The results have been impressive.
According to the national Ministry of Justice, Brazil has reduced deaths by firearms from 39,284 in 2003 to 34,300 in 2010—a saving of 5,000 lives.
This essay analyzes the steps that have been taken.