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Dreyfus, Pablo, Benjamin Lessing and Júlio Cesar Purcena. 2010 ‘The Size of Brazil's Small Arms Industry in Context.’ Small Arms in Brazil: Production, Trade, and Holdings; Special Report No. 11, pp. 52-53. Geneva: Viva Rio, ISER, and the Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 September

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The Size of Brazil's Small Arms Industry in Context

Brazil's level of production makes it a medium-sized small arms producer - the second-largest in the western hemisphere and the dominant regional player.

Yet small arms production constitutes an infinitesimal portion of total economic activity. Indeed, the tiny role played by the small arms industry debunks arguments made by the gun lobby against restriction of weapons sales to civilians and other gun control measures on the grounds that the arms industry represents a major source of employment and income generation for Brazilians…

The small arms industry clearly has not suffered as a result of the Disarmament Statute, as gun advocates had warned.

Its role has remained stable at around 0.06 per cent of the Brazilian industrial sector, which represents one third of the economy.

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Figure 1.10a: Brazil: employment in the small arms and military equipment industry, 1996–2005, p. 53;

Figure 1.10b: Brazil: employment in the small arms industry, 1996–2005, p. 53

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