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Dreyfus, Pablo, and Marcelo de Sousa Nascimento. 2010 ‘Estimates of Small Arms Held by Active and Retired Military Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.’ Small Arms in Brazil: Production, Trade, and Holdings; Special Report No. 11 (Chapter 2), p. 98. Geneva: Viva Rio, ISER, and the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 September
Estimates of small arms held by active and retired military officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs)
Officers and NCOs - who make up 43 per cent of the total armed forces - may hold firearms for personal use.
By law, each officer and NCO has the right to buy three small arms (one handgun, one rifled long-barrel gun, and one smoothbore long-barrel gun) every two years. Based on interviews, it seemed appropriate to use a conservative estimate of two handguns purchased per officer and NCO.
Multiplying the total number of officers and NCOs in the three armed services by two yields a total of 289,800 small arms possessed by active-duty officers and NCOs in the armed forces.
[The total armed force is 314,300, with 33,800 officers and 96,000 NCOs]