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Soares, Eduardo. 2013 ‘Disarmament Campaign.’ Firearms-Control Legislation Policy - Brazil; Section VI, pp. 48-49. Washington DC: Law Library of Congress (USA). 1 February

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Disarmament Campaign

To further encourage the disarmament of the population, the government has promoted disarmament campaigns under the authority of Decree No. 5,123 of July 1, 2004, which charges the Ministry of Justice with the responsibility for establishing the procedures necessary to carry out disarmament campaigns and designates the Federal Police as the organ in charge of the regularisation of firearms.(64)

To this effect, the government also maintains a website that explains the National Disarmament Campaign. According to the website:

[t]he National Disarmament Campaign seeks to mobilise the Brazilian society to withdraw the largest possible number of firearms from circulation. The voluntary surrender of weapons by citizens is provided for in the Disarmament Statute and can be carried out at more than 2,000 collection points throughout Brazil. Beyond the collection of firearms, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of having a firearm. Through the slogan "Protect Your Family. Disarm Yourself.", the campaign makes an emotional appeal, with statements based on real cases of parents who lost children in accidents or fights; ordinary situations that, with a gun, can become fatal.

Studies such as the Map of Violence, released in February 2012 by the Ministry of Justice, show a decrease in violence and a drop in homicide rates during the period of previous campaigns. Therefore, the measure has proven to be effective and fulfills the determination of the Disarmament Statute.(65)


64) Decreto No. 5.123 de 1 de julho de 2004, art. 70-G,

65) Conheça a Campanha, CAMPANHA NACIONAL DO DESARMAMENTO, (last visited Jan. 30, 2013).

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